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The fire, the water, and Maudie McGinn / Sally J. Pla.

Pla, Sally J., (author.).

Follows thirteen-year-old neurodivergent Maudie during an eventful summer in California with her father, where she struggles with whether to share a terrible secret about life with her mom and stepdad.
Maudie always looks forward to the summers she spends in California with her dad. But this year, she must keep a troubling secret about her home life—one that her mom warned her never to tell. Maudie wants to confide in her dad about her stepdad's anger, but she’s scared. When a wildfire strikes, Maudie and her dad are forced to evacuate to the beach town where he grew up. It’s another turbulent wave of change. But now, every morning, from their camper, Maudie can see surfers bobbing in the water. She desperately wants to learn, but could she ever be brave enough? As Maudie navigates unfamiliar waters, she makes friends—and her autism no longer feels like the big deal her mom makes it out to be. But her secret is still threatening to sink her. Will Maudie find the strength to reveal the awful truth—and maybe even find some way to stay with Dad—before summer is over?

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  • ISBN: 9780063268791
  • ISBN: 0063268795
  • Physical Description: 324 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Each wave is a new start."--Cover.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 up. Quill Tree Books.
Grades 4-6. Quill Tree Books.
Subject: Neurodiversity > Juvenile fiction.
Autistic youth > Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Divorced parents > Juvenile fiction.
Abused children > Juvenile fiction.
Surfing > Juvenile fiction.
Summer > Juvenile fiction.
California > Juvenile fiction.
Neurodiversity > Fiction.
Self-acceptance > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
Divorced parents > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

Available copies

  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Emmaus Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Emmaus Public Library YA FIC PLA (Text) 36446002110057 New Young Adult Fiction Checked Out 06/20/2024

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