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Water Steps by A. LaFaye

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 4/1/09
Also Reviewed for TeensReadToo.com
About the Book: Kyna hates water. Ever since a boating accident left her orphaned, her fear of water has taken over. She is afraid of walking on the beach. There’s no way she could swim. Even the idea of taking a bath is enough to send Kyna into a panic attack.

So when Kyna’s adopted parents announce they’ve rented a lake house for the summer in hopes that Kyna will take more water steps, tasks to get her closer to the water, she is less than pleased. How can she stay in a house surrounded by a body of water? She’d much rather spend time taking photos on dry land.

Kyna’s summer starts to look a little brighter when she befriends Tylo. Tylo claims to have seen silkies in the lake and wants Kyna to help him find the truth with her camera. Kyna isn’t thrilled about getting close to the water, but she doesn’t want to lose her new friend. Can she finally push herself to the biggest water step of all?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: As someone who really hates swimming and the thought of going underwater, I could relate to Kyna. When I first picked up this book, I was thinking ok, another book about a girl over something she fears-which wasn't a terrible thing, but not something I thought would really thrill me. But Water Steps is more than a story about a girl trying to overcome her fear. There are fairy tales woven into Kyna’s story. A. Lafaye writes a beautiful tale of risks and growth and adds Irish folklore into the mix.
I loved the added element of the silkies and the tales that Mem and Pep would tell Kyna. This is a great read for readers who like their stories with a hint of magic.

Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful! I like the cover, too.

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  2. this sounds really good and i like the name Kyna a lot.

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  3. I love books with a hint of magic, and I too had a deathly fear of swimming and water when I was younger. Sounds like a great book!

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  4. Biblauragraphy-It is a pretty summery cover!

    Erika Lynn-I like that name too-I love finding unusual names.

    Alyce-I think a lot of people can relate to the fear of water Kyna has! It's a good read for all ages.

    -Sarah

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  5. This sounds like a great book. I especially love stories that involve the ocean... and magic.

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