The Coastwatcher by Elise Weston
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It is summer 1943 and America is at war. Eleven-year-old Hugh and his family are spending the summer on the South Carolina coast. Day after day Hugh scans the Atlantic Ocean through his binoculars, looking for signs of enemy activity. It seems like a harmless way to spend least at first.

But one day Hugh sees something in the water that looks like a periscope. Later he plucks a black bag out of the surf. Inside is a crudely drawn map. Then one night he spots a light flashing from the cupola at the top of an abandoned beach house. Now Hugh is convinced that enemy soldiers have invaded the coastline!

Set against the backdrop of the home front during World War II, Elise Weston's dramatic adventure will draw readers in with its exciting blend of mystery and history. Young people will also respond to the sympathetic protagonist who learns that war is not a distant and exciting game, but a grim reality actually involving real people and real danger.


About Elise Weston

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Elise Weston is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has published articles and book reviews in numerous publications and is the former book page editor of Augusta Magazine. She lives in Georgia.
Published August 30, 2005 by Peachtree Publishers. 160 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Hugh, age 11, spends his days staring through his binoculars at the water off the coast of South Carolina, looking for enemy activity.

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