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Heidi R. Kling


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Summer 2010 Kids' Next List

“How do you carry on when your mother's plane disappears over the Indian ocean? This is the question that has haunted Sienna for three years. When her father, a psychiatrist, announces he is going to Indonesia to try to help children who escaped the tsunami, Sienna grudgingly agrees to go with him and there she meets a little girl, Ellie, who melts her heart, and Deni, a charismatic boy who is the uncrowned leader of the survivors and to whom she is inextricably drawn. Sienna learns so much about herself and the way forward from this boy who really seems to understand her.”
— Angela Mann, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
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Still haunted by nightmares of her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father's relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder--something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn't do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.

But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn't think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

A compelling summer romance, "Sea" marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA.

G. P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399251634, 327pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2010

About the Author

Heidi R. Kling lives in Palo Alto, California.