Inspired by Joan of Arc, a girl builds and pilots a submarine to prove just what girls can do in Mary Underwater, a masterful middle-grade debut from Shannon Doleski.
Mary Murphy feels like she’s drowning. Her violent father is home from prison, and the social worker is suspicious of her new bruises. An aunt she’s never met keeps calling. And if she can’t get a good grade on her science project, she’ll fail her favorite class.
But Mary doesn’t want to be a victim anymore. She has a plan: build a real submarine, like the model she’s been making with Kip Dwyer, the secretly sweet class clown. Gaining courage from her heroine, Joan of Arc, Mary vows to pilot a sub across the Chesapeake Bay, risking her life in a modern crusade to save herself.
Mary Underwater is an empowering tale of persistence, heroism, and hope from a luminous new voice in middle-grade fiction.
“This is perfect for readers not quite ready for Laurie Halse Anderson and anyone who needs a reminder that there’s always hope.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Starred Review)
**STARRED REVIEW**Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is perfect for readers not quite ready for Laurie Halse Anderson and anyone who needs a reminder that there’s always hope."
"Doleski’s debut features a protagonist who morphs from reticence to courage to overcome adversity as she learns the importance of both self-reliance and accepting support from friends. . . offers a realistic, engaging portrayal of adolescents dealing with parental violence."Booklist
"A ruggedly heartwarming tale of resilience and romance."Kirkus Reviews
"A heartwarming story about submarines, first love, and asking for help when you need it the most. Readers will be rooting for Mary as they learn about submersible science and Joan of Arc."School Library Connection