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Register Now for Youth Book Discussion

When Jun 18, 2010 03:00 PM to
Jul 21, 2010 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Even for those who live near and with it everyday, the ocean is a mysterious place.  It’s a world within a world, truly unfathomable to most of us in the Midwest.  Yet we are aware, thanks to publications like National Geographic or Smithsonian magazine and public television, that  there are intelligent creatures there whose ways of communicating scientists are beginning to decipher.


Lee Welles’ junior fiction book Way of Water is sure to satisfy anyone’s interest in this wonderful mystery.  It is the story of Miho whose backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met and submerged in a world she has never known: Japan. From the city of Nagoya to the seaside town of Goza, Miho struggles to fit in and navigate the language, the culture and her own grief. It is in Goza that she discovers her surprising family history and finds new teachers. She is befriended by an old man who becomes her Sensei and teaches her Sho-do, The Way of the Brush. And it is there she meets Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Gaia grants her amazing powers to connect with the "minds in the water" and Miho is given access and understanding to all the world's oceans. Will she be able to use her powers to help balance the traditions of the past with the demands of the present? Can she overcome her outsider status to help others understand The Way of Water?


Way of Water is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award which honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.


A book discussion and activity session is scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 3:15 to 5:00 pm. at Decorah Public Library for anyone age 10 or older, including adults.  The event will include time to discuss the story, do a challenging exercise with a simulated oil spill, share the results of an at-home experiment connected to the book, and enjoy a watery refreshment.  Books are available for checkout at the library now.  For more information, call Heidi Swets, Youth Services Program Coordinator, at 382-3717 or

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