Into the Wind

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Lexile: 
820
Total Words: 
34,818
ISBN: 
978-1-947159-42-6
SKU: Wind

It’s shaping up to be a rotten summer for Rusty, a young sailing fan who lives on an island off the New England coast. He’s just flunked fifth-grade math and has to go to summer school. His older sister is bossier than ever. Worst of all, his mom is far away on the mainland —undergoing treatment for her sudden, confusing, and exhausting “sadness”—while his dad struggles to keep the household together. Rusty’s only refuge is in caring for and teaching himself to sail a small, beloved sailboat. 

While working on his boat at the village dock one evening, Rusty meets Hazel, a feisty local artist from an old sailing family. Hazel asks—no, demands—that Rusty take her sailing. He refuses. She argues. And an unlikely friendship begins.

Midddle Grade Fiction    192 pages    Ages 9-13    Grades 3 to 6   RL: 4

Strong Social Emotional Learning    /  FREE Discussion Guide Available

“That Rusty allows himself to be changed by Hazel’s friendship and guidance speaks well of him in a subtle way, and it’s touching to see their mutual caring and compassion. . . . A moving, well-written tale about an unusual friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews

"A tender middle grade novel about an unconventional, multigenerational friendship formed across one significant summer."  -- Foreword Reviews (March/April 21 issue)

"I fell in love with this story. I began to picture myself part of Rusty and Hazel's connection.  Highly recommended."   -- Vernita Taylor, Readers' Favorite

 

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Price: $12.74
Dimensions: 7.75 in × 5.25 in × 1 in