From A. LaFaye, a heartwarming tale of high adventure, family lore, and learning to conquer fear.
Shape-shifting selkies, baby-stealing fairies, and spitting in water as a test for liars: Kyna’s adoptive parents have an endless stream of stories to keep her amused. But no matter how hard they try, Kyna can’t get over her fear of the water. As a small child, a storm at sea claimed her family, and nearly took her own life. Now even bathwater sets her on edge.
When Kyna’s parents announce that they’ve rented a summer house on “magical” Lake Champlain, Kyna begs to be left home for the summer. No such luck. Once there, she explores the forests and the hillsides and resolves to stay as far from the water as possible. But when a new friend sets out to prove that there are selkies in the lake, Kyna finds herself far too close to the water, and dangerously close to a truth she can’t believe.
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Praise and Prizes
“A. LaFaye’s Water Steps is wonderful, in the most literal sense of the word: which is to say it is a book full of wonder and wonders. It pulses with a love of nature and the natural world, a world too often lost to modern children. Rich with love and loss, longing and renewal, a bit of mystery and a touch of fantasy, it is a joy to read.”
“Relatable and rewarding. Water Steps makes a great read and brought me back to a time when . . . my imagination was only inhibited by how much time was left before my mom called me to dinner.”
“Kyna’s struggles to take ‘water’ (baby) steps and move through her fear will resonate with many kids who are wrestling overwhelming fears of their own. . . . Kyna’s story is a satisfying journey to hope and understanding.”
“The language is almost poetic with its use of sensory detail, alliteration, and precise words choices. A satisfying story of overcoming one’s fears and discovering secrets.”
“A. LaFaye shapes a wonderful novel that I couldn’t put down. With descriptive language, LaFaye pulled me into the book to the point that Kyna became my newest best friend. . . . On an inspirational journey, she faces her fears and makes new friends along the way. LaFaye uses her literary genius to bring us, the readers, along for the ride.”