The Deep End of Life

The Deep End of Life

Benjamin K. Hewett

Marley Jones is starting the 5th grade: a new school; a new sport; a new home. She wanted to do dance, but instead her parents got divorced, and she ended up in after-school swimming because some quack-job counselor told her dad it was a good way to blow off steam.

And Marley hates swimming. Every practice is a gift of chlorine-scented hair, ear water, and creepy, can’t-get-out-of-your-head shark facts that the popular girls keep telling her to make her squirm. The only good part about swim team is Omar, whose award-winning belly-flop could make a goat laugh.

But even Omar’s belly-flop won’t be enough to keep Marley sane if she can’t fix things with popular girls, escape counseling, and stop her best friend from moving to Alaska.

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