Waves by Sharon Dogar

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A major YA debut by a stunning new talent, acquired in a hot auction; a LOVELY BONES for teens.

When Hal's family makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave Charley, their comatose daughter, behind in a hospital ward while they spend the summer on the west coast of England, Hal finds it harder than ever to shake his sister's presence. What power is letting him share her memories? And will they reveal the deep, dark truth behind her tragic "accident"? Set at a beach where growing up goes wrong, WAVES is a coming-of-age story about first love and first loss; about a family drowning in sorrow, and the remarkable son who is struggling against the tide to save them.

About Sharon Dogar

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Liverpool native Sharon Dogar is a graduate of the City Literary Institute of London, and her diverse métiers include being a waitress, bar girl, fruit picker, hearing therapist, school counselor, and now an official writer. Sharon enjoys staring at the sea, lying in meadows, reading stories, looking at pictures in galleries, watching theatre, spending time with family and children, and traveling to here and there. Sharon’s first book with Scholastic’s Chicken House, Waves, will be released in 2007. About how the story was birthed, Sharon comments, “I had ‘the moment.’ That moment when a character just arrives in your mind and begs to be written--whether you want to do it or not. I remember it was lunchtime, and I was fed up and angry because everything I tried to write felt dull and dead. I walked into the sitting room and had a thought: I was by the sea. And in that moment I saw a boy with his back to me, he was in the kitchen of a beach house, looking at something on the wall. Looking at it with utter intensity and absorption. I knew straight away his name was Hal. I walked back into my own kitchen and wrote the prologue, immediately and completely, exactly as it remains now in the final manuscript. And then I had to write the story to go with it!” For the future Sharon plans to be an involved and active mother and eventually grandmother, see spring turn into summer every year, and of course, continue writing. She presently resides in England with her husband and three children.
Published April 1, 2007 by Chicken House. 344 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the help of Jack, Hal’s crush and the younger sister of Charley’s boyfriend, Hal learns to listen closely to Charley’s disembodied voice and to piece together memories of that fateful night until he finally understands the shocking truth behind Charley’s accident.

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Suddenly Hal recalls a figure on the beach watching Charley in the sea that night she was hurled by the waves and knocked unconscious.

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Gothic romance fans will eagerly dive into this eerie debut novel, which traces the ethereal connection between Hal, a British teen, and his comatose older sister, Charley.

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The narrative shifts from its primary protagonist --- Hal, Charley's 14-year-old brother --- who feigns indifference at Charley's situation when he really, desperately wants his sister back, and Charley, trapped in a body that no longer responds to her commands.

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Nothing finer than first summer love except this one is complicated by the fact that Hal’s older sister Charley lies in a coma in a hospital bed.

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