Bio: Ann Herrick grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. Her books have received the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers Award, the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award and EPPIE Young Adult Finalist Award.
Ms. Herrick also has had many short stories published in magazines such as Listen, 'Teen, The Single Parent, Children's Digest and The Friend, as well as over 100 humorous greeting card ideas sold to companies such as Gibson, Hallmark and Oatmeal Studios, two fillers with her taglines to The New Yorker and a writing tip in Writer's Digest.
Ann now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound- rottweiller-beagle mix. While Ms. Herrick misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking and pulling weeds to relieve stress. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached through her web site.
At first Lariena is glad she has to spend the summer with her foot in a cast. It means she has a built-in excuse to stay out of the water at the beach. It's not the water that bothers her, but what might be below the surface. But then she meets Adrian. Lariena won't go in the water, and she can't understand why Adrian won't come out. Eventually Adrian teaches Lariena to face her fears and not be afraid of what's Beneath The Surface, even when it's the scary unknown.
Ellie is less than thrilled when she has to spend the summer in a camp full of boys. She quickly gets into a running feud with Shawn, and is determined to beat him out for the title of Camper of the Year--even to the point of cheating. But eventually she learns that friends can be found even where you least expect to find them, and that sometimes the best (and only) way to help someone is by being a friend.