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(Juniper Sawfeather #1)

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Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her pare ...more
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Published February 24th 2014 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books (first published February 23rd 2014)
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Marla
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I've read by D.G. Driver and I REALLY enjoyed it. Driver has a great voice for young adult and really pulls the reader into the story. She makes the reader care for the characters. Juniper Sawfeather is a senior in high school and her parents are environmentalists so of course she gets sucked into their causes even if she might not want to be involved. After making her parents mad when she says she doesn't want to go to their college of choice, she goes with her Dad to an ...more
Rachel
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an amazing story! Juniper (June) is a young woman of substance and holds firm to who she is despite heavy pressure from her parents and peers at school. She's the kind of role model for girls that I love to see in YA books.

As expected, this book has a strong message about environmentalism but I'm impressed that the author was able to convey it without sounding preachy in the slightest. You're not going to get a sermon but you will see enough of the damage caused by oil spills to be horrifie
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Anita
My Review:
I feel so bad because I was approached to review this book early last month. When D. G. Driver approached me I was just getting ready to leave on my cruise vacation, couple that with the fact that I've never read a 'mermaid' themed book, it seemed like it was the perfect read for the trip. Then I get there, and reading inside seemed kind of silly since I was on vacation to be outside in the beautiful sun and heat, and reading on my iPad outside is nearly impossible - if nothing else, i
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Allies Opinions
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The depth of the main character is amazing. You can really feel her struggle with not wanting to be thought of as crazy like her parents. Toward the end she come's to realize that what her parents fight for is more important than all else. Juniper is a very likable character. I really enjoyed getting to see the world through her eyes. Also, her parents are pretty stinking awesome too.
Honestly, who doesn't want mermaids to be real? This book brings up a lot of great p
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Caroline
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Cry of the Sea' had me at mermaids.
I was hooked when I learned that these weren't Disney mermaids, but what the author believes mermaids may be like if they evolved naturally in the ocean.

All June wants to do is graduate high school and go to college in California, where people won't know her as the daughter of the environmental activists. As it is, she's pretty much an outcast in school. She spends her free time saving the whales instead of hanging out at the mall.

Then, an oil spill occurs. Wh
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Katy
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-keepers
This fantasy was so well-written and grounded in the real world, the fantasy element was absolutely believable! The author uses all five senses to bring the reader into the world of these fabulous characters. June is so REAL I kept wondering if the author had based her on a living person! She's a realistic teen--mature in many ways but still self-conscious and endearingly awkward. This reader connected strongly with her and will be reading the next in the series! The most intriguing part of this ...more
L.T. Kirk
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Cry of the sea is a truly amazing book by an incredible author. Don't let the subject matter of Mermaids fool you; this is not your typical fantasy. The mermaids are not like any creatures you have ever pictured. This story is riveting and relevant, with a complex plot that twists and turns taking the reader on a breathtaking journey. It was written with the Young Adult audience in mind but it has something rewarding for every reader. I was unable to put it down and had devoured every page in no ...more
Victoria
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Cry of the Sea" is a beautifully written, emotional and inspiring story. It is a wonderfully told novel with messages about finding ourselves, being true to who we are and it also helps raise awareness about environmental issues. The characters started out interesting and full of good intent.
I enjoyed this book throughly from start to finish. And I am very excited to have discovered this new (to me) author. Looking forward to her other books!
R.A. White
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
This is a story about a teenager, but unlike many teen leads, Juniper Sawfeather didn't drive me crazy. In some ways she does fill the typical teen role--she has a best friend, she can't seem to fit in, her parents drive her crazy--but not in an annoying way. Unlike most of the teens I've read, she has real goals like making the world better and a specific degree in college, and doesn't fill the pages obsessing over boys. I mean, she is interested in a boy, but I appreciated the way it w
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Kirstie
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver was a very interesting book about the mystery behind mermaids. It was structured differently than any other mermaid book I have read for the young adult audience. The story itself was quite realistic when it comes to this situation happening in real life. I believe that the people around us would act in this way.

