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Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea
by Jonathan David Kranz


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"Don't fall," Ethan scrawls in red permanent marker across the rides and signs of Sea Town. Since his brother Jason's death, Ethan can't let go of his big brother.
"Don't fall," Rachel reads as she prepares to dump back into the ocean the shells her brother Curtis collected.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Don't fall," Ethan scrawls in red permanent marker across the rides and signs of Sea Town. Since his brother Jason's death, Ethan can't let go of his big brother.
"Don't fall," Rachel reads as she prepares to dump back into the ocean the shells her brother Curtis collected. Curtis had Down syndrome, but that isn't why he plummeted to his death from the Rock-It Roll-It Coaster.
Together, Ethan and Rachel are about to discover just how far a man will go to protect his kingdom.
With lyrical storytelling, Jonathan David Kranz spins an irresistible tale of mystery and grief, guilt and culpability.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781627790505
  • ISBN-10: 1627790500
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-18
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > > Social Themes - Death & Dying
Books > > Family - Siblings

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Twin tragedies link two teens working at a boardwalk amusement park: Rachel and Ethan both recently lost their brothers to deadly accidents. Rachel is eager to know the truth behind her brother’s fall from a roller coaster, and in unraveling the mystery she uncovers an insidious undercurrent of corruption in Sea Town that points to answers in the death of Ethan’s brother, Jason. Alternating between entries in Jason’s journal and chapters that focus on the surviving siblings, debut novelist Kranz presents a disjointed plot, populated by characters that are, at best, opaque and, at worst, props (readers learn that Rachel’s brother, Curtis, had Down syndrome, but he has little else in the way of an individual narrative). Kranz’s wordplay, like the title itself, has a poetic quality, with details evoking the gritty life of resort-town residents, but the story tries too hard to retain an aura of mystery—Jason’s journal entries show up long before Ethan discovers the book itself, and it isn’t clear Jason is writing them until well into the book. Ages 14–up. Agent: Marcy Posner, Folio Literary Management. (June)

 
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