My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jo’s dad has a pretty awesome job. He works for Off & Away Message in a Bottle Delivery, making sure that every bottle gets to the right home. When he comes down with an awful cold, Jo is left with the mighty big task of filling her dad’s shoes. But how will she do it when she is afraid of what awaits her beyond the shore? What will it take to help her rise above her fears?
I always admire the work of those who are both author and illustrator. What a talent Cale Atkinson has to bring his stories to life the way that he does with such vividly colorful illustrations that make the reader feel like they are a part of the experience. I was right there with Jo as she braved the dangers that lurked in the sea. And I was there when she overcame them as well. Jo didn’t let anything stop her and it made me feel as though I could conquer the world too.
I already ordered Off & Away for my K-5 library and I can’t wait to set sail on this adventure with my students.
Cale Atkinson | http://www.cale.ca/
Disney Hyperion | https://books.disney.com/