Sink or Swim by Tash McAdam
Orca Soundings/Orca Book Publishers
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Bass and his adventurous new girlfriend Rosie skip school for a joyride on a boat. As a storm rolls in and their boat becomes damaged, the pair must find their way to a deserted island and fend for themselves. Bess is transgender and working on self-confiedence, so when he bravely chooses to swim for help, the story evolves from adventure to romance to self-discovery.
Tash McAdam writes in simple sentences using only the present tense and packs a big punch into a short book. Bass’s point of view is well-established, and readers will connect emotionally with his worries that range from whether Rosie actually likes him to how to survive. The plot moves quickly and ends with a hopeful future.
This is a good pick for students who like reading Hi-Lo survival stories like Tornado by Sharon Jennings or watching shows like Survivor, The Wilds, or Naked and Afraid.
–Diana Ford Baltimore, MD
Other Nominated Titles
- I Dare You by Jeff Ross (February 23, 2021)
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