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Adrift - Paul Griffin

Adrift

By: Paul Griffin

eBook | 29 July 2015 | Edition Number 1

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Five of us went out on the water that night.
None of us came back whole, and not all of us came back.

Best friends Matt and John are spending the summer working: Matt to save money for college, John to kill time before trade school. On the beach, the beautiful Driana stops Matt in his tracks. Dri, Stef and JoJo invite the boys to a party at Dri's Hamptons mansion, and Matt drags John along.

When Stef decides it's a beautiful night to go windsurfing, the others race out on the water to make sure she's safe. But with no land in sight and a broken boat engine, it's not just Stef they have to worry about. And as the hours turn into days, the prospect of rescue seems further and further away...

Paul Griffin is a teacher and a devoted helper of at-risk and special-needs teens. He works with organisations like Behind the Book and Literary for Incarcerated Teens, focusing on helping young men and women tell their stories. He is the author of four novels for young adults, including Ten Mile River, Stay With Me and Burning Blue. Paul lives in Manhattan.

'His lonely, vulnerable characters, including the parents are totally convincing and the mystery and excitement of the hacking kept me turning the pages.' Choices for English, AATE

'Griffin gracefully answers and solves mysteries, leaving us with hope and a smile without making things falsely shiny and bright.' New York Times

'Griffin's prose is gorgeous and resonant.' Publishers Weekly

'This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class.' Kirkus

'A terrifying survival story in which past traumas are as visceral and intense as present circumstances.' STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly

'Highly recommended as a good dramatic narrative for both genders...This is daunting drama and powerful writing.' ReadPlus

'Really, really gripping.' Once Upon a Bookish Time

'Getting into the minds of people who are so desperate to survive was very interesting, and often chilling at times...I recommend Adrift to people looking for something quick and thrilling to read.' Readers in Wonderland

'The storyline has a dangerous undercurrent of unpredictability and I loved every moment...superbly written...the thriller aspect is pure perfection.' Diva Booknerd

'[Adrift] really delves into how the mind would handle an indefinite time at sea with no food. That is interesting. And terrifying...A psychologically intriguing survival story.' Paper Fury

'Griffin pulls no punches...An exciting read.' Reading Time

'Fast-paced...completely believable. And to be honest, you really are hanging on to the last moments to find out how it ends. I imagine this will appeal to young readers of both gender.' Booksellers New Zealand

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