A Tear in the Ocean

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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

H.M. Bouwman is the author of The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap (Marshall Cavendish, 2008) and A Crack in the Sea (Putnam, 2017). An associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, she lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her two sons.


Praise for A Tear in the Ocean

"In the companion to A Crack in the Sea (2017), Bouwman offers stories of loss, hope, perseverance.... masterfully infus[ing] old fairy tales and legends into her alternate-universe adventure, meticulously weaving times and storylines into a riveting plot....that will have readers reflecting on their own experiences of grief, longing, regret, survival, and overcoming." --Kirkus Reviews

"Bouwman elegantly twists and twirls the two narrations, finally bringing them together in...an engaging and original coming-of-age story with an unpredictable and adventurous plot, sure to captivate middle-grade and middle-school fantasy buffs." --Horn Book Magazine

"Bouwman's new novel is an imaginative companion to her widely praised "A Crack in the Sea"...[with] Yuko Shimizu's lively illustrations...[is] fast-paced, interesting, and thoughtful." --Pioneer Press

"A Tear in the Ocean is a classic fairy tale, a quest story, grappling with darkness and a journey of discovery. But Bouwman turns it into something quieter and deeper...Yuko Shimizu's illustrations of the novel's multiracial characters add to the story's emotional resonance." --Star Tribune

Praise for A Crack in the Sea

Winter 2016-2017 Kids' Indie Next Pick
A Midwest Connections Pick for January 2017
A Maine Student Book Award 2018-2019 Reading List Pick for Grades 4-6 and 4-8
A Sunshine State Young Readers Award Book 2018-2019 List Pick for Grades 6-8

★ "Through the captivating interwoven tales of these three sibling pairs--and with assistance from Shimizu's powerful ink illustrations--Bouwman crafts a moving narrative about family, magic, morality, the power of storytelling, and the cyclical nature of history." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This novel touches on sensitive and tragic moments in history and gives them fantastical remediation for a provocative, immersive read." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Grace Lin will love this wholly original book that reads like a fairy tale. A moving and thought-provoking choice for library collections." --School Library Journal

"A Crack in the Sea is a moving work of conscience and a numinously magical journey. Trust this book."--William Alexander, National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets
"Bouwman weaves together these stories of freedom and escape with a deep sense of respect and emotion, bringing the reader directly into each family's search for a safety that transcends both time and space." --Booklist

"Bouwman ably weaves these threads together into a curious, haunting wholethat references oppression, family, magic, and a human desperation for safety that transcends time and place. . . . Detailed black and white illustrations invite contemplation and work well to highlight key moments in the novel, adding artistic flair to the already lyrical story." --BCCB

"Fantasy fans will be drawn into this story and find it hard to put down." --School Library Connection

"[C]onstantly engaging and enlightening." --BookPage

"[T]his book will captivate readers who like their fantasy spiced with real-life drama." --Common Sense Media

"This complex, compelling, and thoughtful novel begins in 1978 on Tathenn, a fantastical island world. . . . Bouwman has done her research well . . . keeping her young characters' journeys--physical and emotional--front and center. Their tenderness, fierceness, bravery, thoughtfulness, and goodness highlight themes of family, leadership, and telling of history. . . . Shimizu's vivid interspersed black-and-white illustrations . . . add to the drama of the storytelling in this original and engrossing book." --The Horn Book