Graham Salisbury is the author of several novels, among them the awardwinning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, and Under the Blood-Red Sun. His most recent books are Eyes of the Emperor and House of the Red Fish. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Gr 5-9-While camping out on the south flank of Kilauea, Dylan endures taunts and threats from older, glowering Louie, newest member of his Boy Scout troop from Hilo and with whom he has had a previous encounter. A campfire ghost story sets a suspenseful mood, which is heightened by the suggestion of some paniolos-Hawaiian cowboys who have camped out nearby-that the Goddess Pele, in the form of a dog Dylan has repeatedly seen, foretells trouble to come. That night there's an earthquake, then a bigger one. As the boys struggle to regain their senses, they are struck by a tsunami. Louie and Dylan, relatively uninjured, work together to find and help the others. Dylan swims out to rescue their dazed and injured scoutmaster and Sam, who desperately clings to a small rubber air mattress. Louie and Dylan undertake an arduous hike along the shore to obtain help. Spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter, the troop is rescued. Dylan and Louie may not have become best friends, but they've reached an appreciation of each others' strengths. An author's note explains the details of the story that are based on true events. Like Ivy Ruckman's No Way Out (HarperCollins, 1989), Salisbury's tale of courage, strength, and survival is appealing, exciting, and insightful.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2007:
"Salisbury weaves Hawaiian legend into the modern-day narrative to create a haunting, unusual novel that will practically booktalk itself." --Carolyn Phelan
"This vivid adventure soon strips away every vestige of normality leaving characters dependent on their wits."--Booklist, Starred