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A Thousand Shades of Blue

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A sailing trip to the Caribbean might sound great, but sixteen-year-old Rachel can't stand being trapped on a small boat with her family. She misses her best friend and feels guilty about leaving her older sister Emma, who lives in a group home. Her father is driving her crazy with his schedules and rules, her brother is miserable, and there is never anyone her own age around. Worst of all, there is nowhere to go when her parents fight. While their boat is being repaired, the family spends a few weeks in a small Bahamian community, where Rachel and Tim discover a secret which turns their world upside down and threatens to destroy the fragile ties that hold their family together.
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A Th ousand Shades of Blue
Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers
Text copyright ©2008Robin Stevenson
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Stevenson, Robin H. (Robin Hjørdis), 1968 A thousand shades of blue / written by Robin Stevenson. ISBN 9781551439211 I. Title. PS8637.T487T48 2008 jC813'.6 C20089030508
First published in the United States,2008Library of Congress Control Number:2008928575
Summary: A yearlong sailing trip to the Bahamas reveals deep wounds in Rachel’s family and brings out the worst in Rachel.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Design by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork by Janice Kun Author photo by David Lowes
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper.  11 10 09 08 • 4 3 2 1
To CHeryl May, for all tHe memories of a magical year aboard tHe sailboat Tara.
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Acknowledgments
Many anks o ïse and Gîes Seenson or eîr suppor and encouragemen; o Pa Scmaz or er careu readîng and însîgu suggesîons; o e Icîon crîîque group o e Vîcorîa Wrîer’s Socîey or proîdîng epu eedback on e eary capers; and o Sara Harey or er ougu and asue adîce.
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Sailingin t h e Bah amasî s a dream come rue, rîg? Cear bue waer, sunannîng eery day, cockaîs on e deck wî îce cubes cînkîng, ropîca Is, brîgy coored cora rees. Here’s e reaîy: ha cear bue waer neer sops moîng. e boa doesn’ aways rock you geny. Someîmes î rows you around so îoeny you’d se your sou o ge o sore. More oTen î jus drîes you crazy wî îs consan moîon and keeps you sîgy of baance. he sun burns your skîn. he rerîgeraîon breaks down, and ere are no îce cubes. Eeryîng ases say: your aîr, your îps, e îps o your Ingers. e cora rees are ragîe and damaged, and e îs a swîm oer em can carry cîguaera, a oxîn wîc damages your nerous sysem so a ea ees îke îce and cod burns îke Ire. Noîng îs wa î seems. Noîng. ï’m sîîng on e oredeck o our saîboa. îs îs wa passes or prîacy now. My parens and my younger
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