The ocean is more home for Pearl and her one-eyed doggy than the rundown house that she and Dad share in their struggling South African coastal town.
In fact, the teen is often late for school because she’s diving for sea creatures to sell for rent money.
Pearl spots something interesting through the restricted offshore area’s fence near the sunken trawler, just before the poachers overfishing the abalone beds spot her – and the police boat spots all of them!
Dad says they have to move inland to the city so he can find work, but how can Pearl leave the sea?
Reluctantly helping the poachers find more abalone, she ventures into the fenced-off area and finds an amazing creature!
Now, to keep her new friend Otto safe from everyone, responsibly harvest enough shellfish to pay back the poachers, and stay awake in class…
Easier said than done, as her school friend Naomi worries about Pearl, the poachers spy on her, and Dad says it’s time to move – now!
A stunning graphic novel from creators at Triggerfish Animation Station in South Africa, coming to North America through Catalyst Press.
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Book info: Pearl of the Sea / Anthony Silverton, Raffaella Della Donne, Willem Samuel. Catalyst Press, 2023. [creators’ site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.