Dark Water

By McNeal, Laura

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978-0-37584-973-2 978-0-37594-973-9
Publisher
Knopf


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2010

Gr 8-Up The catastrophic wildfires that ravaged Southern California in 2007 serve as the backdrop for this compelling story of a forbidden romance with tragic consequences. In the inland farming community of Fallbrook, 15-year-old Pearl tells her story through a leisurely voice. She deals with her parents' divorce; her cousin's anger at his father's suspected adultery; and, most significantly, her undeniable attraction to the alluring undocumented Mexican migrant worker Amiel, whose damaged vocal chords limit his speech but not his communication. Di...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

After fifteen-year-old Pearl's father leaves, turning her life and her mother's "upside down," they move into the guesthouse on her uncle Hoyt's avocado ranch. There Pearl becomes infatuated with a migrant laborer named Amiel. Her pursuit of Amiel develops into an undefined and illicit relationship, which they carefully hide—along with the fact that Amiel is an undocumented immigrant living in a camp by the cre...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Fifteen-year-old Pearl starts an illicit relationship with Amiel, an undocumented migrant laborer. When fire consumes southern California, Pearl abandon...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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