Tanya Guerrero's How to Make Friends with the Sea is a heartwarming middle grade debut novel set in the Philippines about a young boy, whose anxiety is exacerbated when his mother takes in an orphaned child with a cleft lip.
Pablo is homesick. He's only twelve years old, but he's lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean. Now they're living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip―and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don't seem so scary. He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all...and learn how to make friends with the sea.---from the publisher
368 pages 978-0374311995 Ages 8-12
Keywords: divorce, moving, home, fears, family, mother/son, animal rescue, courage, orphan, helping others, understanding others, Philippines, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, diversity, diverse books
About the author: Tanya Guerrero is Filipino and Spanish by birth, but has been fortunate enough to call three countries home: the Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Currently, she lives in a shipping container home in the suburbs of Manila with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs. In her free time, she grows her own food, bakes bread, and reads. How to Make Friends with the Sea is her debut novel.