Dark Waters has been a popular book at the library lately, so my curiosity was piqued. I picked it up to see what was so appealing that all three copies of the 2003 book were checked out. I could quickly see it’s a good coming-of -age story with an unusual setting. Dark Waters is told from the point of view of Col McCann, a Scottish boy whose father and brother are petty thugs. Col loyally hopes to follow in their footsteps until one day fate challenges that legacy. Col sees another boy falling through the ice into the freezing loch. There’s no one else around, so it looks as if the boy will quickly drown in the icy water. But without thinking, Col risks his own life to save the boy. Why did he do something so out of character? How will it affect his family–especially his criminal brother? Can individuals overcome their family background if they want to? This is a quick and engrossing read, with a supernatural twist. Recommended for upper elementary students.
reviewed by Victoria