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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Secret in the Sea by Amanda Miles is set against the backdrop of the sea and revolves around Hannah, who plays the violin. Hannah likes to go to the bay and sit on the most comfortable rock, dangling her feet. She loves sitting there as she finds the sea magical. Playing the violin is another thing Hannah enjoys doing. She knows her violin is reliable and it will never upset her as her parents’ divorce did. Something magical happens one day when Hannah goes to the bay and plays her violin. She tells her friend, Jess, about it and hopes Jess will keep the secret. What is the secret Hannah wants Jess to know and not share with anyone else? The book is about Hannah, her violin, the sea, and the dolphins, and conveys an excellent message to readers.
The story is beautiful and readers will feel the characters and the scenes come alive as the story progresses. The detailed descriptions and narration make the scenes vivid to readers so that they are able to connect easily with Hannah and her surroundings. Hannah’s character is real, relatable, adorable, and memorable. Her role in stalling the building project shows readers that the story has a good message for them. The story is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and it is a lovely book for bedtime story-telling. The book gives hope to readers that they all can help to make changes in their lives and the world, like Hannah has done in this story.