Project Description


Uncharted Waters

by Leslie Bulion

A confused adolescent boy learns that the best way to tackle life’s problems is head-on.

Most  teenage boys would love to spend a summer with a bachelor uncle in a seaside cabin. But not Jonah Lander. He has secrets―lots of them―and they weigh heavily on his mind. One deception leads to another, and he lies to his Uncle Nate about joining the local swim team, not wanting to explain his fear of the dark salt water. When Sumi, a budding marine biologist, asks him to be her research assistant, he jumps at the chance to make some money. But he gets into a lot more than he bargained for. Soon he will have to face his greatest fears and give up his secrets forever.

Bulion’s satisfying novel is further enhanced by a rich ensemble of supporting characters, interesting facts about marine life, and a text that perfectly captures the special rhythms of small town seaside living.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-365-8
Publication Date: 4/30/2006
Page Count: 192
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-485-3
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Page Count: 192
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-660-4
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL T, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Boating, Marine Life, Honesty
BISAC 2: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 3: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings


“Realistic details about marine biology research and boat motor mechanics are engaging, and reluctant readers, especially boys, will identify with Jonah.” ―School Library Journal


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2007

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School, Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

Missouri Reading Circle (Intermediate) ―Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Charlotte Award (Nominee, Intermediate) ―NYSRA, 2008

Mark Twain Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2008-2009

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Meet the Author

Leslie Bulion is the author of several children’s books, including Uncharted WatersThe Trouble With Rules, and Fatuma’s New Cloth, winner of the African Studies Association’s 2002 Children’s Africana Books. She lives in Connecticut. You can visit  her website here.