The main character, Juniper Sawfeather (or June), is a 17 year old girl living in Washington with her activist father and lawyer mother. I really liked the
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Megan
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: D.G. Driver
For you eco-friendly and mermaid loving fans, you'll want to pick up this young adult novel.

Disclaimer: The author of this book was kind enough to reach out to me on Twitter about Cry of the Sea. She offered me a digital copy in return for my honest review, so here it is.

Normally, I'm not one to pass up a young adult novel, but I will say this one probably would not have caught my eye or even been on my radar if it hadn't been for D.G. Driver. While I do have an interest in mythical creatures,
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Cindy
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa's Kids' Book Reviews
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Juniper Sawfeather, June for short, is 17, in her last year of high school, and anxious to leave home to go away to college. Really, she just wants to get away from her overbearing activist parents. While her mom is a leading environmental lawyer and father runs to save animals from oil spills, fight deforestation, and so on, June understands their plight, having always helped the best she could, but she wants to pursue a career in whatever direction she feels best. That's the way this novel be ...more
Ange
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cry of the Sea was unlike any mermaid story I've ever read. It was full of intrigue, passion, activism with a great message and it had a satisfying end.

June (Juniper Sawfeather), is a 17 year old senior whose parents are full time activists who have dragged her along with them to protests and oil and pollution clean ups her whole life. As much as her parents want her to follow in their footsteps, June is adamant that she is going to be a Marine biologist and study at a university far away from
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Aliah
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I started reading Cry Of The Sea on a rainy Thursday , and for the next two and a half days it completely kept me occupied .The book was written by D. G. River . It's about a high school student named Juniper. She's really just trying to get through her last year of high school , while dealing with her parents and their high expectations of her . Her parents are expecting her to follow the stones they set in the ground and become an environmental activist like they have been grooming her to be ,
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Shy
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like how these novel was a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi. I know it's young adult but to me it's a YA Sci-Fantasy Fiction. Aside from that it tells pretty well a life of an average high school student who's having a hard time to belong with people her age due to things that immature kids does.

At first, when the mermaid was mentioned I thought the story would dive into discovering new world and all that. It did too, but the author did it in a way that is realistic and can be explained through h
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Dax Munro
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juniper seeks to find her own path in life, but her activist parents have other plans. When her father takes her to clean up an oil spill, the pair make a discovery that will change the world.

I loved, loved, loved Juniper’s character. Her American-Indian beauty, in addition to her level of maturity and sarcastic sense of humour had me hooked. She’s definitely the kind of person I would befriend in real life. Her passion and determination make her a force to be reckoned with, presenting her as a
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Keri
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
RATING: 4 STARS

In the story we meet Juniper Sawfeather, daughter of super activist parents who want her to be everything they are even though it's the last thing she wants. I really like Juniper's character from the beginning. She shows strength and bravery and it thrilled me to see.

