Blue Skin of the Sea

Blue Skin of the Sea By Graham Salisbury, Blue Skin of the Sea Eleven interlinked stories tell the tale of a boy coming of age in Kailua Kona a Hawaiian fishing village Sonny Mendoza is a little different from the rest of the men in his family Salisbury explores
  • Title: Blue Skin of the Sea
  • Author: Graham Salisbury
  • ISBN: 9780440219057
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blue Skin of the Sea By Graham Salisbury, Eleven interlinked stories tell the tale of a boy coming of age in Kailua Kona, a Hawaiian fishing village Sonny Mendoza is a little different from the rest of the men in his family Salisbury explores characters like Aunty Pearl, a full blooded Hawaiian as regal as the queens of old cool Jack, from L.A who starts a gang and dares Sonny to be brave enough, cruel enoughEleven interlinked stories tell the tale of a boy coming of age in Kailua Kona, a Hawaiian fishing village Sonny Mendoza is a little different from the rest of the men in his family Salisbury explores characters like Aunty Pearl, a full blooded Hawaiian as regal as the queens of old cool Jack, from L.A who starts a gang and dares Sonny to be brave enough, cruel enough, to join mysterious Melanie, who steals his heart and Deeps, the shark hunter.But the most memorable character is the sea itself inviting, unpredictable, deadly Mendoza men are brave men, but Sonny s courage is of a different kind Why can t he love and trust the water as the men of his family are meant to do
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    1. Graham Salisbury

      Graham Salisbury comes from a 100 year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii s morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report I enjoy writing about characters who might have been To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience There are times when completely unexpected happenings take place as my fingertips walk the keyboard, things that make me laugh or get all choked up or even amaze me Salisbury s drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident throughout his work Says the author I ve thought a lot about what my job is, or should be as an author of books for young readers I don t write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore And if my stories show characters choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then I will have done something worthwhile His books Eyes of the Emperor, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood Red Sun, Shark Bait, Jungle Dogs, Lord of the Deep, Island Boyz and his short stories, too have been celebrated widely with praise and distinguished awards Graham Salisbury, winner of the PEN Norma Klein Award, grew up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii Later, he graduated from California State University, Northridge, and received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University In fact, he was a member of the founding faculty of Vermont College s highly successful MFA program in Writing for Children, now the Union Institute University.Other important things to know about this author He worked as the skipper of a glass bottom boat, as a deckhand on a deep sea charter fishing boat, and as an Montessori elementary school teacher Hisrock and roll band, The Millennium, had a number one hit in the Philippines, which he composed He once surfed with a shark, got stung by a Portuguese man of war several times , and swam for his life from a moray eel Believe it or not, he didn t wear shoes until the sixth grade and never saw snow until he was nineteen Graham Salisbury now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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    1. Eleven short stories follow Sonny s life from age six to about 19 In the first, he is just learning to swim after being called a pantie by his cousin Keo for not yet being able to swim Through each story there runs a common thread Sonny s strange fear of the ocean He does not understand it, and it bothers him immensely as his family s livelihood depends on the water As he grows, he learns many things about himself, but he learns little about his father, and even less about his mother, who died w [...]

    2. The word that comes to mind most when I try to describe this book is sedate The tone and the plot are gentle, like floating on the Pacific Ocean on a calm day So, I wouldn t recommend this book to readers who appreciate thrillers and adventure stories.Sonny is afraid of the water, and struggles to find his identity where the ocean features strongly in his and the lives of people around him The author presents a story that urges the readers to go beyond the author s words and think about the fami [...]

    3. Hey, a book about Hawai i that s a celebration of the land, not the sea This isn t the greatest book ever, the most touching, or the most beautifully written, but it is a gentle and honest portrait of childhood cruelties, contradictions, loyalties, adaptations Sonny is a normal kid he s not a prodigy or abuse victim, he doesn t have fourteen siblings or magic powers and that s nice His mother s dead and his father is somewhat removed, he s afraid of the water and struggles with racial identity b [...]

    4. Blue Skin of the Sea Reviewed by Devin Boxey Posted to Good Reads I have to admit, Graham Salsbury is one of my favorite authors, but I was pretty disappointed when Blue Skin of the Sea turned out to be a downer Honestly, the only point I got from the book was to tell the story about a young boy s life that lived in Hawaii The funny thing is, is that this boy is a fictional character, so no one really cares how he lived because he never did live Compared to Graham s other books that were based o [...]

