Shark Bait by Graham Salisbury
(Laurel-Leaf Books)

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Mokes is 12, and he knows he's supposed to stay out of town Saturday night when the Navy comes ashore. But tonight's the night when his hero, tough-guy Booley, has vowed to get revenge on a sailor. He's got to be there! One problem: Mokes's Dad is the chief of police.
 

About Graham Salisbury

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Graham Salisbury writes from the heart and draws on his own experiences of growing up in Hawaii. His drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident through his work. Says the author: "I've thought a lot about what my job is, or should be, as an author of books for young readers. I don't write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore. . . . And if my stories show [characters] choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then maybe I will have finally done something worthwhile. Wonder of wonders." Salisbury has already done something worthwhile. His first novel, Blue Skin of the Sea, won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, the Bank Street Child Study Awa
 
Published September 8, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the climactic melee, his judgment impaired by beer and weed, Mokes gets beaten up and watches as Booley points the gun at a police officer and takes a bullet in the leg.

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About to enter college, Mokes must choose between being a ""Daddy's boy"" and sticking by his tough-guy buddies in a ""tense, fast-paced"" tale that successfully evokes its Hawaiian setting, said PW.

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Salisbury's liberal use of the clipped, staccato-sounding local English evokes an exotic community, in which Mokes and his friends grapple with such universal coming-of-age issues as loyalty, honesty, trust and self-confidence.

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