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It's tough being the youngest member of the Solar Blue surfing academy. It's tough being friends and competitors at the same time; and combining study and training. But for 14-year-old Fly Watson, the adventure of her life has only just begun. Blue Water High: The Novel is based on the hugely popular children's television series Blue Water High, which won Most Outstanding Children's Program at the 2006 Logie Awards. It's the engrossing story of 12 months at the academy, seen through the eyes of Fly. Surfing is all Fly has ever wanted to do but, suddenly, there's a whole lot more that seems to be getting in the way - such as Heath, and some very buried demons that Fly is determined not to reveal. And then there's the one big question that haunts them all: who will qualify to surf the pro-circuit and win a three-year sponsorship contract?
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This young adult novel follows a year in the life of Fly (Fiona) Watson who has just won a scholarship to study at Blue Water High School. Seven teenagers every year are picked to live and train at the school, and eventually compete for the top prize which is awarded at the end of every year-a one-year sponsorship contract to surf the pro circuit and represent their school. Unfortunately for Fly, she is the youngest, shortest and least likely to win. As expected, by the end of the book Fly has overcome her fear of big waves, got the boy of her dreams and won the surf comp. Blue Water High was firstly a TV series and it won a Logie for Most Outstanding Children's Show for 2006. Unfortunately this novelisation doesn't equal the show in uniqueness and creativity, but that could be due to the difficult task of editing a whole TV series into 296 pages. Fans of the show will love this, but everyone else will be lost as to what all the fuss is about. Anna Hood is a bookseller at Avid Reader Bookshop & Café, West End, Brisbane

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