    5. Author Graham SalisburyTitle Blue Skin of the SeaGenre coming of age novelPublication Info Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, New York, 1992.Recommended Age 12 and older There are a few spots where language is inappropriate and subject matter is deep, so I would not recommend the book to anyone still in grade school.Plot Summary Sonny Mendoza, a white boy living in a Hawaiian fishing village, goes through different experiences which lead him to understand and overcome his fears He is [...]

    6. I wasn t really looking forward to this one I had been putting off reading it I have to teach it this upcoming year to the point where it is now late back to the library, but at least until about page 134 when the story The Boy in the Shadow started I loved it But then it all got a bit too morose for me I m not a big fan of short stories with the exception of Anthony Doerr s collection called The Shell Collector which is a work of art because as soon as I start to like a character or feel someth [...]

    7. This story is of the coming of age of Sonny Mendoza told in eleven interrelated short stories that span 1955 to 1966, one for each year Its setting is the then little village of Kailua Kona located on the Island of Hawaii Unlike the other men in his family, Sonny has a deeply rooted fear of the ocean neither he nor others understand In each episode Sonny grows, confronting each fear, seeing and experiencing tragedy, learning how to drive Kona style , falling in love, standing up against bullies, [...]

    8. chapter 1 sonny dont know how to swim then when dad took him to the ocean and dad thought him how to swim and at the middle keo was teasing sonny because sonny don t know how to swimapter 2 is all about the bet auntie pearl and the pig and uncle harley and uncle raz was betting who is weighs the pig or auntie pearld at last they take the weight of auntie pearl and auntie pearl weighs 316 then pig weighs 364apter 3 is all about the old man want to make a movie and they using a fake shark then ke [...]

    9. A series of interconnected short stories about a boy coming of age in Hawaii In and of itself, it was ok, but felt at times disjointed and lacking focus Hawaii sure seems like a hard place to be, kinda rough, lots of machismo and fighting I d definitely look for another book by Salisbury, but wouldn t race to recommend this one Some of the pieces make nice stand alones, and in fact I think I did hear about this book when I read one chapter as a selection in a Hawaiian anthology Incidentally, the [...]

    10. This is a collection of short stories that tells the coming of age of Sonny Mendoza All the stories have their own moral and life lesson that Sonny learns the character of his uncle, young love, death, etc All the stories are tied together by one common thread bits of memories that continue to flash through Sonny s mind, even though he cannot remember what the event was In the end Sonny remembers and is able to come of age and decide on the path he wants his destiny to take The imagery used in t [...]

    11. I read this many years ago and really enjoyed it I liked the short story format that follow the characters as they grow up I enjoyed the peek into Hawaiian family life and how people changed over their teen years I even liked the personal reactions to the big events in the Islands The stories have a flow that feels like being in Hawaii.As a teacher, I even used some of the stories to show how other teenagers coped with crises in their lives This is a wonderful book.

    12. Sonny Mendoza is growing up in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii Even though he comes from a fishing family, he fears the deep ocean His fear doesn t keep him away, but makes him cautious Eventually he learns where this fear comes from and comes to terms with it.

    13. Life as seen through the eyes of a young boy living on the big island of Hawaii with his dad Easy to read, yet the ideas and thoughts are deep and stay with you A good read when you have a quiet day or two in front of you.

    14. This book captures the colors, sounds and feelings of the islands When I read this novel, I long to be walking along side my grandma in old Hilo bay at the farmer s markets, bartering on mangos and papayas.

    15. I really liked this book Salisbury put me right in Hawaii I felt all of the characters Being too short and softening the portrayal of characters at times leaves this book at a four But definitely worth a read.

    16. A YA book by a well respected author coming of age tale that takes place in Kona in the 1960s Very evocative of an earlier era in Hawaii if you have been to Kona and liked it, you will enjoy this book.

    17. Kona, the setting of this novel in stories , develops into its own character this book is very much about place and how it shapes us The stories get better, and I felt involved with Sonny, as I read on I look forward to teaching this one, and to visiting Kona.

    18. I was surprised at how well written this book is Excellent read for anyone, but I d specifically recommend it to 11 15 year old boys If I knew any.

    19. It was an interesting book, with many stories put together as one, it didn t really have any sort of main conflict, but many in each chapter.

    20. Captures the flavor of the big island and the magic of the ocean very nicely It wasn t the most intense page turner I have ever read, but I enjoyed it.

    21. Collection of short stories with similar characters about growing up in Hawii during the 50 s Easy read, great imagry believable experiences.

    22. I liked this Definitely for high school age, than for middle school It just sweetly broaches first love and first kiss from a boys pov, very nice I love the setting, Hawaii

    23. Wonderful Salisbury understands Hawaii and knows how to connect with his audience by sharing just the right amount of detail and local culture without overwhelming the story.

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