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Shadows on the Sea

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  632 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
The U.S. is at war with Germany. Fourteen-year-old Jill Winter's mother is traveling to Newfoundland and must pass through the treacherous North Atlantic, where German submarines -- U-boats -- stalk like wolves. Jill's father, a famous pop singer, is on tour, so Jill is sent to Winter Haven, Maine, to stay with Nana.
Quarry, a local boy, says that "gossip ain't nev
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2003)
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K. M. Updike
Aug 13, 2014 K. M. Updike rated it did not like it
This story was quite a disappointment. The title and the cover were certainly diverting and looked very interesting, but it turned out to be not so grand as I hoped.

If it weren't for the wonderful historical facts scattered about its pages, I might have put it down. It is a little difficult to understand why Mrs. Harlow won so many awards, aside from her historical knowledge. Historical knowledge is just not enough to write a compelling novel.

Parts of the story were very beautiful and descripti
Apr 27, 2008 Sydney rated it really liked it
i would perfer this book because it is during the war and itis scary because you do not know what will happen next!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 09, 2012 Bookaddict rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for a novel in sixth grade and I fell in love with it. The fear that Jill has for her mother traveling overseas during World War II is real, yet you can tell she's trying not to worry and enjoy herself in the town of Winter Haven, Maine. When she meets some people, she is afraid of them, such as Adrie Dekker and Clayton Bishop, and she makes friends with others, such as Wendy Taylor and Quarry MacDonald. But her father, being a famous singer, is traveling as well, and wit ...more
Jan 24, 2010 Joni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2, mystery
kids in Maine and German subs offshore carrying spies.smalltown life during war.
The U.S. is at war with Germany. Fourteen-year-old Jill Winter's mother is traveling to Newfoundland and must pass through the treacherous North Atlantic, where German submarines -- U-boats -- stalk like wolves. Jill's father, a famous pop singer, is on tour, so Jill is sent to Winter Haven, Maine, to stay with Nana.

Quarry, a local boy, says that "gossip ain't never been so good," and Jill soon discovers he's right
Jul 06, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing book! It was a bit different at first because there is no ' I ' in the story but by the end it was fine. The way that the author tells the story really connected me to the book and made it hard for me to put it down.
Dayna Smith
Jill Winters, 14, has been sent to stay with her grandmother in Maine while her father, a famous singer, is on a U.S. tour and her mother is visiting her dying brother in Newfoundland. It is the summer of 1942, and German U-boats patrol the shores of the North Atlantic. There are the strange goings-on in Winter Haven. When Jill intercepts a carrier pigeon with a message in German, she begins to suspect that someone in the town is guilty of treason. After the town's July 4th clambake, her life is ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Kenzie rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2011 Rebekah rated it it was ok
I first read this book when i was 10 years old. I loved it then, I loved the suspense, I loved the mystery, I loved the idea of it, I just loved it! I couldn't put it down.
But a month ago, I tried re-reading it and once again, I couldn't put it down I couldn't get past the first 5 pages.
I'm so ashamed.
Jun 03, 2015 Eliana rated it did not like it
I read this for school and did not like it

I feel like the writing is awful and repetitive. Jill seems more like an eight year old than a fourteen year old. It was so hard to get through
Riley Cruse
Nov 14, 2009 Riley Cruse rated it it was amazing
this book was so good! it was kinda boring at first but, it was such a good book! you should really read it!
Emma Parker
I picked this book up off the shelf in the library because I thought it would be a good historical fiction for my siblings by an author that they liked. The book though, wasn't any better than the other I read by this author-Midnight Rider- and the historical content was less than an American Girl book. The book seemed to be focusing more on the girl's social life than on what actually was happening with the war, and the friendships in that social life, as well as the "mystery" that the book is ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
The year is 1942, and fourteen-year-old Jill Winters has been sent to Winter Haven to live with her grandmother for the summer. Her mother is headed to Newfoundland to take care of a sick relative, while her father, a famous pop star, is on tour in the US. Jill can't help but worry about them, but she also has troubles of her own. Something fishy is going on in the town of Winter Haven, but everyone has their secrets, and Jill isn't sure who to trust, just that it is her patriotic duty to get to ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Sidney rated it it was ok
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A fourteen-year-old girl, named Jill Winters travels to see her aunt in Winter Haven, Maine. Her mother has to go to Newfoundland because her brother is sick and her father is on tour with his band. During this time in 1942, the US is at war with Germany also known as World War 2. When Jill leaves on a train, she meets a girl by the name of Scarlet Jones, who is going to the same place. Once she arrives, she meets Quarry, a local boy who informs Jill that there is lots of gossip spr
Dec 21, 2009 Douglaseng04 rated it liked it
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I think that the book “Shadows on the sea” is about a young girl called Jill Winters; she goes to her grandmother’s house for the summer, when Jill’s Mom and Dad are out for the summer on business. Jill has been hanging around with her new friend Quarry when they started to knottiest that they where being watched by men that where coming in and out by U-boats. But the strange people where being supper secret as if they whe
Oct 15, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Alrighty, obviously this book is not some super high reading level but who cares. It was great, even if it does look like something from a sixth grade reading list.