Juniper is a regular senior high school girl, who can't wait to leave the small confines of her school and home to become an incredible marine biologist.
When her mother calls to tell her father about an oil tanker u
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Laura Wolfe
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one who normally reads books about make-believe creatures, and the last time I read a mermaid-themed book was…well, never. However, I do enjoy reading books that raise awareness about the environment so I decided to try something new. So glad I did! I found the mermaid story surprisingly believable. D.G. Driver successfully brought to life multi-dimensional characters, particularly the MC, Juniper Sawfeather, and her environmental activist parents. I loved that Juniper's parents weren't ...more
Erin Pemberton
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Cry of the Sea a young girl named June is thrown into a world of which she knew nothing about when her father and she discovers mermaids due to an oil spill. June finds herself trying to stay one-step ahead of the oil companies and media while doing what it takes to make her environmentalist parents happy with her. We are led through a journey in which takes several twists and turns, leading June to make new friends and enemies along the way.
I found this story to be extremely interesting giv
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Katherine
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver is a YA contemporary book with a unique
environmental twist. The story focuses on Juniper Sawfeather, the daughter of an
environmental activist and an environmental lawyer. She wants to be a marine biologist
but her parents want her to follow in their footsteps. But one early morning at an oil
spill, her life is changed drastically when she discovers mermaids covered in oil.
The book was well written and the plot flowed smoothly. The story was so interesting and
thou
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Doris
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cry of the Sea is a book filled with deeper meaning. June is a senior in high school, the daughter of activists and the discoverer of mermaids!
June meets Carter while attempting to save the marine life and they have an instant connection, but this story is about so much more than that. (I love the names picked out- kind of plays on the music side of my interests for June Carter Cash.)
This story, is about making the right choices for the planet, helping others to see that we need to make changes,
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Kolleen Fraser
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Juniper Sawfeather, June for short, is a highschool senior ready to be out from under the cloud that her parents activist lifestyle has her under. While she helps with protests, research videos & pictures, and cleanups she yearns to have a slightly different life then her parents have shown her. In the beginning they don't see eye to eye. But after encountering mythical creatures, betrayals, and lies her parents start to realize there's more to June then what they're seeing. This story is a ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Review Excerpt: Overall, Cry of the Sea is wonderful book by an author with some serious talent under her belt. I loved that it addressed very real concerns, but was also written in such a way that you sympathized with the main character and her run-of-the-mill teenage troubles at the same time. It is definitely true to its YA heading, though, and people who fall outside of its intended age range may view it as a little too ‘dramatic’ , but the YA world needs more strong female characters in it, ...more
Marg Corjay
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book through a Goodreads giveaway. This was a very refreshing change from the usual YA novels that I have read (I am a least 4 times the age of the average YA reader). It has a very normal teen with no horrific issues in her life, beside the expected growing pains. While helping her environmentalist parents, they discover the existence of mermaids in the Northern Pacific. It's not at all romanticized illusions of fairytale mermaids, but a realistic version that makes it believabl ...more
Jordan
READ THIS BOOK IF:

You’re into environmental activism, marine biology, sea creatures, mermaids as non-supernatural creatures, a realistic look at the impact of oil spills on marine life

You’d like to hear Native American folklore about the ocean, orcas, mermaids, and their relationship with the sea through different tribal stories

You’re looking for a story-central plot that is NOT focused on romance

https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpre...
Nina
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Wow! I just finished reading this book, and I am so glad that I did. It was very hard to put down. I was sucked into Juniper Sawfeather's world and adventure-- from her conflict with her parents and her friends, to the larger environmental issues-- to the fate of the mermaids! This book is timely and important. I also appreciated that this was not the typical YA novel. Yes, there is a nice hint of romance, but it was not the focus of the story. I look forward to reading Driver's next novel. I am ...more
Daisy White
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this tale and read it one night. The characters are great, and the idea of mermaids taken in this context intriguing. There is an important message within the book, but this never interrupts the action. Highly rec for a winter read!
Sheila
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juniper Sawfeather rescued a mermaid! Can she keep the mermaid safe though?
Has the struggle and angst of high school as well.
Jennifer Collins
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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D. G. Driver is an optimist at heart, and that's why she likes to write books about young people who strive to make a difference in the world. From her teen environmentalist in The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy, a young girl teaching her friends autism acceptance and to stop bullying people with special needs in No One Needed to Know, a princess who desires to be more than a pampered prize for a prin ...more

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“Words didn’t come. I couldn’t formulate a thought. I was too startled. These three figures lying in the sand in front of me weren’t surfers at all.
They weren’t even people.

From their facial features and upper torsos, they looked kind of like women, but all three of them had silver-colored skin. They were bald, with strange ridges marking their skulls. None of them seemed to have ears, only holes in the sides of their heads. No nose was visible, not even a bone or nostrils filled that space between their eyes and mouths. Although their mouths seemed to be moving, they were actually breathing through what looked like gills in their necks.

And if that wasn’t weird enough, instead of legs, their upper torsos stretched out into long, scale-covered, silver fishtails. If I had to say what these things stranded in front of me, splattered with oil, appeared to be, I’d say mermaids. And no, they didn’t look like they’d start singing songs or granting me wishes. They looked a little bit scary—but fragile too. Most of all, they looked like they were going to die, and no handsome prince was there to kiss them and keep them from turning into sea foam.”
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