Deep Water

Watt Key (Author)


From Watt Key, the author of the acclaimed Alabama Moon, comes a thrilling middle grade survival story about a scuba dive gone wrong and two enemies who must unite to survive.

It's the most important rule of scuba diving: If you don't feel right, don't go down.

So after her father falls ill, twelve-year-old Julie Sims must take over and lead two of his clients on a dive miles off the coast of Alabama while her father stays behind in the boat. When the clients, a reckless boy Julie's age and his equally foolhardy father, disregard Julie's instructions during the dive, she quickly realizes she's in over her head.

And once she surfaces, things only get worse: One of the clients is in serious condition, and their dive boat has vanished--along with Julie's father, the only person who knows their whereabouts. It's only a matter of time before they die of hypothermia, unless they become shark bait first. Though Julie may not like her clients, it's up to her to save them all.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publish Date
April 17, 2018
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Watt Key, an expert SCUBA diver, lives in southern Alabama with his family. His debut novel, Alabama Moon, was named to Time Magazine's list of the Best Hundred YA Books of All Time. Deep Water is his sixth book for young readers.


"Key offers plenty of nail-biting suspense in this survival tale about a deep-sea dive off the Alabama coast that goes horribly wrong . . . The story meticulously details the steps that quick-thinking Julie takes to stay alive. Julie's troubled family history and her changing relationship with Shane are also examined, intensifying the book's emotional impact." --Publishers Weekly

"A nail-biting survival tale." --Kirkus Reviews

"Readers hungry for an epic tale of grueling odds will also find lessons in bravery, resourcefulness, and practical survival advice." --Booklist

"A gripping tale of survival in the open water of the Gulf Coast. . . [A] fast-paced and . . . action-packed survival story; recommended for fans of Gary Paulson." --School Library Journal

"[A] gripping tale of endurance for young readers." --Wall Street Journal

"It's man versus nature as well as man versus man in this tale that will have strong appeal to . . . adventure lovers." --Kirkus Review

Terror at Bottle Creek
"Hatchet for the post-Katrina generation." --Booklist

"This story will keep readers on the edge of their seats." --School Library Journal, starred review

Dirt Road Home
"An especially appealing choice for reluctant boy readers." --The Horn Book

Alabama Moon
"For boys who dream of unfettered life in the great outdoors . . . Moon's a bona fide hero." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books