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Sometimes finding your way home takes more than courage. It takes a leap of faith.
After her mother unexpectedly leaves home, twelve-year old Marisa struggles with her feelings of loss and abandonment just as a pod of nineteen orca whales—mothers with their new calves following a run of chum salmon—become trapped in the enclosed inlet near her Northwest home. Can Marisa find a way to free the whales even if it means facing the secrets in her mother’s past?
Sharon Mentyka is a writer and teacher with an MFA from the Whidbey Writers Workshop. Her stories and essays for both children and adults have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Chasing at the Surface, her debut novel for middle grade readers, was inspired by an actual event that occurred in Dyes Inlet, Washington.
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