counter create hit Saltwater Secrets - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Saltwater Secrets

Availability: Ready to download

A story of two sisters, one summer vacation, and one big mystery for them to solve. Stella and Josie live for their summers at the boardwalk—each one a carbon copy of the last. Josie lives in Australia most of the year; her half-sister, Stella, lives in New Jersey. But every year, they come together for a beach vacation with their dad, and to make more memories. The real ex A story of two sisters, one summer vacation, and one big mystery for them to solve. Stella and Josie live for their summers at the boardwalk—each one a carbon copy of the last. Josie lives in Australia most of the year; her half-sister, Stella, lives in New Jersey. But every year, they come together for a beach vacation with their dad, and to make more memories. The real excitement for them is their secret special place under the boardwalk, where they hide their sister scrapbook, adding memories from each summer. But this summer feels different. Josie isn’t the same—she’s turned into one of the popular girls that Stella can’t stand. Despite the rocky start to their vacation, they still go to their secret, special place under the boardwalk, adding memories to their sister scrapbook once again. That is, until their place is discovered by the owners of the newest store—the Smoothie Factory, which replaced Josie’s favorite sweet spot. Not only have the owners of the Smoothie Factory discovered the cove, they are exploiting the natural habitat, and endangering marine life and everyone at the beach! It’s up to Josie and Stella to figure out how to stop their beloved boardwalk from disappearing for good.


Compare
Ads Banner

A story of two sisters, one summer vacation, and one big mystery for them to solve. Stella and Josie live for their summers at the boardwalk—each one a carbon copy of the last. Josie lives in Australia most of the year; her half-sister, Stella, lives in New Jersey. But every year, they come together for a beach vacation with their dad, and to make more memories. The real ex A story of two sisters, one summer vacation, and one big mystery for them to solve. Stella and Josie live for their summers at the boardwalk—each one a carbon copy of the last. Josie lives in Australia most of the year; her half-sister, Stella, lives in New Jersey. But every year, they come together for a beach vacation with their dad, and to make more memories. The real excitement for them is their secret special place under the boardwalk, where they hide their sister scrapbook, adding memories from each summer. But this summer feels different. Josie isn’t the same—she’s turned into one of the popular girls that Stella can’t stand. Despite the rocky start to their vacation, they still go to their secret, special place under the boardwalk, adding memories to their sister scrapbook once again. That is, until their place is discovered by the owners of the newest store—the Smoothie Factory, which replaced Josie’s favorite sweet spot. Not only have the owners of the Smoothie Factory discovered the cove, they are exploiting the natural habitat, and endangering marine life and everyone at the beach! It’s up to Josie and Stella to figure out how to stop their beloved boardwalk from disappearing for good.

