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Life Sustaining

Realistic Fiction: These stories focus on characters who are drifting, lost in seas of change. Whether dealing with friends, family, or memories of the past, they must swim for shore, literally or metaphorically, to find solid ground again.


Hate List
Hate List

Her boyfriend made the list. He did the shooting. So why does Valerie feel like the bad guy?


Swim the Fly
Swim the Fly

Two summer goals: see a naked girl and swim the 100-yard butterfly.


Whale Talk
Whale Talk

These outcasts didn't think they could do anything, until popular T.J. picked them for his swim team.


Water For Elephants
Water For Elephants

Jacob remembers his time in the circus, his friendship with the star of the equestrian act and Rosie the elephant, who gave them hope.


Girl at Sea
Girl at Sea

High-school junior Clio Ford reluctantly gives up her dream job and a potential first kiss to take a working vacation with her estranged father on a yacht in Italy.


Back Home
Back Home

Rosie's father is back from the war and her family isn't sure how his brain injury will impact them.


The Color of Water
The Color of Water

When Ehwa goes to the town festival she falls in love with a handsome young wrestler, Duksam, but Master Cho wants Ehwa for himself.


Punkzilla
Punkzilla

Punkzilla decides to try to kick his meth habit and turn his life around by taking a cross-country, soul-searching journey to visit his older brother who is dying of cancer.


Breathless
Breathless

At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.


Once Was Lost
Once Was Lost

As the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith.