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Girl At Sea [Paperback]

Maureen Johnson
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May 13 2008

Sometimes you have to get lost . . .

The Girl: Clio Ford, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she'll get a killer tan.

The Mission: Survive her father's crazy antics. Oh, and also find some missing underwater treasure that could unlock the secrets of civilization.

The Crew: Dad's wacky best friend Martin, his bizarre research partner Julia, her voluptuous daughter Elsa . . . and then there's Aidan, Julia's incredibly attractive, incredibly arrogant assistant.

What's going on behind Aidan's intellectual, intensely green eyes, anyway?

As Clio sails into uncharted territory she unveils secrets that have the power to change history. But her most surprising discovery is that there's something deeper and more cryptic than the sea—her own heart.

. . . to find what you're looking for


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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Clio Ford, 17, is an artist who has just landed a job at an art store that puts her right in the line of sight of her crush. Within minutes of landing this primo job, she learns that her mother has been awarded a fellowship that involves moving to Kansas for the summer; Clio will have to live with her father, whom she considers immature and selfish, on a yacht in Italy. Within pages, Clio is off on an excursion that involves her father (who is really working hard to make things right), his new girlfriend (an archaeology professor on a hunt), his girlfriend's daughter, a grad assistant, and her father's best friend. There is a secret shrouding this adventure. Through old letters that are found and snippets of conversation, readers figure out that the group is looking for something akin to the Rosetta Stone. Johnson does a great job of peppering enough interesting information and planting enough clues to keep the story moving along. Purchase for readers who enjoy lighthearted mystery and intrigue.—Emily Garrett, Armstrong Elementary School, Sachse, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Who wouldn't want to spend the summer cruising the Mediterranean? Seventeen-year-old Clio, for one. It will ruin her plan to turn her crush into her boyfriend, and she'll be stuck with her dad. Things head downhill from the start of the cruise: her dad's new girlfriend is along; Clio must share a cabin with Elsa, the girlfriend's daughter; she's not allowed to use the Internet or a telephone; and no one will tell her the real purpose of the trip. Clio and Elsa quickly become friends, and eventually Clio determines that the trip has something to do with undersea archaeology. Then, Clio is knocked off guard by her attraction to an onboard research assistant. A whirlwind of mystery and action, friendship and romance, this is a perfect summer read for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fans. Booth, Heather --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan. 7 2008
Format:Hardcover
Clio Ford has lived an interesting life. She became famous at age 12. Her parents are divorced. And she has a tattoo, just to name a few things.

Now, forced to spend a summer with her insane father and his research team on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea, she just might go mad. Especially since she knows they're looking for something...something they refuse to tell Clio anything about.

GIRL AT SEA is simply fantastic. As usual with all of Maureen Johnson's books, the plot is unique and nothing like anything you'll find in most other teen books these days. Clio is lively, fun, adventurous, and witty.

So if you care to read about paper hats, crazy parents, big boats, weird tattoos, lost artifacts, romance, and LOTS of jellyfish, what are you waiting for? Join in on all the nautical fun! Maureen Johnson will leave you desperate for more.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, Fantastic Story June 21 2007
By Terri Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
GIRL AT SEA is Maureen Johnson's best book yet, and that's really saying something, as anyone who has read her fantastic earlier novels will know. It's a mystery full of forgotten secrets from the past with travel, wonderful characters, romance, adventure, and so much more. The amazingly well-written page-turner has elements that will remind readers of bestselling adult books by big names like Dan Brown, but with a quirky charm and loveable main character all its own.

Clio Ford is a seventeen-year-old aspiring artist who is understandably unhappy when she has to give up her dream job at the local art store to spend her summer vacation on a boat in Italy, tagging along on one of her father's mysterious adventures. It's just like old times, when they traveled the world with the money from Div!, a board game that Clio and her father invented on a rainy trip to the beach. This time, however, this sort of zany adventure has lost much of its magic for her. She worries that it must be costing a fortune that her father doesn't have because a past business partner took off with most of the Dive! money.

Add that to the fact that Clio discovers she's also the unwilling addition to her father's date with his snarky new girlfriend, Julia, and you've got one unhappy teenaged girl. It's not all bad, though: she's had to leave her crush behind, but there may be an even better guy right on the Sea Butterfly. As bad as it seems when she finds out she's stuck on the boat, her time on board might not be half bad. After all, her father's crazy adventures were fun when she was twelve...right? But this expedition turns out to be unlike what she experienced before. There's a lot more in store than Clio--or anyone else--knows.

