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With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie.

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.

In this lovely middle-grade novel, Michael D. Beil has invoked one of his own favorites, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, as well as other great summer books of years-past.
Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780375897917
List price: $7.99
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Mellow read, takes you back to youthful summers. Enjoyed the way reading "We weren't meant to go to Sea" tied into the plot and how often books were tied into the plot. Nicholas' Uncle Nick was a great mentor to teach Nicholas and his twin sisters how to sail. They got a chance to learn some family history and discover their father's childhood at the same time following his footsteps lead them to some hidden truths.Fun summertime readmore
It took a little while to get into this book, but I truly enjoyed it by the end. Nicholas and his twin sisters are spending their summer at their great-uncle's house just as their Dad did when he was young. They meet Charlie, a neighbor girl, and learn that their Dad and Charlie's Mom were good friends. Part adventure story, part mystery, the kids resolve a long-standing injustice as well as learn to sail, ride bikes, and enjoy summer in the country.more
Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime! If you're a kid ages 10-12 you'll love this book. If you're an adult like me who never had the chance to spend a summer vacation on a lake, you'll love it, too. What a gem of a book. A perfect book to read on a screened porch sitting in a big old chair with a tall glass of lemonade at hand. And, yes, it's perfectly okay for adults to read kids' books. I give you my permission.more
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Mellow read, takes you back to youthful summers. Enjoyed the way reading "We weren't meant to go to Sea" tied into the plot and how often books were tied into the plot. Nicholas' Uncle Nick was a great mentor to teach Nicholas and his twin sisters how to sail. They got a chance to learn some family history and discover their father's childhood at the same time following his footsteps lead them to some hidden truths.Fun summertime readmore
It took a little while to get into this book, but I truly enjoyed it by the end. Nicholas and his twin sisters are spending their summer at their great-uncle's house just as their Dad did when he was young. They meet Charlie, a neighbor girl, and learn that their Dad and Charlie's Mom were good friends. Part adventure story, part mystery, the kids resolve a long-standing injustice as well as learn to sail, ride bikes, and enjoy summer in the country.more
Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime! If you're a kid ages 10-12 you'll love this book. If you're an adult like me who never had the chance to spend a summer vacation on a lake, you'll love it, too. What a gem of a book. A perfect book to read on a screened porch sitting in a big old chair with a tall glass of lemonade at hand. And, yes, it's perfectly okay for adults to read kids' books. I give you my permission.more
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