30 review for Saltwater Secrets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    SALTWATER SECRETS is a wonderful story of a blended family, full of mystery, friendships in a heartwarming and page turner of a story I really enjoyed! This was a really great summer read perfect for tweens and teens. I highly recommend this for a fun summer read for teens, tween and everyone else!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Half sisters Stella and Josie only see each other during the summer, since Stella lives in New Jersey with her mother and Josie lives in Australia with hers. During the summer, however, they stay with their father in an East Coast beach resort town. They have their traditions and secrets, like getting Water Ices and hanging out in their under-the-boardwalk hideaway. This summer, things have changed. Stella has gotten into some trouble with friends during the school yea E ARC provided by Edelweiss Half sisters Stella and Josie only see each other during the summer, since Stella lives in New Jersey with her mother and Josie lives in Australia with hers. During the summer, however, they stay with their father in an East Coast beach resort town. They have their traditions and secrets, like getting Water Ices and hanging out in their under-the-boardwalk hideaway. This summer, things have changed. Stella has gotten into some trouble with friends during the school year, and feels like she is a high schooler, while Josie is still a kid. Not only that, but their Water Ice shop has been turned into a smoothie store, which has affected their hideaway. Josie intends to boycott the smoothie shop, but Stella is trying to move on. We get the story of their summer in flashbacks-- both girls are being interviewed by the police after an incident that has sent someone to the hospital. For Stella, this is a "third strike", and her lawyer step father is on his way to deal with her. We get the mystery in tiny sections, and it all has to do with local eccentric Rodney, the smoothie store, a pop singer, and the deaths of jellyfish along the beach. How much trouble are Stella and Josie really in? Strengths: The environmental mystery is well constructed and has a flavor of Monster meets Hoot. The seaside, summer setting is fun even with the darker overtones. There are colorful local characters and some good twists that I don't want to ruin. Of course, the real charm for me was the sisterly bond. I think a lot of tweens and teens want a sibling who is their friend, but with whom they don't have to deal with all the time. Weaknesses: We are kept in the dark about what happened for most of the book, and I got oddly annoyed at this. It might have been the flashbacks. I'm not a fan. What I really think: Callaghan's Lost In books are HUGELY popular in my library, so I will probably buy this for the readers who love those, although this has a decidedly different flavor. (Obviously, wattle berry...)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This is the perfect summer read for tweens. With a compelling mystery and a current conservation message, it has right now appeal. The alternating timelines within in the two POVs adds suspense and reflects the setup of popular adult thrillers. Stella and Josie are sisters who live on opposite sides of the world. They are very different, yet loyal to each other. I found their mix of friends was also nicely varied and intriguing. Callaghan communicates the need for a change without being preachy. This is the perfect summer read for tweens. With a compelling mystery and a current conservation message, it has right now appeal. The alternating timelines within in the two POVs adds suspense and reflects the setup of popular adult thrillers. Stella and Josie are sisters who live on opposite sides of the world. They are very different, yet loyal to each other. I found their mix of friends was also nicely varied and intriguing. Callaghan communicates the need for a change without being preachy. I am looking forward to the sequel! Thank you to Aladdin and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    I absolutely LOVE tween books like this! A nice break from the lengthier, heavier themed, adult thrillers, these kind of tween mysteries remind me of how much I loved reading my mom's Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books way back when. Books that get to the point without all the added big words & overly drawn out dialogue; just pure reading enjoyment. . "Saltwater Secrets" is told from the POV of both Josie & Stella in flashback form as they are being interviewed by the police after an incident that inju I absolutely LOVE tween books like this! A nice break from the lengthier, heavier themed, adult thrillers, these kind of tween mysteries remind me of how much I loved reading my mom's Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books way back when. Books that get to the point without all the added big words & overly drawn out dialogue; just pure reading enjoyment. . "Saltwater Secrets" is told from the POV of both Josie & Stella in flashback form as they are being interviewed by the police after an incident that injured someone & the girls may be in a bit of a pickle. This quick-paced, tween novel is a perfect summer reading pick (for girls & boys, AND adults, too!) with oceanic atmosphere, relatable family drama, a mystery, sisterly bonding, & some humor as well. . I read to my autistic, twin, teen sons daily as a special bonding & calming time of our day & this is our reading material this week. So far they seem pretty intrigued! I will definitely be checking out Callaghan's other tween reads, including "Just Add Magic" which was also adapted into an Amazon Original series. Look for this fun book now wherever books are sold & be sure to check out Cindy's other books!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Saltwater Secrets follows half sisters Josie and Stella as they embark on another fabulous Jersey Shore summer together. This time, though, things are different. The girls are heading into high school and Stella isn’t sure that Josie is ready to act the part. The girls happen upon what they believe to be a major problem at the boardwalk, and when local officials won’t listen, they take it upon themselves to I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Saltwater Secrets follows half sisters Josie and Stella as they embark on another fabulous Jersey Shore summer together. This time, though, things are different. The girls are heading into high school and Stella isn’t sure that Josie is ready to act the part. The girls happen upon what they believe to be a major problem at the boardwalk, and when local officials won’t listen, they take it upon themselves to keep the people and the jellyfish safe. I think a lot of kids will like this one. It’s told in alternating perspectives by Josie and Stella as they relay their side of the story to Officer Sanford in an interrogation room. It’s a perfect mystery for middle grade readers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    An interesting eco mystery written in a really cool way. It's not all laid out at once, you discover more as you move along in the story. The format works well for the story being told. I loved the shore setting too. With that setting and the mystery aspect, I can see this being popular with some of the middle grade readers at my library.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leighellen Landskov

