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 Sam makes a splash (House On Sunrise Lagoon)
 Author: Melleby, Nicole

 Publisher:  Algonquin Young Readers (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 210 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 635780 ISBN: 9781643753102
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Belonging (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Sibling rivalry -- Fiction
 Foster parents -- Fiction
 Lesbian mothers -- Fiction
 Boats and boating -- Fiction
 Family-owned business enterprises -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Eleven-year-old Sam, who lives with her siblings and mothers in a house on Sunrise Lagoon, tries to come up with a plan to save the family's charter boat business before the summer is over.

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/23)
   Booklist (03/01/23)

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Booklist - 03/01/2023 In this new series, 11-year-old Sam(antha) seeks reassurance of her place in the sprawling Ali-O'Connor household, where Mom runs a boat charter and repair business and Mama teaches school. Sam wants nothing more than to take over Mom's business when the time comes, but whispered comments convince her that Mom might have to sell. Compounding her worries is Sam's fear of water; she is the only sibling who cannot swim, a distinct disadvantage if you live on a Jersey Shore lagoon. As in similar family series (e.g., Jeanne Birdsall's Penderwicks) the Ali-O'Connors are an appealing bunch, each with their own quirks and foibles. The rivalry between Sam (who is adopted) and slightly older sister Harbor (Mom's biological child) is both believable and heart-wrenching at times; Marina (also adopted) is book-loving and reserved; and younger twins Cordelia and Lir (Mama's biological children) add humorous, relatable moments to the story. Perhaps most heartwarming is the tentative alliance that develops between Sam and Harbor as they team up to help Mom. Book 2, Marina in the Middle, publishes simultaneously. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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