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Marion’s mom inherits a home after her divorce and decides to move there. As Marion explores around the private beach and the sea, she finds strange carvings and a cranky old sailor, Virgil. Rumors and legends about the carvings are everywhere and the reclusive Virgil is hesitant to reveal a single word but Marion is determined to find out more.

This is a lovely little story. Marion is a fearless little girl and her character is written realistically for a kid her age; smart but innocent and not creepily wise beyond her years. And in keeping with the water theme, most of the book has a blue tone. This book is short and gets to the point, well drawn and fun; perfect for a young audience. 3.7. out of 5.

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