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Volume VII Number 13 . . . . March 2, 2001
"Just jump in!" Mom calls.Ten year-old Carly is passionate about diving. She doesn't quite know how to go about it, but she is determined to learn, confident that all she needs to do is open herself up to the possibility --- and wait. When the time is right, she'll know.
To help things along, Carly's mother enrolls her in diving lessons, and Carly happily spends the summer at the pool and at the family's oceanside cottage with her friends, Montana and Sam.
All goes well until Montana dives onto an underwater log and breaks her back. Then life changes for everyone.
Waiting to Dive is the touching story of a young girl's ongoing effort to make sense of life. Although basically a happy child, Carly must come to terms with her father's death, with her new stepfather and his children, with Montana's accident, and with her own mixed-up feelings.
Reminiscent of stream-of-consciousness literature, Rivers' latest juvenile novel follows the ramblings of Carly's mind, and though the story is recounted chronologically, Carly's thoughts jump back and forth through time. She is refreshingly honest, admitting her less-than-honorable feelings, her vanity, and the things that make her angry. It is with whimsical fascination that the reader watches her mature.
Kristin Butcher is a former teacher who now lives in Victoria, B.C. and writes for children.
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