Arm of the Starfish
Adam's summer job as research assistant to a noted marine biologist on a Mediterranean island is a dream come true - until he's blamed for a young girl's disappearance from his flight, chased through Lisbon by thugs, and drawn into a secret with international implications.
Unusual for his professor-mentor to send a recent high school graduate to assist Dr. O'Keefe with starfish regeneration experiments. Unusual that beautiful Kali warns him that O'Keefe and his associate Canon Tallis are not what they seem when she meets Adam for the first time.
Diverted to Madrid by fog, Adam worries that he'll miss his connection in Lisbon, but Canon Tallis assures him that they'll wait, especially as O'Keefe's preteen daughter Poly is on this same plane. But when Poly goes into the airplane lavatory and doesn't return, the flight crew tells Adam she was never aboard!
Dr. O'Keefe himself meets Adam at the airport, telling him that Poly has been kidnapped by someone wanting his research results. Before they can get to the boat for Gaea, Adam is chased and shot at, lied to, brought up-to-date on espionage, and sworn to secrecy.
How can they get Poly back safely?
What is so important about this starfish research?
Which side is Kali really on?
Science and mystical forces weave together in a 1965 outside of our history books on this island paradise where family and community must guard against mercenaries and greed. First of the O'Keefe family stories by A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engle, The Arm of the Starfish is followed by Dragons in the Waters.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com