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Kyna likes her friends, her purple hair, and taking photographs. But there's something she definitely doesn't like: the water. Every time she comes near it, she feels the sinister pull of the depths trying to draw her down to a watery grave. Even the calm water in the bathtub reminds her of the torrential storm that took the lives of her sailing family when she was just a baby. But Kyna's adopted parents love nothing more than to swim and splash about in lakes and streams, or even the local pool. When they decide to spend the summer at a beach house on Lake Champlain, Kyna is convinced that they're trying to teach her something about water that she's not ready to learn. Little does she know that the water will reveal far more than she ever could have imagined. Inspired by Champ, the legendary monster living in Lake Champlain, Water Steps finds novelist A. LaFaye at her best, expertly interweaving themes of adolescent fears and fantasies, the frustrations and rewards of family, and a world of mystery and magic under the placid surface of nature.
Milkweed Editions; November 2012
- ISBN 9781571319067
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- Title: Water Steps
- Author: A. LaFaye
Imprint: Milkweed Editions
About The Author
Alexandria LaFaye is the author of several children's books, including The Strength of Saints, Stella Stands Alone, The Year of the Sawdust Man, and Worth, which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. She teaches children's literature at the summer MFA program at Hollins University, and writing for children and young adults in the MFA program at Hamline University. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas.