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Shadows on the Sea

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1942.
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...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2003)
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Sydney
i would perfer this book because it is during the war and itis scary because you do not know what will happen next!!!!!!!!!!
Kayla
This story was quite a disappoint. 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 descriptive,...more
Bookaddict
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
Joni
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...more
Nick
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
Kenzie
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Riley Cruse
this book was so good! it was kinda boring at first but, it was such a good book! you should really read it!
Samantha
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
Sidney
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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...more
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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...more
Asher Dossetter
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
Teresita
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
sydnee-rea schmidt
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
Natalie
This was an amazing book, and I would recommend it to anyone who asks me to recommend them a book.
Andria
I liked the historical part of the book but it just wasn't suspenseful enough.
Brittany
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
Katherine
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.
Lillian
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.
Marissa
I've always liked books that are in the 1930's to 1970's and this book takes place in 1942. The main character, Jill, is easy to like as well as her grandma :) Quarry is a total blabbermouth and probably my favorite character :D Though the war is going on in the book it still had happy moments :) Though this was my second time reading it (Its that good!) it still didn't disappoint :D Plenty of twists and mystery! A great read for all ages :D
Alex G
I actually thought this book was good. But also i ranked it a three star because I think that It was just to boring and was just to slow for me. I dont like it because it seems like they keep on going on and never do end. I do some what like it because the author uses very clear and vivid details to describe the things.
Rebekah
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.
Ashleigh Shepherd
Nov 15, 2007 Ashleigh Shepherd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was really good. It combined a teenager living her life with friends, and trying to figure out family secrets, while having parents out to sea, halfway around the world. It was like the climax came one page into the book and never ended. It was never boring or not interesting. I loved it.
Lish
My friend had me read this book for a book club, and at first I thought it looked it stupid, but as soon as I read it, it instantly became one of my favorites books!! It takes place during WW2, and is a tale of betrayal and loyalty of a couple teenagers. It's AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heather Taylor
I didn't know that in World War Two a german submarine dropped of two spies on American soil. It pulled into a small harbor in Maine and snuck out without being discovered. This book is a fictious story about that submarine. It is clean book for about 10 and up. A quick read.
Becky
A bit too obvious. About halfway through I said, "It better not be ____ and _____ because that would be WAY too obvious." But it was. I did appreciate that the story reflected the author's actual life experiences, though!
JoNaSLUVA
it really was amazing because this is one of those books when you think it's obvious whats gonna happen then there is a twist and the resolution is different and that was the good think... it was entertaining and unpredictable
Carly
This book was what made me so interested in World War II based books. It sparks a flame in my heart that will never go out and that's why it has received four stars even if I can't remember every little detail in it.
Marilyn
Feb 08, 2011 Marilyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 7th - 9th grade
Heavy-handed WWII mystery about u-boats off the coast of Maine in the early 1940s. It gives a decent feel of the time period, especially the small town paranoia and mistrust of anyone different. A quick read.
Allysia
This was my favorite book when I was 10 years old and one of the first books ever that I can remeber reading. I'm not sure why now days but I remeber the mystery and intrigue that drew me to it.
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