Sixth grader "Boy" Regis loves his family, their Hawaiian village, and the sea. But he's terrified of the wild dogs that lurk in the jungle along his paper route. His older brother Damon calls him "Sissyboy," and jumps into the middle of Boy's own battles at school. "Fight or die," Damon says, and "How can you be my brother?" Boy is no sissy, and he's determined to face the jungle dogs. If he can do that, he can find a way to show Damon: You don't always have to fight to win a battle.
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Graham Salisbury writes from the heart and draws on his own experiences of growing up in Hawaii. His drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident through his work. Says the author: "I've thought a lot about what my job is, or should be, as an author of books for young readers. I don't write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore. . . . And if my stories show [characters] choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then maybe I will have finally done something worthwhile. Wonder of wonders."
Salisbury has already done something worthwhile. His first novel, Blue Skin of the Sea, won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, the Bank Street Child Study Award, and the Parents' Choice Book Award, and was selected as an NCTE Notable Trade book in the Language Arts, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
His second novel, Under the Blood-Red Sun has won the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the 1998 Hawaii Nene Award, as well as numerous other honors. This powerful and poignant book is the moving story of a Japanese American boy caught in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Shark Bait is a fast-paced, exciting action story that explores the lure of violence and its consequences for a boy and his friends when a Saturday night tumult stuns a Hawaiian village. To read a letter to educators and hear an excerpt from the book, along with pronunciations of the unusual words and character names from the novel, click here.
The most recent novel from Salisbury, Lord of the Deep, enticingly combines the high action of fishing with a narrative that delves into the intricate relationship between a 13-year-old boy and his new stepfather.
Born in Hawaii, Graham Salisbury is a descendant of the Thurston and Andrews families, who were among the first missionaries to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands. He grew up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. Later, he graduated from California State University and received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. Salisbury has worked as the skipper of a glass-bottomed boat, as a deckhand on a deep-sea fishing boat, as a musician, and also as an elementary school teacher. Today, he lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he manages a historic office building.
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Graham Salisbury presents another slice of Hawaiian life and, at the same time, shares the universality of the school assignment that asks for a person whom the writer admires. Boy Regis struggles to write the essay. All the while, he is starting a paper route beseiged by dogs, and his older brother experiments with gang culture. As his own narrator, Salisbury moves the reader through events at a fast pace with clarity. As they help Boy shape his essay, his dad, school mates, gang aquaintances, and Buzzy, the fisherman, are narrated as vivid, unique personalities. Graham Salisbury has a comfortableness with his own characters. A.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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