The Last True Poets of the Sea
The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere. At least, that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer. But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.
Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece—the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.
JLG Release: Jan 2020
Awards & Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*
School Library Journal
5 3/4" x 8 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Homophobic Slur, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
Families, Shipwrecks, Mental illness, Love, Maine, Siblings,