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Lesley Choyce.
Halifax, NS: Formac Publishing, 1990.
116pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-88780-080-7. cloth, $16.95. ISBN 0-88780-081-5. CIP.

Grades 4-10 / Ages 9-15

Reviewed by Floyd Spracklin.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Wave Watch is Lesley Choyce's latest published work. Choyce, who lectures in the English Department of Dalhousie University, has had a varied writing history, including fourteen published books.

Randy knows how to surf better than your average sixteen-year-old. He lives on the outskirts of Halifax and surfs throughout the year at Lawrencetown Beach. However, the Nova Scotia Parks Commission is about to restructure the beach area. Bad news for Randy and his friends! Worse, a gang of Halifax teenagers, headed by Brian, "invades" Randy's beach, leaving both a mess and complaints from area residents. Although Randy teaches the guys a few things about surfing, they show themselves as ungrateful students. To complicate the plot even more, Randy falls in love with Cathy, Brian's girlfriend!

Wave Watch is a compelling book for just about any teenager. The author's own surfing expertise lends much credibility to the book, which includes a two-page surfing glossary. Choyce skilfully works in the intricate rural-urban struggle and the common "odd man in" conflict in Brian's and Cathy's relationship.

The plot is not new. The characters are not new. Nor is the theme. However, the eastern Canada surf-setting and Choyce's succinct style certainly are, all making Wave Watch a worthwhile read!

Floyd Spracklin, G.C. Rowe Junior High School, Corner Brook, NF.
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