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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.

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Mary Underwater cover art by Helen Musselwhite

BOOK TWO UNTITLED (out Spring 2022 with Amulet Books)

Author of MARY UNDERWATER Shannon Doleski’s untitled book, Gilbert Blythe meets Station Eleven, in which a boy living in a postapocalyptic community is torn between leaving his home to look for survivors and staying after an intriguing new girl joins his community, to Erica Finkel at Amulet, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2022, by Veronica Park at Fuse Literary (world).

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