I always like historical fiction and this one was extra great because there was a sort of mystery to it as well!

That's all I can say for now, I'm a little busy at the moment but I didn't want to forget to review this one.
Asher Dossetter
Oct 04, 2012 Asher Dossetter rated it it was amazing
I think that the historical fiction book called Shadows on the Sea is a great book for readers of chapter books because it takes place during WW2. It tells the story about someone who was going to die because her parents were going somewhere so she had to stay with her grandmother the entire year. When I hear about how she stayed with her grandmother at her house, It think that it is a very good deed that she does that for her granddaughter. I also think that this story was mysterious as it move ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 6-8

1942 Maine. 14 year old Jill is sent to stay with her grandmother while her father, a famous radio star is traveling and her mother is in Newfoundland. Lots of detail about daily life/culture. Sequel is also good
Raelee Choins
Jul 07, 2016 Raelee Choins rated it really liked it
I read this multiple times when I was in elementary/middle school, and it is still as compelling a story to me now as it was then. It is the perfect mix of young love, action, thrill, and forgiveness.
Caleb Whitfield
Sep 09, 2015 Caleb Whitfield rated it really liked it
Great book!!!! The art work is cheap on this one looks much better in the newer version the story is not what I would call a youth novel so the artwork is misleading but good story to read
Dec 22, 2014 Laurie added it
I read this because my 11 year old daughter read it and loved it. It didn't capture my attention the way it did hers,but I can definitely see why she liked it. Great for her age group.
Kaia Hall
Dec 02, 2015 Kaia Hall rated it it was amazing
The book was so great. I am in 5th grade and read it this summer. The book has many twists that make you really think. This is one of my favorite books.
Apr 15, 2013 Teresita rated it it was ok
Harlow's book is interesting, but not what I would call riveting. Jill Winters is a young girl who is sent to Maine to live with her Grandmother. Through out the story Jill and her friends consistently jump to conclusions without gathering facts. All the information the characters receive is from gossip, as source we are taught not to listen to. The story is Jill worrying about her mother who left for Switzerland, her father a famous singer, and the possibility of spies in a sleepy coastal town. ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Good book with an interesting American teen's perspective of WW2 life on the coast of Maine. A light introduction to WW2.
sydnee-rea schmidt
Feb 20, 2014 sydnee-rea schmidt rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book I love the adventure and the mystery of it I have read this book at least 3 times in the past year
Jun 16, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book, and I would recommend it to anyone who asks me to recommend them a book.
Judy Dreeszen
I read this as part of the Holocaust unit I was using with my 5th grade students.
Jul 26, 2014 Andria rated it liked it
I liked the historical part of the book but it just wasn't suspenseful enough.
Nov 23, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the books that has to do with my fascination of fiction reading that involved WWII. I'm not sure why I like such books, but I do. The neat thing about this book is some of the facts are real. Not most, but one in particular. I believe it was that a certain ship blew during the time the author was the main character's age. I'm not certain, but it mentioned somewhere in the book. While the story itself isn't true, things like this probably did happen. If you like history and fi ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Katherine rated it really liked it
This book is very misterious and cool. This is for the kids that like mistery but don't want to have all the blood and goor. It is set in 1942 during the war and it is about a girl who is sent away to live with her grandma when her mother goes to take care of her hurt uncle. There in the boring town a secret threat is bruing and jill (the girl in the book) has to alert someone before it is too late. This can be kind of a chic flic so you might not want to read it if your a dude.
Jun 12, 2012 Lillian rated it really liked it
This book was a SURPRISE. I just picked it up because I was BORED and well, I wasn't bored as I continued reading on! Shadows on the Sea started a LITTLE slow but picked up after a bit. I actually thought it was going to be a disappointing novel but it STEPPED UP ITS GAME and amazed me! #hype I liked the characters and was just generally surprised it kept me on my toes. I don't know if I'd read it again but I sure enjoyed reading it this time around.
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