The Living


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Delacorte Press
Language Arts Curriculum

Shy Espinoza grew up in a working class family that lived in a town on the border of California and Mexico. His grandmother has just passed away from the mysterious Romero disease which leaves the family in some financial trouble. Wanting to earn some money he takes a job on a cruise ship for the summer. You would think that handing out towels and water to guests with the benefits of making friends and meeting girls would be the best thing to ever happen to him. But on the first cruise he happens to be on deck when a man jumps over the side and commits suicide. Even though Shy hangs on with everything he has the man still slips from his grasp and falls. As Shy starts his second cruise he hopes that he can move away from what happened. But when a mysterious man follows him, ransacks his cabin and wants to know what the man’s last words were Shy is scared and starts watching over his shoulder. One night when a big storm is pummeling the ship they find out an earthquake has hit the whole coast of the United States and Canada. It is “the big one”. What could possibly be left of the Shy’s home and family? Then without much warning a tsunami hits, not once but twice sinking the ship and killing many. Shy ends up on a raft with Addie, a spoiled rich girl who wouldn't give him the time of day on the ship. But when tragedy strikes and death looks you in the face, relationships are bonded and you see the real people. With subtle hints in the story about some mysterious islands a few questions are answered but many are left hanging, leaving you wanting to know more. Look for those answers in book #2. 311, ISBN:9780385741200, Ages 14+

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