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Title: Catch the Sea
Publisher: Bradbury Press
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: New
Edition: First Edition.
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While her artist father is away trying to arrange a much-needed exhibition, thirteen-year-old Lily stays alone at the beach cottage in which they've spent the summer and discovers her own inner strengths and resources and some evidence of an artistic talent that she's always been afraid to test.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- Lily Maxwell's artist father is commissioned by the wealthy Pearl Phipps to paint pictures of the sea for her new condominium complex. However, Mrs. Phipps had expected pretty sand and sea pictures and is furious at the abstract images that Maxwell has painted. Lily placates her and finagles another week's time, supposedly for her father to produce suitable paintings. In reality, he goes to New York to have a show to make some money and asks Lily to give the illusion that they are both at the beach house. The majority of the book deals with Lily's week alone, her relationships with a variety of neighbors, and her attempts to keep Mrs. Phipps out of the house. To help fill time she begins to experiment with painting. Mrs. Phipps sees her paintings, assumes that Maxwell has painted them, and wants to buy them. The story line is implausible. It is improbable that Mrs. Phipps didn't know the style of the artist that she commissioned, that they didn't have a contract, and that someone who wanted postcard-type pictures would accept amateur abstracts. It seems too irresponsible for Maxwell to leave his 13-year-old daughter alone for a week. Lily's character is fully developed, but the others in the story are one-dimensional. The story moves slowly. Catch the Sea will not catch many readers. --Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, S.C.
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