Book of the Week #28

Wish by Joseph Monninger (NY: Delacorte Press, 2010)

"Bee's brother, Tommy, knows everything there is to know about sharks. He also knows that his life will be cut short by cystic fibrosis. And so does Bee. That's why she wants to make his wish-foundation-sponsored trip to swim with a great white shark an unforgettable memory. But wishes don't always come true. At least, not as expected. Only when Bee takes Tommy to meet a famous shark attack survivor and hard-core surfer does Tommy have the chance to live one day to the fullest. And in the sun-kissed ocean off a California beach, Bee discovers that she has a few secret wishes of her own. . . . " --Publisher's blurb

On a hot summer day a book about swimming and surfing in the Pacific seemed like a good choice. The story is set mostly in California, but the main characters are New Hampshire kids. I really liked the descriptions of surfing which were very exciting and made me feel like I was right there. This book, by NH author Joseph Monninger,  was selected by the NH Center for the Book to be featured as one of "52 Great Reads" at the 2012 National Book Festival.

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