By Ben Bo

Place: Publisher & Year: Minneapolis: Lerner Sports, 2000

Genres: General fiction, adventure, paranormal

ISBN: 9780822533085

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 159 (161 including Editor’s Note)

Setting: Mulligan, Ireland (County Sligo) and Storm Island, Florida (near Cape Canaveral)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Jonah Ebbers has one good thing in his life – the surf at Craxkull Point.  This is where he heads when he needs to get away from his alcoholic father, the kids at school, and the voices in his head.  When he is in the water, riding a wave, he is at peace with the world.  Unfortunately, he can’t surf forever.  The strange voice and girlish apparition he can almost see at times is disturbing him more frequently, on top of his father making a fool of himself at the tavern and spending all of their money on alcohol.  Jonah wants a normal life with a future worth looking forward to, but he will have to examine his past to find it. Continue reading


The Green Room: Mai Huli ‘Oe I Kōkua O Ke Kai, Respect the Ocean

By Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Place: Publisher & Year: Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, 2005

Genres: Mystery, adventure, suspense

Series: Storm Kayama Mysteries; 2

ISBN: 9781590581988

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 275 (including Glossary and References)

Setting: Oahu, Hawaii

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Storm Kayama has recently started her own law practice.  She barely has time to worry about getting clients before she has her first call brought to her by “coconut wireless”.  Storm’s first client is a friend of her cousin, Nahoa, a professional surfer.  Storm can’t afford not to take divorce cases and agrees to take Stephanie Barstow as a client.  Her son Ben will be competing in the same surfing contest as Storm’s cousin, while Stephanie’s soon to be ex-husband, Marty, is planning to start a new surfing competition on Oahu’s North Shore.  Storm soon finds herself hitting the waves, as well as, questioning whether or not some of the recent surfing accidents really were accidental. Continue reading