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it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Inspired by Joan of Arc, a girl builds and pilots a submersible in this masterful middle-grade debut.

Fourteen-year-old Mary Murphy feels like she's drowning. Her violent father is home from prison, and the social worker is suspicious of her bruises. An aunt she's never met keeps calling. And if she can't get a good grade on her science project, she'll fail her favorite cla
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: 2020 by Amulet
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Jeff Bishop
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
600 years ago, Joan of Arc got a raw deal. The legendary Roman Catholic saint was burned at the stake, a dire demise for a lady later canonized by the church. Absolutely nothing could remedy this grave injustice.

But Mary Underwater comes damn close.

This tale of a girl and her submarine goes deeper than any submersible ever could. This is the second book of Doleski's I've read, and she once again demonstrates a sense of economy when it comes to world building. She drops you in the Chesapeake Ba
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Raquel Vasquez  Vasquez
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MARY UNDERWATER is a book that will steal you away into its gorgeous, sea-foamed setting as well as the brutal and beautiful life of Mary, our sweet and brave protagonist.

What I love most about Mary is her bravery and strength exist alongside qualities that are quiet, shy, even bashful at times. In a world where strength is measured by volume and aggression, I found it unbelievably refreshing to be reminded that sensitivity, too, is a superpower.

Mary’s touchstone throughout the book is the sto
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Tanya
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh! I'm experiencing a serious book hangover. I was extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to read this before it hits the shelves in 2020. Doleski does an exceptional job straddling that gray area between upper-MG and lower-YA. The story was a perfect equation of swoony romance + whip-smart humor + baddass STEM-ness + unexpected adventure + Catholic school girl guilt + complicated family dynamics. I highly recommend this un-put-down-able book to both MG and lower-YA readers as wel ...more
Liz Lawson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the IMMENSE pleasure of reading Shannon's debut MG novel early, and man you guys are in for a treat in 2020. This book hits that sweet spot that people have been talking about recently - it's upper MG (could potentially be thought of as lower YA, too). The voice of Mary Murphy is spot on perfect, and she's such a lovely head to be in over the course of the book. She's smart, determined, and learns her own strength over the course of the novel. And, it has STEM themes (she's trying to build ...more
Prerna Pickett
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this heartwarming debut by Shannon and it did not disappoint. Mary Underwater is a story about a girl who decides to do the unexpected, build a submarine. With the help of her crush, Kip (a boy that will have you grinning with his hilarious quips), and a submarine scientist, Mary sets off on her adventure.

Mary perfectly captures the emotions of a young teen girl navigating unfamiliar waters, from the glimmer of first love all the way to evolving friendships. Despite t
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Jenny Moke
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read this book pre-publication and I am so excited for readers to discover this amazing story! The prose is absolutely beautiful, lean and atmospheric and crusted in salt from the Bay. I loved Mary Murphy - I loved her determination, her fears, her passions, her unique viewpoint, and every time she didn't get a joke and got mad about it. I loved Kip, too, as the perfect foil to Mary's serious determination, the light-hearted, supportive love interest that saw in Mary what she c ...more
Shannon Doleski
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's my book!!!
Jen Malone
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite kind of middle grade- a perfect mix of lightness and depth (pun entirely intended). I'm so excited I got to read an early copy :)
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Shannon Doleski was born and raised in Cazenovia, New York. After graduating from Niagara University with a degree in English Education, Shannon was a high school and middle school teacher and swim coach in New York and Maryland. She lives in West Texas with her husband, three children, and beagle.