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By: Matt de la Pena

Shy feels so fortunate when he lands a summer job on a cruise ship, and meets Carmen, the girl he hopes will be the love of his life. The job soon becomes a nightmare when Shy witnesses a suicide. Investigators come aboard to question him and the ship is hit with a terrible storm. After the storm, a giant tsunami capsizes the ship, and survivors board life boats. Shy finds himself stranded on a life boat with a dying man and a snobby girl, hoping to live until they are rescued. He sees a boat and thinks they are saved, but when he boards the boat, he discovers two dead men. All Shy wants is to find Carmen alive and to be rescued, but that may be more than he will ever have.

Prepared by Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD