DIVerse Families
 
Dark Water

Title

Dark Water

Authors

Laura McNeal

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

Pages

287 pages

Publication Year

7-19-1900

ISBN

9780375849732

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; Single parent; single mother; divoreced parents; custody

Annotation

Living in a cottage on her uncle's southern California avocado ranch since her parent's messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

divorced parents

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

indirect

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 ; Choices, 2011 ; Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2010 ; Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (Grades 6-12, 2013 ; Made for Each Other: Exploring Topics through Fiction and NonFiction in Grades 6 - 12, 2013 ; Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award, 2012; Nominee ; Read On Wisconsin, 2011-2012; Nominee ; Delaware Diamonds, 2012, Winner ; National Book Award, 2010, Finalist, Young People's Literature ; San Diego Book Award, 2011, 1st Place, Best Novel

Keywords

wildfires; illegal aliens; immigrants; homeless persons; cousins; families; California

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Dark Water

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