Sink or Swim

Betty Miles

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1986
ISBN 10: 0394955153 / ISBN 13: 9780394955155
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Synopsis: An eleven-year-old boy from New York City goes to New Hampshire on a Fresh Air program for two weeks and has many new experiences in a small country town.

From School Library Journal: Grade 4-6 Eleven-year-old B.J. Johnson enters a whole new world when he leaves the inner city of New York to spend two weeks of his summer vacation with a New Hampshire family as part of a Fresh Air program. The new experiences of being surrounded by nature, animals and white people for the first time form the story line. Through B.J.'s words and thoughts, told in black English, Miles portrays his emergence from his initial timidity and fright to his blossoming into a confident, self-assured young man. Progressing from a non-swimmer to a competent one parallels his overall development during his visit. Miles steers clear of any racial conflicts which could arise in this setting, and B.J. and his young friends come off as a bit too perfect in regard to the behavior and politeness expected from kids of their age. Still, the plot will hold children's interest, and the depiction of everyday life in a rural community will be of special interest to city children who have little chance for first-hand experience in this environment.Tom S. Hurlburt, Anoka County Library, Blaine, Minn.
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Title: Sink or Swim
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
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