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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. M. Bouwman Narrator: H. M. Bouwman, Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781524755171
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An enchanting historical fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of the Newbery Honor-winning Inside Out and Back Again.

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift—he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.

This is but the first of three extraordinary stories that collide on the high seas of the Second World. The second story takes us back to the beginning: Venus and Swimmer are twins captured aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica in 1781. They save themselves and others from a life of enslavement with a risky, magical plan—one that leads them from the shark-infested waters of the first world to the second. Pip and Kinchen will hear all about them before their own story is said and done. So will Thanh and his sister Sang, who we meet in 1978 on a small boat as they try to escape postwar Vietnam. But after a storm and a pirate attack, they’re not sure they’ll ever see shore again. What brings these three sets of siblings together on an adventure of a lifetime is a little magic, helpful sea monsters and that very special portal, a crack in the sea.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin is extraordinary in bringing this fantasy world and its characters to life. Her pace is consistently smooth…Pip and sister Kitchen sound like typical kids. Siblings Swimmer and Venus, survivors of the 1781 disaster, carry a hint of Africa in their voices. Thanh and Sang speak English with the caution of those new to the language. The afterword, narrated by the author, discusses the historical events that became the story’s seed. An amazing listening experience, timely as we again see a world in turmoil. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Through the captivating interwoven tales of these three sibling pairs…Bouwman crafts a moving narrative about family, magic, morality, the power of storytelling, and the cyclical nature of history.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Constantly engaging and enlightening.”

    BookPage

  • “Bouwman weaves together these stories of freedom and escape with a deep sense of respect and emotion, bringing the reader directly into each family’s search for a safety that transcends both time and space.”

    Booklist

  • “This novel touches on sensitive and tragic moments in history and gives them fantastical remediation for a provocative, immersive read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bouwman has done her research well…keeping her young characters’ journeys—physical and emotional—front and center. Their tenderness, fierceness, bravery, thoughtfulness, and goodness highlight themes of family, leadership, and telling of history…Original and engrossing.”

    Horn Book Guide

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read
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About the Author

H. M. Bouwman is the author of A Crack in the Sea and The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap. She is an associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.