Cover Reveal: A Swirl of Ocean by Melissa Sarno

Hello, Melissa Sarno! Thank you for stopping by to share the stunning cover for A Swirl of Ocean. Please tell us about the scene Leo Nickolls illustrated on the cover.

Melissa Sarno: Thank you so much for having me here, Mr. Schu! The cover features my main character, Summer, in her beach town, Barnes Bluff. She’s caught in a swirl of dreams and secrets, trying to understand why she was found on that beach when she was two years old. She wants to understand where she came from, so she captures the ocean water in a jar and decides to swallow it. She believes that the ocean knows her history and, if she drinks it, she can know that history because it will be inside her. That’s when she starts having some strange dreams… 

Which three words best describe Summer?

Melissa Sarno: 




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Where's your favorite place in Barnes Bluff?

Melissa: I like the marsh on the side of the road. It’s where Summer finds an old painted canoe and meets the mysterious Turtle Lady for the first time, a neighbor who few people in town have ever seen.

Please finish these sentence starters:

I hope A Swirl of Ocean makes young readers think about how we are all connected to the world and to each other in all kinds of big and beautiful ways.

Story is a way to be heard and to hear others. It leads us toward greater understanding.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me more about that weird neighbor I mentioned: Turtle Lady. When I was a kid, I lived next door to a woman we called the Turtle Lady, because she kept pet turtles that sometimes got loose in my backyard and they all had painted numbers on their shells. If you look closely at the cover you’ll see a turtle with a number on its shell. If you read the book, I hope you’ll ask me which chapters about the Turtle Lady are true (hint: most of them are.)

Look for A Swirl of Ocean on August 6, 2019. 

From Knopf Books for Young Readers: 

Twelve-year-old Summer lives year round in Barnes Bluff, a strip of land between the ocean and the bay. It’s the same shore where Lindy found her when she was two years old, and she’s been with Lindy ever since. But now, Lindy’s boyfriend is moving in and Summer feels like he’s taking over her space. For the first time, Summer starts to wonder where she came from and if she really belongs with Lindy after all.

When she gets caught swimming in a rip-tide and escapes, swallowing more ocean than she thought possible, Summer starts dreaming about a girl named Tink, whose story unfolds each time Summer closes her eyes at night. She comes to believe that Tink is connected to who she was before Lindy found her all those years ago.

Summer looks to the ocean she came from for answers and discovers that it has its own story, one she couldn’t have imagined.

From Melissa Sarno comes a tale of the secrets we keep and discovering a way to set them free.


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