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Hannah and Joey have been best friends forever, making beautiful things from the shells and driftwood on the beach. But now it’s not just the two of them anymore: now there’s a newcomer, Paul. He’s Joey’s new foster brother, who has been rescued like a piece of driftwood. Everyone thinks he’s finally found safety. At first, things are great. Hannah’s brother makes friends with Paul and the four hang out together. But then things start to go wrong. Paul is being bullied – by Hannah’s brother. Subtly at first… until it gets dangerous. Now Paul needs rescuing again. But can you rescue a friendship when it’s drowning? Can you betray your flesh and blood to save a stranger’s life? As Paul floats further and further away from her, Hannah faces the toughest choice of her life.

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Date published

June 2nd, 2011

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AR book level: 4.4; Upper years; 5.0 points




Cathy Cassidy

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Cathy Cassidy’s stirring teen novels have a huge following. Their optimism, realism and empathy explain their popularity, especially with girls, and are perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

More about Cathy: “I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know!). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too – pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. I’d sell my homemade comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else,they didn’t have photocopiers back then!

I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine. Later, I married my boyfriend Liam, went back to college and trained to be an art teacher. I taught in a Coventry secondary school for a few years, which I loved, then moved to Scotland with Liam to start a family.

My kids are 13 and 14 years old now, and the four of us live in a cottage in the Galloway hills with sheep and cows for neighbours. As well as writing books, I am the agony aunt on Shout magazine and sometimes teach art in the local primary schools, which is great fun and keeps me sane. (Well, maybe!)

I’ve been veggie for 30 years, and was vegan for 8 of them – a chocolate-eating vegan, like Storm! I love old clothes, old toys, cars, books. We have three cats, two rabbits and a mad, hairy lurcher called Kelpie (the model for Leggit in my book Dizzy).

I love my family, I love living in the middle of nowhere and I love my work. Of all my jobs, writing has to be the best – it’s the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!”


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  1. Goldie 113308

    on 9 April 2014

    i love this book its so inspiring i just loved it

    5out of 5
  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 17 March 2014

    love it

    5out of 5
  3. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    Amazing I absolutely loved it,at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it but after about Page 20 I regretted not reading it before. This book was great but sad,we’ll not sad just… emotional when Kit turns on Paul I feel as if I could punch Kit, I thought that he had just lost a really cool, unique ,funny, caring soon to be friend!

    5out of 5
  4. Jane blonde 113694

    on 9 March 2013

    this book is good

  5. Gruffalo 113679

    on 9 March 2013

    It’s really sad at times but on the whole I enjoyed it

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    on 8 March 2013

    good book

    5out of 5
  7. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    i love this book because there is a certain truth about it. i recommend it and i hope you like it too. it is quite sad at times but has a happy ending. i finished it in a day

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    on 1 March 2012

    This is such a sad anromantic book I love it.

    5out of 5
  9. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 1 March 2012

    This is a good book about first love, friendship and bullying. I really enjoyed reading it. It is about Hannah and how she copes when her brother starts dating her best friend. Suddenly she finds herself alone at lunch and she has no one to talk to. She ends up friends with Paul a foster kid who is currently living with Joey Hannah’s best friend’s family. Great read for ages 12+