Mary Murphy feels like she’s drowning. Her violent father is home from prison, and the social worker is suspicious of her new bruises. Her mother, on the other hand, is resigned and apathetic. An aunt she’s never met keeps calling and visiting, and Mary doesn't know if she should be glad for the attention. And if she can’t get a good grade on her science project, she’ll fail her favorite class.
But Mary doesn’t want to be a victim anymore. She has a plan: build a real submarine, like the model she’s been making with Kip Dwyer, the secretly sweet class clown. Gaining courage from her heroine, Joan of Arc, Mary vows to pilot a sub across the Chesapeake Bay, risking her life in a modern crusade to save herself. Along the way, she might just realize that she's more special than she thinks. This masterful debut is an empowering tale of persistence, heroism, and hope from a luminous new voice in middle-grade fiction.
"Doleski draws an empathetic portrayal of an abuse victim; Mary is closed off and fearful, but her fervent determination to free herself from a toxic home situation has not yet been extinguished, placing her in stark contrast to her downtrodden and resigned mother. Her distrust of her social worker rings painfully true, but a strong support system of friends, teachers, and relatives and the memory of Joan of Arc keep her afloat.... A ruggedly heartwarming tale of resilience and romance." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Apr 7, 2020|