By Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Teens & YA
In a world where sea monsters are real, what do you do with your inner demons?
Roaming the Mediterranean Sea on sailboats and hunting down monsters is the only life seventeen-year-old Indi has ever known. He never loved it, but now that his parents are gone—vanished during a hunt three months ago—it’s harder and harder to fight his desire to escape. It doesn’t help that he has custody of his parents’ journal, which contains a too-small section devoted to a treasure his parents promised they would someday give them. Maybe it’s something valuable enough to get militant Beleza to agree to settle down. Something that would take the little kids away from the life that’s turning Oscar into a pirate and wasting Zulu’s brilliant six-year-old mind. Something that could give Indi a normal life. If only sea monsters, his own conscience, and the entire ocean weren’t between him and that treasure.
Pirates of the Caribbean meets True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle in this exciting, heartfelt, swashbuckling YA adventure from the daring mind of Hannah Moskowitz.
Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She's also the co-author of GENA/FINN with Kat Helgeson and has contributed to several anthologies. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent.
Review & Wrap-Up:
Salt. The many different meanings behind this title. They have it in their blood. They are sea fairing creatures themselves. And they are salty enough to handle the lives they have been handed. These are the orphan children of Salt.
This modern-day (futuristic? - I'm still a little unclear about the exact time setting) pirate/monster hunting tale is an adventure of the heart and mind as well as of the sea. While it doesn't portray the best moral values for the audience (such as stealing, multiple sexual partners and underage drinking), it does teach some great lessons: family is everything; have heart; fight and strive for what you believe in; and work hard enough, you will be rewarded.
I enjoyed Salt. I did find it boring at times, but I believe that was only because I found the narrator, Indi, to be a bit blah. But the story itself was intriguing and continued to draw me back in. I needed to know if they survived, if they found their parents, if they found El Diamante and if they can kill it if they do.
Adventure, heart and real salt are what you'll get with Salt by Hannah Moskowitz. A book that I would recommend to the young and old alike.
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚
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Pair with beef, grilled red meats and marinated red meats.
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