Wave Riders (Hardcover)
The sea almost killed them, and now it must lead them to the truth in this standalone middle-grade eco-mystery about twins lost on the high seas from the author of the bestselling novel The White Giraffe.
Twelve-year-old Jess and Jude live a dream life on a battered old yacht, sailing from one exotic destination to the next with their guardian. But when he vanishes one night after an argument with a stranger, the twins are left alone, facing an incoming storm and an unknown enemy.
Surviving at sea is just the start of an adventure that will take them an ocean away to the former home of their missing parents and pit them against one of the world’s most powerful men. How far do they dare go, and what will they risk, to find the truth about who they are really are?
Wave Riders from Lauren St John is an exciting and compelling middle-grade tale of sailing, family, and identity.
About the Author
Lauren St John is the author of the Wolfe & Lamb Mystery series. She grew up on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe surrounded by horses, cats, dogs, warthogs and a pet giraffe. After a decade as a sports and music journalist, she wrote the bestselling White Giraffe, Laura Marlin Mystery and One Dollar Horse series. A passionate conservationist, Lauren is a patron for the Born Free Foundation and Mane Chance Animal Sanctuary and the founder of authors4oceans.org. When not writing or saving leopards and dolphins, she is a full-time valet to her Bengal cat, Max.
“Loved this absolute page turner. Classic adventure story with a strong environmental message and all the right animals.” —Hilary McKay, author of The Time of Green Magic
“The plot twists, tension, and intrigue of this well-plotted, well-written adventure story will keep readers on the edges of their seats . . . A thrilling, thumping good read.” —Kirkus Reviews
“From the first suggestion of foul play, St John creates a strong undercurrent of menace that heightens the drama throughout the novel as the children struggle through perilous situations and make new allies along the way. From the sympathetic depiction of the twins to their dangerous deeds on land and at sea, here’s a page-turner for adventure and mystery fans.” —Booklist