Project Description


The Coastwatcher

by Elise Weston

Day after day, Hugh looks for signs of German spies. It seems like a harmless way to spend time…at least at first.

It is summer 1943 and America is at war. Eleven-year-old Hugh and his family are spending the summer on the South Carolina coast. Day after day Hugh scans the Atlantic Ocean through his binoculars, looking for signs of enemy activity. It seems like a harmless way to spend time…at least at first.

But one day Hugh sees something in the water that looks like a periscope. Later he plucks a black bag out of the surf. Inside is a crudely drawn map. Then one night he spots a light flashing from the cupola at the top of an abandoned beach house. Now Hugh is convinced that enemy soldiers have invaded the coastline!

Set against the backdrop of the home front during World War II, Elise Weston’s dramatic adventure will draw readers in with its exciting blend of mystery and history. Young people will also respond to the sympathetic protagonist who learns that war is not a distant and exciting game, but a grim reality actually involving real people and real danger.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-350-4
Total Pages: 160
Size: 6 x 9
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-484-6
Total Pages: 160
Size: 6 x 9
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-992-6
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 102993
AR Reading Level: 4
AR Points: 4

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: U
F&P Grade: 5

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 3.4
Reading Counts Points: 7
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


“Deftly written, this story manages to braid real history with a fictional mystery, creating a tension that builds from beginning to end. Educational and suspenseful.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An enjoyable historical novel.” ―School Library Journal

“…a tautly woven story that blends an intriguing mystery with historical significance.” ―Booklist


Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts K-6 novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2006

Agatha Award (nominee) ―Malice Domestic 2005

Maud Hart Lovelace Award (nominee, grades 3-5) ―Minnesota Youth Reading Awards 2010-2011

Volunteer State Book Awards (master list, 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians 2007-2008

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Kentucky Bluegrass Awards (Master List, grades 3-5) ―Kentucky Reading Association, Kentucky School Media Association 2008

Great Stone Face Book Award (nominee) ―Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire 2006-2007

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Meet the Author

Elise Weston is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has published articles and book reviews in numerous publications and is the former book page editor of Augusta Magazine. She lives in Georgia.