Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

From Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins, this effervescent story introduces two sisters—Alix and Jools—and takes readers on an unforgettable journey to the beach.

In the style of the author’s acclaimed Nuts to You, this joyful celebration of sisters, family, and the ocean contains black-and-white illustrations throughout. Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale and Rebecca Stead’s Liar and Spy will love this engaging family story.

Alix and her sister, Jools, have never seen the ocean. When their parents pack them up for a week at the shore, Alix is nervous about leaving home, but excited, too. At the beach, the girls make friends, go exploring, and have adventures both big and small. They pick periwinkles, spot crabs, and discover that the beach is full of endless possibilities. As the week comes to an end, Alix is surprised to find she doesn’t want to leave!

Award-winning author Lynne Rae Perkins has beautifully crafted a genuine and engaging novel about sisters, family, and exploration. Features stunning pencil and ink drawings. A great read-aloud as well as a good choice for newly independent readers.--from the publisher

240 pages             978-0062499660           Ages 8-12


Alix and Jools, sisters, are heading to the beach for their first sight of the ocean and a fun-filled summer vacation. It's going to be a time of unexpected discoveries from the sea glass to the realization that each of them holds special qualities that are admired and valued.

The family arrives and moves into their summer cottage and a new friend appears. Each day brings new adventures none of which are high octane but all of which weave together into a memory building treasure of a summer together.

The most wonderful treasure of all in this story is the rhythm of the unexpectedness of life which just like the waves of the ocean can bring you something scary and something wonderful. Life is just that. You will make it through the tough times and you will celebrate the wonderful times. It's a mystery and a gift and in this one vacation all of that becomes vividly clear and shines.

Family connections, spending time together, recognizing the wonder of a raptor or a sister or a piece of pastry, these are the threads, the pieces that create a great life and see you through the harder times.

A warm and thoughtful story to take quietly into your heart.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,

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