First reviews for The Turn of the Tide

It’s always a treat to see the first reviews of new work. I’m very happy to share these two from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

The following titles will be reviewed in the
October 15, 2015 issue of Kirkus Reviews (circ: 10,000):
Author: Rosanne Parry
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-375-86972-3
ISBN ( Library Ed ): 978-0-375-96972-0
ISBN ( e-book ): 978-0-375-98535-5
After a tsunami destroys their community, Kai’s parents, busy repairing a power plant, send him to Astoria, Oregon, to stay with relatives he barely knows, including his cousin Jet, whose ambition is to pilot ships across the dangerous Columbia River bar. His white father grew up in Astoria, but Kai, raised in Japan, identifies as Japanese. Being biracial in a culture that values conformity becomes more challenging than ever after his failed, maverick attempt to rescue his grandparents. Equally adrift, Jet doesn’t share friends Bridgie and Skye’s obsession with shopping and boyfriends; another old friend has found a new pal to sail with. Jet’s thrilled that Kai sails too, but she’s blinded by her single-minded focus on sailing. Accepting Kai’s help to repair her boat and crew in the Treasure Island Race, she forgets his trauma; pushing him into the water too soon nearly sinks their friendship. Kai had wanted to stay and help rebuild his Japanese town; he suspects fitting in will be harder when he returns. “Not so easy to be a boy between cultures,” Uncle Per says, then points out, “Lots of mariners are like you—a foot in more than one place. Captain a ship and you’re a citizen of the whole world.” Parry tells her story in third-person chapters that alternate perspective between Kai and Jet, effectively getting readers under the skin of both. Thematically rich, by turns exciting and reflective, this affectionate homage to the mariner life celebrates human commonality and difference in an increasingly interconnected world. (map, message for young mariners, author note) (Fiction. 9-12) 


The following titles have been reviewed in the
October 12, 2015 issue of Publishers Weekly (circ: 16,554):
Rosanne Parry. Random, $16.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-375-86972-3
After a tsunami leaves Kai’s Japanese town in ruins, his parents, who are busy repairing the local nuclear plant, send him to America to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousins in Oregon. Kai goes reluctantly, but his heart remains in Japan as he is haunted by images of destruction and wracked with guilt for abandoning his grandparents at the height of the storm. Meanwhile, his American cousin, Jet, is also being bothered by her conscience. While sailing her father’s boat, she made a serious mistake that put her and her brother at risk. Absorbed in their own concerns, the cousins remain polite but distant until their common interest in boats draws them together just in time for the annual Treasure Island sailing race, which will bring more danger than either child imagines. Alternating between the perspectives of two vulnerable protagonists, Parry (Written in Stone) has created a modern sea adventure that will keep young mariners rapt. Impulsive, outgoing, and determined Jet is an ideal foil for her introspective cousin. Ages 9–12. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. (Jan.)
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