Now 2019 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield
Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs
The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito
The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar
Breakout by Kate Messner
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
Click by Kayla Miller
The Complete Guide to Light by Mark Cleghorn
The Doughnut King by Jessie Janowitz
Fusion for Beginners and Experts by Rebecca Sugar and Angie Wang
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Green Trails and Upland Pastures by Walter Prichard Eaton
Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift by Kallie George
A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Bryne
Misfit City Volume 2 by Kirsten Smith
The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman
Read on Arrival by Nora Page
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
So Done by Paula Chase
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne
Trace by Pat Cummings
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang
Up for Air by Laurie Morrison

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 08) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 15) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 22) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 29) June 2019 Sources
June 2019 Summary

Road Essays
Road Narrative Update for June 2019

Previous month


Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Canadian Book Challenge: 2019-2020



Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.


Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea: 07/26/19

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins is a middle grade novel about a family trip to the ocean. With the illustrations it's presented as fantasy but the narrative is grounded in reality. The flights into fancy are the result of the sisters' imaginations.

While the book goes in chronological order, each chapter is its own vignette. There's the drive to the ocean where they make plans. They hunt for periwinkles. They discover a crab. They explore.

In tone this book reminds me of the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall. I'm most reminded of the younger Penderwicks time in Maine in The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (2011).

Like the Penderwicks books, this one sits on road narrative spectrum. Specifically, this one is a CC3333. It's a tale of siblings to a rural place via a Blue Highway. Or in this case, sisters going on a beach holiday by way of a Blue Highway.

Although the sisters are at the beach with their parents, the entire focus of novel is from their point of view. The parents facilitate the travel and the adventures, but they don't participate in the narration — in the recounting of the adventures. Therefore, the travelers are siblings (CC). Sibling travelers tend to be at the fantasy end of the spectrum but the moments where the girls talk of mermaids or other adventures, are just them playing pretend.

The destination is a beach and a small beach town (33). From the way the girls (and their parents) stick to the beach. The beach appears to be in a secluded spot, or to be part of a small town or village.

The journey to the beach is covered in the first chapter. It involves a long trip at night through numerous small towns. The way the journey is described it doesn't give the impression of being an interstate (33).

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea is an example of a realistic sibling road narrative. While the majority of the sibling narratives I've covered include an element of fantasy or science fiction, placement in the spectrum doesn't demand placement in a specific genre.

Five stars

Comments (0)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:

Twitter Tumblr Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2019 Sarah Sammis