The Ocean Within by V. M. Caldwell

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Many children at some point wonder whether they are adopted. In The Ocean Within, Elizabeth knows she is adopted and feels she cannot trust the welcome offered by her new family, the Sheridans. As she and her new siblings and cousins head to the beach for a vacation at Grandma's house, Elizabeth is secretly thrilled at the chance to finally see the ocean. On the other hand, she feels the Sheridans are just too much - too prone to hugging, too loud, too enthusiastic. And there are so many of them!

Beautifully re-creating the dynamics of a large family and revealing the heart of a young girl, The Ocean Within tracks the storm brewing within the usually sunny Sheridan summer home, as Elizabeth and the matriarch she calls the "Iron Woman" test wills - one resisting with all her strength the love and structure offered by the other.

 

About V. M. Caldwell

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Caldwell taught science for fifteen years. ERICA MAGNUS is the author-illustrator of several books for children, including Old Lars and The Boy and the Devil. She lives in Athens, Ohio.
 
Published August 17, 1999 by Milkweed Editions. 236 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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paper 1-57131-624-8 A finely crafted first novel that looks at family and new opportunities from the perspective of a foster child.

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Most of the Sheridans are frustrated by Elizabeth's seeming indifference, but perceptive, firm Grandmother (whom Elizabeth secretly calls ""Iron Woman"") and youngest cousin Petey never give up trying to draw her out of her shell.

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Most of the Sheridans are frustrated by Elizabeth's seeming indifference, but perceptive, firm Grandmother (whom Elizabeth secretly calls ""Iron Woman"") and youngest cousin Petey never give up trying to draw her out of her shell.

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