“A Crack in the Sea,” by H.M. Bouwman (Putnam), is an amazing book. This book can bring you to adventures in one sitting!

It’s all about a portal in the sea. But it opens only when it is least expected. It’s a portal to the second world. It is never shown on maps. So you have to find it yourself.

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But the Raft King wants to change that all. He wants to find a way to make everyone in Raftworld have a way to get back home to the first world, Earth. To do that, he needs a special boy. His name is Pip. Pip has an incredible gift. He can talk to fish! So the Raft King takes Pip — but for a good reason.

Pip misses his family. And his sister Kinchen and a Raftworld girl named Caesar are trying to take him back. But how will they do it? Well, you’ll have to find out by reading this amazing book!

Rating: Five smiles.