The Water Children

The Water Children

Book - 2012
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Presents the stories of four individuals whose lives are irrevocably shaped by the pull and spirits of the water, from Owen, who believes his younger sister was stolen by merfolk in childhood; to abused orphan Naomi, who escapes into the ocean while harboring a powerful secret.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451642193
1451642199
9781451642186
1451642180
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 24 cm

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zaire189
Sep 20, 2013

What captivated me the most was Anne Berry's vivid portrayal of the details in each of the water children's stories. I felt like I was in the book with them. My favourite out of the four though is definitely Owen Abingdon. His character and story stood out to me the most. 5-10 pages into the book, I was touched by Owen and what kept me reading until the end, is the desire to know how he healed and moved on from that tragic accident.

sharonb122 Jul 27, 2013

(spoiler alert) I love Anne Berry's writing. I read it slowly to take in all of her word pictures. Some of her metaphors were unusual, but really brought interesting perspective; others connected with other topics or aspects in the book. i.e.: p. 292 in my copy says, "While the drizzle smacks the crucifix set of his shoulders..." What an image! "c rucifix" symbolizing that he is a sacrificial lamb becuse of the abuse he grew up in, that he is sacrificing himself, and/or all 4 of these young people are sacrificail lambs because of what they went through. Mara/Naomi was difficult to figure out what and when was happening, but it sure kept me reading. One of the most poignant scenes for me was the chapter when Anita was getting married. Overall message may be, oh, what we do to our children! Very good book. I will want to read, "The Hungry Ghosts."

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h19835195
Nov 14, 2011

Having read Berry's "The Hungry Ghost" I was eagerly anticipating this book, but was quite disappointed. Interesting insight into human nature, but not a particularly satisfying read for me.

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