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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., 2018.

Physical Description:
307 pages ; 22 cm
Moss lives alone with her magician father and a dog on a magical island, until a tempest sweeps a wild, not-quite-human boy, Callan, onto its beaches, and the two grow close, despite her father's worries--and then one day, a young man from the outside world is shipwrecked on her island, and after that nothing will be the same again.
Decoding demand: 85 (very high) Semantic demand: 100 (very high) Syntactic demand: 80 (high) Structure demand: 87 (very high) Lexile
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Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan -- a wild boy her age -- appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doubt . . .

And when one fateful day, a young man from the outside world washes up on the beach, speaking of the Old World, nothing will ever be the same.

A dark reflection of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Storm-wake is one girl's voyage of discovery -- a mesmerizing tale of magic, faith, and love.

Author Notes

Lucy Christopher's novel Stolen was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's Gold Inky for best debut. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." She is also the author of Flyaway, a novel for younger readers, and The Killing Woods, a novel for young adults. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Moss, Pa, and fishlike Cal, together with their two dogs and horse, are the only inhabitants of a magical island, where Pa-through the use of "Storm Flowers" and stories-can cause tempests to arise, unusual creatures to appear, and memories to fade. They live a carefree existence until Pa's suddenly brusque treatment of Cal causes Moss to question both his father's powers and his true nature. When two young men are shipwrecked on the island, Moss and Cal learn that there is another world beyond what they've known, and, wanting to be a part of it, they decide to leave their mystical home. Only when they have sailed away do they realize the hold the island will always have on them. With chapters divided into five acts, Christopher's dark reworking of The Tempest includes the basic elements of Shakespeare's play: magical characters, sorcery, romance, and a theme of good vs. evil, inviting comparisons with the Bard's original. While the writing is fluid and enhanced by the rhythm of repetitive words, (e.g., quick-fast, look-see), the middle of the story is impeded by myriad details which seem to slow the pace and add a degree of self-consciousness to the text. VERDICT Like Christopher's Stolen, this is a complicated novel geared towards sophisticated YA readers.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* On an isolated island ravaged by fierce storms, Moss grows up. At first, it's just Moss and her pa; the Old World, he tells her, was destroyed by terrible floods and people who didn't care for the earth. On the island, Pa picks wild, healing stormflowers and tells Moss stories of magical sea creatures. Here, though, magic is more than a story: one day, a horse appears from the ocean, and then a boy Moss' age, named Callan, whom Pa says is part fish. At first, this is as big as Moss needs her world to be. But as the years pass and her feelings for Callan grow more complicated, her awareness of Pa, his changeable moods, and the stories he tells her begin to change, and she starts to wonder about the world beyond. When another storm causes a boy from that world to shipwreck on the island, Moss may be about to find answers. Christopher, whose debut (Stolen, 2010) was a Printz Honor Book, uses elements from Shakespeare's The Tempest to tell the story of another girl adrift. Through economy of language, she finds Moss' voice; through clear, luminous prose, she anchors the story to the island, which seems half alive itself. A tale of strange magic and faith lost and found that packs no less a wallop for its slim size.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2018 Booklist

Table of Contents

Act 1 Spring
The Scene: An Unnamed Port. Ten years Previousp. 1
Act 2 Summer
The Scene: An Island. Nine Years Previousp. 5
Two Years Pass
The Scene: An Island Seven Years Previousp. 15
Seven Years Pass
Act 3 Autumn
The Scene: An Island. Several Weeks Previousp. 55
Intervalp. 127
Act 4 Winter
The Scene: An Island. Several Days Previousp. 129
Act 5 Spring
The Scene: At Sea. Currentp. 293
Epilogue: Spring
The Scene: At Seap. 303