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On the Rocks

By: Eric Walters

Fourteen-year-old Dylan is sent to live with his estranged grandfather, Angus. Basically strangers, the two avoid each other as best they can. One day Dylan discovers a young orca stranded high up on the rocky beach. Dylan runs to tell his grandfather. There’s nothing that can be done, says Angus. The sun is coming up, and soon the orca will die of exposure. But Dylan knows he has to try to save the whale. He collects towels to cover the delicate skin of the orca and begins transporting buckets of water from the ocean below to keep it hydrated. It’s grueling work, and it will be hours before the tide comes back in and the water is high enough for the orca to swim free. Angus is moved by his grandson’s determination and helps as best he can. They both desperately hope that soon the orca will be able to join its family, who have been calling out to it just offshore.

On the Rocks is an inspiring story about the ups and downs of family.

ISBN: 9781459823648

JLG Release: May 2020

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Orcas , Islands , Grandfathers , Family , Marine life , Substance abuse , Secrets , Artists , Community

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Book Details



First Release

May 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

7" x 4 1/4"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 560L


Print Book





Potentially Sensitive Areas



Orcas, Islands, Grandfathers, Family, Marine life, Substance abuse, Secrets, Artists, Community,

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