DIVerse Families
 
Dark Water

Title

Dark Water

Authors

Laura McNeal

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Year

7-19-1900

ISBN

9780375849732

Pages

287 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

divorced parents

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

Diversity Impact

indirect

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