Chasing at the Surface
By Sharon Mentyka
WestWinds Press
October 4, 2016 | Ages 8-12
ISBN: 1943328609

Kirkus Review

Chasing at the Surface tells the story of a young girl’s courage and the healing power of nature. After her mother unexpectedly leaves home, twelve-year old Marisa struggles with her feelings of loss and abandonment just as a pod of nineteen orca whales―mothers with their new calves following a run of chum salmon―become trapped in the enclosed inlet near her Northwest home. Marisa’s journey to help the whales find their way home brings her to a new understanding of the assaults humans have had on nature, and the complicated meaning of family and home.

  • Inspired by a true event that occurred in Dyes Inlet, Washington
  • Middle reader debut packed full of action, authentic conflict and dialog, and vivid descriptions
  • Includes map, Orca pod chart, and discussion questions
  • Author is an excellent speaker who does school visits and has an active online presence 
  • Good choice for current affairs and environmental read for kids who love animals and nature
  • Relevant and of interest to Pacific Northwest nature lovers of all ages

Sharon Mentyka's Chasing Blog Tour

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October 2-9, 2016

Date Stop on Tour Blog
October 2, 2016 Interview Girls Who Reads
October 3, 2016 Interview Gidget Girls Reading
October 4, 2016 Review The Book Faerie
October 5, 2016 Review I Read Until Dawn
October 6, 2016 Review Kitty Cat at the Library
October 7, 2016 Interview ProvatoEvents
October 9, 2016 Review Randomly Reading
October 14, 2016 Guest Posting Kirby Larson's Blog
October 25, 2016 Interview ALSC Blog