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Jonah, a troubled boy who escapes from his dreary life with an alcoholic father by surfing on the coast of Ireland, discovers that he has a twin sister with whom he has an unusual mental link.
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Grade 4-8-A lot of sound and fury signify an overwritten/overwrought tale. It is a surfing adventure, set primarily in Ireland, in which Jonah has a rather miserable existence. His father is notorious as the town drunk by night, employee of the cannery by day. Jonah often skips school, finding solace in the magnificent surf at Skullcrack, a slab of granite reef that catches waves off the Atlantic. His only friend, Megan, defends him when others ridicule his strange behavior and his stories about seeing ghostly figures in the Irish mist. The unhealthy status quo is broken when a mysterious stranger arrives plying Jonah's father with alcohol and giving Jonah an ancient bone inscribed with Celtic figures. His parting words warn the teen to beware of Edwin. Jonah discovers that he has a twin sister (who also loves surfing) living in the U.S. A suddenly repentant father, jubilant Jonah, and killer hurricane Edwin converge on Florida for a rather dramatic meeting of the long-separated twins. The plot is twisted in several directions, there are gaping lapses of logic, and characterizations are superficial. Surfing devotees may be disappointed by the little time spent on the waves. Reluctant readers drawn by the handsome book jacket may be lost in the protagonist's psychological struggles. For fans of the supernatural, recommend Robert Westall and Lois Duncan, the king and queen of YA suspense.
Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
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Book Description Lerner Sports, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110822533111