Sharon Dogar Waves

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Waves

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A major YA debut by a stunning new talent, acquired in a hot auction; a LOVELY BONES for teens.

When Hal's family makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave Charley, their comatose daughter, behind in a hospital ward while they spend the summer on the west coast of England, Hal finds it harder than ever to shake his sister's presence. What power is letting him share her memories? And will they reveal the deep, dark truth behind her tragic "accident"? Set at a beach where growing up goes wrong, WAVES is a coming-of-age story about first love and first loss; about a family drowning in sorrow, and the remarkable son who is struggling against the tide to save them.

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Liverpool native Sharon Dogar is a graduate of the City Literary Institute of London, and her diverse métiers include being a waitress, bar girl, fruit picker, hearing therapist, school counselor, and now an official writer. Sharon enjoys staring at the sea, lying in meadows, reading stories, looking at pictures in galleries, watching theatre, spending time with family and children, and traveling to here and there.

Sharon’s first book with Scholastic’s Chicken House, Waves, will be released in 2007. About how the story was birthed, Sharon comments, I had the moment.’ That moment when a character just arrives in your mind and begs to be written--whether you want to do it or not. I remember it was lunchtime, and I was fed up and angry because everything I tried to write felt dull and dead. I walked into the sitting room and had a thought: I was by the sea. And in that moment I saw a boy with his back to me, he was in the kitchen of a beach house, looking at something on the wall. Looking at it with utter intensity and absorption. I knew straight away his name was Hal. I walked back into my own kitchen and wrote the prologue, immediately and completely, exactly as it remains now in the final manuscript. And then I had to write the story to go with it!”

For the future Sharon plans to be an involved and active mother and eventually grandmother, see spring turn into summer every year, and of course, continue writing. She presently resides in England with her husband and three children.

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Fifteen-year-old Hal found his sister Charley washed up on a Cornwall beach, unconscious. A year later, as his parents wrestle with disconnecting Charley from life support, the family returns to Cornwall. Waves of Charley's thoughts and memories float eerily into Hal's mind, driving him to discover what happened to his sister. Was she hurt by her boyfriend, Pete, the surf god and brother of Hal's new girlfriend? Waves are the perfect metaphor for Hal's feelings of anger, fear, love, and grief. James Clamp helps listeners negotiate waves of turbulent emotions and shifts from past to present, place to place, and viewpoint to viewpoint. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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