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Gregory S. Lamb
on May 11, 2012 :
Sailing Lessons is a well written young adult summer read and a perfect companion for youngsters heading off for summer camp or taking a summer sailing course.
The author, Heather Wood created some excellent characters to weave the reader through some realistic situations that pre-teens might have to face. The story is pretty wholesome and could play itself right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I liked how James and Izzy were so focused on their love of sailing and their time on the lake that they weren't distracted by TV, the Internet, or Computer Gaming. Instead they wrapped themselves in their relationships with Tanner the dog, and Izzy's grandparents. Of course there was the main theme of James learning to sail under the tutelage of Izzy and Ted, Izzy's granddad.
Like many other traditional stories written for Pre-teens, "Sailing Lessons" doesn't address bigger issues facing young people today. What it does though, is gently introduce young readers to the idea that they can actually learn something by reading good stories.
No doubt Heather Wood will recycle James, Izzy, and Tanner into some more stories that young readers will surely enjoy. Hopefully Wood has a series planned for this audience.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)