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On a rainy night eight years ago, Evan Barrett's parents were lost at sea. In horror, he listened to their frantic Mayday calls on the ship-to-shore radio, to his mother's cries for mercy--and to the deafening shrieks that answered her back.
Now seventeen, Evan has gone in search of answers to his parents' strange disappearance. The only explanation that makes any sense to him is that they were swallowed up by The She, a legendary sea creature that devours ships. But when Evan's quest for the truth uncovers shocking allegations against his parents, he must deal with the possibility that everything he knows about his family is a lie.

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 127 x 175.3 x 30.5mm | 249.48g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Harcourt Paperbacks
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0152054537
  • 9780152054533
  • 1,756,156

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"A moody, spooky page-turner."--"School Library Journal"
"The serpentine story . . . will grip readers . . . [An] exciting adventure, which hardly allows readers a moment to take a breath."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Grippingly suspenseful."--"Kirkus Reviews"
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About Carol Plum-Ucci

CAROL PLUM-UCCI is the author of What Happened to Lani Garver as well as The Body of Christopher Creed, which was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. She lives in New Jersey.
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652 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (190)
3 35% (227)
2 10% (66)
1 3% (18)

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Carol Plum-Ucci has established a niche for her mysteries by blending realism and the unexplained. Following upon the success of THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED and WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER?, the author penned a credible tale that is part problem novel and part supernatural thriller. THE SHE takes the reader to familiar territory in young adult fiction--death, drug abuse, rebellion against authority, and dysfunctional families--while also presenting a haunting overtone that prevails from the first page to the last. As a child, Evan overheard his parents\' death at sea from the radio in their bedroom and continues to struggle with the circumstances that claimed their lives over ten years later. Were they drug smugglers who faked their death only to escape the authorities? Or were they the victim of a legendary sea monster rumored to have caused many shipwrecks along the neighboring shores? As he struggles to find the truth, he is joined by an unlikely female ally, a mentally-unstable \"wild child\" named Grey. Evan distrusts her initially due to their \"bad history,\" but mutual sympathy and affection grows as they realize they both need to discover the truth about the local legendary sea monster, known only as \"The She.\" As in her earlier novels, Plum-Ucci presents likeable anti-heroes as her main characters. Evan is popular at school but rebellious; Grey is infamous and feared, a practitioner of cruel jokes. They are the kind of characters one is drawn to, despite parental wishes. As their own tangled pasts are unwound, they grow more and more sympathetic to each other and the reader. Another subplot is Evan\'s relationship with his brother, a source of tension in his life. The brothers ongoing debate about their parents disappearance represents the dichotomy of rationality/skepticism vs. curiosity/faith; the reader will identify with both sides of this \"coin.\" We are drawn to believe in myths and legends, but steeped well enough in the 21st-century to want a rational explanation for the unexplained. Each of them is forced to confront the other\'s point of view at critical junctures of the story, leaving the reader in suspense. Is there a sea monster? Or is there a rational explanation for their parents\' disappearance? This tension remains to the very end of the novel, making it an enjoyable page-turner. It comes highly more
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