    Guest Review! I was asked by the publisher to provide an honest review of this book, so I thought what better way to review a YA book than from an actual teen? So my sons best friend offered to read this one. Here’s what she has to say: Saltwater Secrets follows the story of two sisters, Jose & Stella, who share the same father but have different mothers. They spend all year apart living with their Moms but get to spend every summer together when they get see their dad. Set during the Sumer of th Guest Review! I was asked by the publisher to provide an honest review of this book, so I thought what better way to review a YA book than from an actual teen? So my sons best friend offered to read this one. Here’s what she has to say: Saltwater Secrets follows the story of two sisters, Jose & Stella, who share the same father but have different mothers. They spend all year apart living with their Moms but get to spend every summer together when they get see their dad. Set during the Sumer of their 8th grad year, this book follows a year of change for the girls. Stella wants to start doing things the older kids do and is concerned about being cool and popular. Jose is still childlike and innocent. She wants things to stay how they always have been. “Sure Josie, nothing is gonna change. But like all perfect things it did.” This summer it seems like everything has changed. Through a dual narrative timeline, the book hops back and forth between each girls perspectives. They both feel the tension between them and how they are drifting apart. At the same time, their favorite spots are also changing. Their snow cone place is now a smoothie shop. The smoothie shop is now a popular hangout but Josie is reluctant to try something new. The smoothies are amazing but also healthy. No-one can figure out the secret recipe. But there are weird things happening at the beach. The pier is starting to shake. Some jellyfish are dying. Along the way they find out the smoothie shop is making the smoothie with an illegally imported berry from Australia and then dumping the runoff into the ocean. It’s runoff of the berry was breaking down the pier and making sea animals sick. It was a nice, easy read and a sweet story. We’ve all been at that point of trying to be popular or staying who we are and deciding who we want to be as we grow up. This book details the power of friendship as they had trials and tribulations but were able to overcome them. 3 stars - just OK. Entertaining but not earth shattering.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Reynolds

    *Thank you NetGalley and publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* This was definitely a fun read to start the summer. It's told an alternating perspectives of Josie and Stella, half-sisters who only get together during the summertime. The girls come upon a major problem at the boardwalk, and when local officials won’t listen, they take it upon themselves to keep the people and the jellyfish safe. You can definitely see both girl's very different personalities come out through thei *Thank you NetGalley and publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* This was definitely a fun read to start the summer. It's told an alternating perspectives of Josie and Stella, half-sisters who only get together during the summertime. The girls come upon a major problem at the boardwalk, and when local officials won’t listen, they take it upon themselves to keep the people and the jellyfish safe. You can definitely see both girl's very different personalities come out through their sides of the story, however they are so loyal to each other. I think this would be a fantastic eco-mystery for an upper middle grade reader and tweens! The end definitely sounded like there could be a sequel in the works. I'm looking forward to it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    This novel hits so many of my sweet spots: intriguing mystery, it takes place on the beach, and it’s YA. Young YA, but still YA. I love the alternating points of view and even the different timelines—these don’t always work well in novels, but the author has the writing chops to make it work. Very enjoyable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Hon

    This is one of my favorite books this season. It was a fun read and a lovely way to escape during self-isolation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Baylee

    3.5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina Marie Reads

    This book was such a perfectly fun summer middle grade mystery read! If you adored Just Add Magic, you'll love Saltwater Secrets!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Milburn

    I really like this book! I think middle school kids would enjoy reading this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    I won this book not having read this author or knowing her genre. It’s a fun quick tween read. SO fun!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Stella and Josie are half sisters who are about the same age. Stella lives in New York, and Josie lives in Australia. They see each other every summer when both visit their father who lives down the shore in New Jersey. Each summer, they have specific traditions: get water ice on the boardwalk, visit the Fun House, and find their secret hiding place under the Fun House where they store treasures from their summer together in a metal box. This summer is different from the start. Stella has starte Stella and Josie are half sisters who are about the same age. Stella lives in New York, and Josie lives in Australia. They see each other every summer when both visit their father who lives down the shore in New Jersey. Each summer, they have specific traditions: get water ice on the boardwalk, visit the Fun House, and find their secret hiding place under the Fun House where they store treasures from their summer together in a metal box. This summer is different from the start. Stella has started dressing and acting like she is already in high school, while Josie has not. The water ice place is gone, replaced by a smoothie place. Their treasure box has vanished. Then dead jellyfish start washing up on the beach in greater numbers than before, and Stella and Josie notice the boardwalk seems slightly less stable than the previous year. They snorkel under the boardwalk and notice that something seems to be eating away the pylons. They band together to solve this mystery, but then find themselves in the middle of a controversy and interrogated by the police. The mystery was intriguing, as was the sister’s relationship and how each was navigating the summer before high school. There are not an abundance of books that feature protagonists who are on the verge of starting high school, and I was grateful to see that this one does. Some readers may find the back-and-forth of the perspectives and timelines confusing. Some of the events are implausible and/or wrapped up too quickly. Other readers will enjoy the mystery and the ways in which each girl navigates growing up. I read an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Mulholland

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aileen (Allie) Barton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loann

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kenshee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

  23. 5 out of 5

    ElizzyLibrary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liv Worthen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina Qualls

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jean Millican

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.