A dazzling novel about surfing that also explores the issues of adoption. "All they lived for was the white pumping surf...young men, dressed in crazycoloured wet suits, cutting through the breakers...The very sight of them made his body zing..." Matt hero-worships the surfers, who bring a taste of freedom and adventure to the grey northern seaside town where he lives. He'd love to be one of them down on the beach, riding the waves, instead of visiting old Florrie for a school history project. There's a lot more to Florrie, though, than meets the eye, and her personal history has some uncanny similarities to Matt's own. Through his friendship with Florrie, he learns to surf his own sometimes rough sea of relationships, negotiating and balancing the pulls of emotions he experiences.
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Theresa Tomlinson was a thirty-year-old mother of two when she began to write down the stories she'd made up to entertain her children. The first to be published was The Flither Pickers, which was followed by The Water Cat, The Secret Place, Riding the Waves (commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1991), The Rope Carrier, Haunted House Blues, Meet Me by the Steelmen (commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1998) and Night of the Red Devil. All of Theresa Tomlinson's books are set in the north of England - many of them on the north-east coast, an area around which she travelled extensively as a small child.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027892077