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Riptide

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Riptide

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. When she drops into a perfect wave, Grace can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can't reciprocate, no matter how tempting. She can forget the trouble she faces at home, where her parents pressure her to be impossibly perfect. She can forget how badly she wants a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. Signing up for her first surf competition, Grace has just one summer to train and impress the university scouts who will be judging the comp. But summer is about more than just big waves. As romances ignite and her feelings for Ford threaten to reach the point of no return, Grace must face the biggest challenges of her life. This summer, everything changes.

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"A compelling and atmospheric story of love and friendship—two young people try to catch the perfect wave? and figure out where they belong." –Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

"This debut about a surfer girl delves into hidden child abuse and scores with strong characterizations." –Kirkus Reviews

"Scheibe's story is rich with details, real-life problems, and characters you want to hang out with. You will feel its pull." –Jennifer Ziegler, author of How Not to be Popular

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. When she drops into a perfect wave, Grace can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can't reciprocate, no matter how tempting. She can forget the trouble she faces at home, where her parents pressure her to be impossibly perfect. She can forget how badly she wants a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. Signing up for her first surf competition, Grace has just one summer to train and impress the university scouts who will be judging the comp. But summer is about more than just big waves. As romances ignite and her feelings for Ford threaten to reach the point of no return, Grace must face the biggest challenges of her life. This summer, everything changes.

Praise:

"A compelling and atmospheric story of love and friendship—two young people try to catch the perfect wave? and figure out where they belong." –Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

"This debut about a surfer girl delves into hidden child abuse and scores with strong characterizations." –Kirkus Reviews

"Scheibe's story is rich with details, real-life problems, and characters you want to hang out with. You will feel its pull." –Jennifer Ziegler, author of How Not to be Popular

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 8, 2013
    The few months before senior year will determine everything for 17-year-old Grace Parker. She has her sights set on staying in San Diego for college, hopefully earning a surfing scholarship, but Grace’s parents are pushing her toward Ivy League schools. Surfing is Grace’s primary escape from an abusive father and a mother who prefers to ignore her husband’s temper. Grace’s protective best friend and fellow surfer, Ford Watson, has big goals, too: dating Grace and snagging an internship at a law firm. Their relationship is further complicated when Ford starts interning for Grace’s father, who makes Ford promise to keep Grace away from the distraction of dating. Scheibe’s debut alternates between the teenagers’ dual narratives, and the story revolves around their efforts to both define their relationship and chart their futures, with the subplots involving immigration law and domestic violence adding tension. Surfing is described viscerally, including the challenges of being a female surfer (Scheibe is a longtime surfer herself), and the sport serves as a fine metaphor for building strength and identifying risks worth taking. Ages 12–up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency.

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