Clumsy 12-year-old Tristan Hunt, the champion of stumbles, falls into a shark enclosure at a water park and begins to learn that he is more gifted underwater than on land. With a newfound interest in all things marine, he is invited to a special summer camp full of kids very much like him, such as new friend Sam and roommate Hugh. While learning about the sea and their special powers in the water, Tristan, Hugh, and Sam get involved in an exciting mission to the Bahamas to save ailing sea creatures. There’s just enough magic and adventure woven into the sea-life facts to make this story fun and compulsively readable, which is by design, it seems, since Prager is a marine scientist first and foremost. There are definitely comparisons to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson to be made, since Tristan is similarly easy to root for. With relatively low drama and a fun and fantastical marine atmosphere, this is a perfect beach read for middle readers who want more realism with their adventure. Grades 5-8. --Stacey Comfort
About the Author
Dr. Ellen Prager is a marine scientist and author, formerly the chief scientist at the world's only undersea research station in the Florida Keys. With her ability to make science fun and understandable for people of all ages, she has built a national reputation as a spokesperson on earth and ocean science issues. She has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "CNN," "CBS," "NPR," "The Discovery Channel," and more. Dr. Prager has participated in research expeditions to locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and throughout the Caribbean. She now acts as the science advisor to the Celebrity Cruise ship Xpedition in the Galapagos. She lives in Miami, Florida, where she spends her time writing, consulting, and spending as much time on and in the ocean.
Antonio Javier Caparo is an illustrator, comic artist, and graphic designer. His works have been published in children books, young reader books, and magazines in North America, South America, and Europe.