The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton; illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. 2017. Published by Flying Eye Books.
Brief summary: Erin Pike and her dog, Archie, live in a fishing town. She wants to go out to sea but is told it is too dangerous because of Black Rock. She hears many legends of the rock and wants to find out for herself what it is all about. Erin keeps hiding in her mother’s fishing boat, but is discovered by Archie and sent home. Erin’s decides to hide among the fish, so Archie does not sniff her out. Her plan is successful as she hides in the boat. The fog becomes so thick that Erin can barely see anything, so she leans over the boat to get a better look and falls overboard when the boat turns suddenly to avoid Black Rock. She falls down into the black sea discovering another world. She is rescued by an unexpected savior. When Erin is back home, she explains to all the townspeople about her rescue. No one believes her until one moonlit night, the fishermen and fisherwomen go out to take a closer look at Black Rock.
Comments: There is one foldout that will give readers the overall idea of what Black Rock is and what life depends upon it. Fun adventure story. This could be used to ask children what they think Black Rock is and what they can predict what will happen as the story unfolds.
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