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Shyam Selvadurai. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Tundra Books  $24.99  ISBN 0-88776-735-4  274 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 15

Young adolescent Amrith is growing up in Sri Lanka, a behind the times place where all teenagers are drawn to the exciting and novel North America. Forever troubled by his past he lives in a cloud of hate and rebellion. Blaming his misfortune and sadness on the people who have taken him in, he pushes them further and further away. His hate goes deep enough for him to be able to shun his bubbly, joyous Ďauntí; whom it seems almost impossible to dislike.

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea was an excellent story. Filled with the drama of growing up in an unstable world, this book allows the reader to see life through the eyes of an angry young boy. Before he can move on, get over his grudges and live again, Amrith must come face to face with his past. And then live it down.

It took me a while to get into this novel, but once I did I was hooked. I think that this book is worth four stars. The only reason it misses having the fifth is because of the time it took me to get into the story.


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