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Title:
Blood in the water
Author:
London, C. Alexander, author.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
213 pages ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Cory McNab is a member of the Navy's Marine Mammal Program where he is partnered with a search-and-recovery dolphin named Kaj, and their new mission is to help locate a spy submersible lost in North Korean waters--but first they have to win the trust of the Navy SEALs who are assigned to deal with the problem.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 5.0 169149.
ISBN:
9780545662987
Format :
Book

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Based on a real military program! The US Navy's new breed of soldier is ready to make a big splash.

Navy SEALs are some of the most elite warriors in the world. Trained to operate in sea, land, and air, they work under cover of night to carry out the US military's most sensitive and difficult missions.

Cory McNab wanted to be a Navy SEAL, but he washed out of the program. Now he is a member of the Navy's Marine Mammals Program, where he is partnered with a search-and-recovery dolphin named Kaj.

Together, Cory and Kaj are the Navy's best hope when a US spy submarine is lost in enemy waters. With the help of Kaj's bio-sonar, they should be able to locate the submarine before its secrets fall into the wrong hands. But the mission gets complicated when a team of Navy SEALs runs into trouble. Can Cory succeed where his heroes have failed . . . or is he in too deep?


Author Notes

C. ALEXANDER LONDON is an author of books for children and adults. In addition to the Dog Tags and Tides of War series, he writes the Accidental Adventures novels for young readers and books like One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War for older readers. When he is not writing books, he can usually be found walking around New York City talking to his dog.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When Corey's brother is attacked by a great white shark, a pod of dolphins drives off the shark and saves the lives of both boys. This experience leads Corey, a recent Navy SEAL dropout, to transfer to the Navy's Marine Mammal unit (yes, it's real!), where he can work with dolphins. Paired with a highly intelligent dolphin named Kaj, Corey teaches it to patrol harbor waters and find explosives or lost equipment. When Corey and Kaj are assigned to a top-secret mission with the Navy SEALs' most elite team, Corey is confronted with lingering shame over failing his SEAL training, and a deep fear of being in open water where sharks could attack again. Filled with fascinating facts about dolphins and the U.S. Navy, yet never bogged down by details, this first in the Tides of War series is a suspense-laden adventure that will reel in readers and keep them hooked until the last page.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-An exciting adventure story that will interest readers who like stories about the military and/or dolphins. Cory McNab wanted to be a Navy SEAL, but was not able to make it through basic training. After dropping out, he returns home. While surfing, Cory and his brother are attacked by a shark. The two of them are rescued by a dolphin and make it safely to shore. After the rescue, Cory becomes fascinated with dolphins and joins the Navy Marine Mammal Program, a branch of the service that teams an expert with an animal for important missions. Cory's dolphin partner is named Kaj, and it is not long before the two of them are needed for a dangerous mission in North Korean waters. The Navy needs Kaj's bio-sonar to find and destroy a lost submarine in enemy territory. Kaj is able to find the sub right away but things become complicated. Cory will have to step up and face his fears and insecurities if the mission is to succeed. This is a fast-paced story that will hook readers from the very first scene. Ideal for reluctant readers.-Patrick Tierney, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School, RI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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