Not As We Know It

Not As We Know It

By Tom Avery

New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015.

Grades 5 and Up     Realistic Fiction   159 Pages

Ned and Jamie are twins but they don’t look much alike. Jamie is tall and healthy and Ned smaller and suffers with cystic fibrosis. This is a condition that causes recurrent lung infections which over time causes the lungs to fail. Ned’s breathing is getting worse day by day.

not-as-we-know-it-203x300Mom decides to home school the boys to keep Ned away from other germs, granddad, a retired seaman, who teaches the boys geography and shares folktales from his time at sea.  These tales include stories of merpeople and of other creatures great and small with mystical powers.  Ned and Jamie love to take adventures along the seashore where they live which includes taking in treasures they find along the way and daydreaming about granddads stories.  After a good storm and Ned feeling pretty good, the boys go off and find a treasure that both feel confident will change their lives. A creature that looks half human and half fish—they name him Leonard and store him secretly in the garage until it mends. Find out if this creature holds some mystical power that can fulfill both boys hopes and dreams.

A story that will touch your heart for sure!

 

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