My only complaint with this book is how soon it ended! When the story ends, the key to the mystery has been found--but the mystery itself has yet to be solved. I really, really hope there'll be a sequel to this crazy, fantastic, adventurous story!

Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce
06/22/2007
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl at Sea July 6 2007
By Chelsie Lacny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was a really good book for summertime... and I liked it much better than 13 Little Blue Envelopes, because I connected with the characters easier. I wouldn't come out and say this book was the greatest book I've ever read, but it was definitely worth my time. It kept me interested and I genuinely cared about Clio and what happened to her. Sure, I didn't agree with everything she did, but I still thought that this book was the perfect combination of fluff and seriousness. Definitely great.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnson Does It Again June 15 2007
By Clio Tandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book was amazing, my saving grace in a pile of failures I bought at the book store.

It details the adventures of Clio as she is forced from what could be a fantastic summer working side by side with her art store hottie, Ollie, to going along with her father on another one of his crazy schemes. This time, Clio and her father's other shipmates, family friend Martin, Clio's father's girlfriend, Julia, Julia's assistant, Aiden, and Julia's daughter, Elsa, will be on a yacht off the coast of Italy doing something that no one will tell her anything about.

Clio is, understandably, upset.

I found the book to be highly enjoyable and watching Clio try to deal with everything from her already frayed relationship with her father, to HIS relationship with Julia, to the extremely hush-hush reason they're on this modern day Gilligan's Isle waiting to happen, to the barbs exchanged between herself and the arrogant Aiden of Yale and Cambridge, to her friendship with Elsa especially when they both end up crushing on Aiden. Clio was extremely likeable, very understandable, and I was rooting for her and Aiden from their first interaction.

Although the real plot of the story got lost in the character relationships and took awhile to kick in, I still enjoyed it. I love Maureen Johnson's writing and I think she's an amazing author. Girl at Sea is a book I would recommend for anyone with some time on their hands and a love for summer novels.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!!! June 9 2007
By Michelle's Minions - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Everything is going great for Clio. She finally gets the job of her dreams working with the guy of her dreams when she gets the news that she has to spend the summer in Italy with her father, on a boat. Most people would be happy about that but as far as she's concerned, it's the worst thing that could happen to her. She's stuck out at sea with a group of strangers on what seems to be one of her fathers rediculous schemes with no way of communicating with the outside world. Nobody will tell her what is going on and why exactly they are there, so she takes matters into her own hands to find the truth. It turns into a fantastic sea adventure that flips her world upside down. It's funny, exciting, clever and romantic. A great read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take This Journey Nov. 6 2007
By Little Willow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Landlubbers and sea lovers alike will enjoy taking a trip with this Girl At Sea. Maureen Johnson once again successfully blends comedy and drama to create an intriguing, realistic story.

The Girl in question is Clio, who wears her heart and her scars on her sleeve. When she was eleven years old, she and her father created a board game called Dive! that took off.

A few years later, so did her father.

Fast forward five years. Now a high school junior, Clio was gearing up to work at a cool art supply store when her father contacts her. He wants her to come with him on a ten-week trip to the Mediterranean, but he won't tell her exactly where or why they're going.

Reluctantly, she goes along, only to discover they aren't alone. She must bunk with a sassy Swedish-English girl named Elsa whose mother is assisting Clio's father with his research. Her father's best friend Martin and a college boy named Aidan are also on board. As Clio's travels take her farther from home, they may or may not bring her closer to her father - and to herself.

Clio is a remarkable character. She's artsy. She's feisty. She's cool, but she doesn't know it. (That may just make her cooler.) She knows what she likes but isn't quite sure what she wants. She has a boldness about her, yet she's not really impulsive. Clio has a backbone, and even when she's vulnerable, she fights to stand on her own two feet. Her unique streak is a mile wide and she's got a knack for witty comebacks. I absolutely love her voice. Johnson's distinctive writing style really makes Clio shine.

Undeniably entertaining, Girl at Sea will not only please Maureen Johnson's loyal readers but should also be appreciated by anyone searching for a witty narrative and a memorable journey.
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