Hippie Chick by Joeseph Monninger(2008) is so much more than just a funky, catchy title-it may be the Julie of the Wolves for today.
Good Reads Synopsis:
15-year-old Lolly (short for Lollipop) Emmerson is a free-spirit, what others call; the hippie child of a hippie woman. Her favorite thing to do is sail her Boston Whaler in the Florida Keys. One night she runs into an underwater obstacle and the boat founders. After Lolly is knocked out and separated from the boat, she realizes that she's done for and accepts her own fate. That's when the manatees arrive.
Hippie Chick is the story of a girl who forges a bond with these amazing creatures that defies the facile explanations others try to impose. It is a story of survival and enlightenment.
Lolly was an easy character to love and admire. She's hippie with out being over the top or preachy. I especially enjoyed the debate she had with herself about how to stay vegan while foraging for food near a tropical inlet. She takes her cue from the beautiful manatees and dives under and eats the greens; like a giant underwater salad. Yum, Yum!
Random Quote: The Mugwump picked up speed and finally we began hissing through the water, the chop chucking us under the starboard side of the bow, the wind pushing at my hair. A tin cup rolled somewhere on the deck, and I puzzled for a second about what it could be. It didn't sound important, so I ignored it and looked over the bay. Harry Boyd's fishing boat, the Yoda, chugged along to the south, heading to port, and an enormous yacht, a forty-footer at least, forged ahead of me to the north. The yacht had its running lights going-red, prot; green, starboard-and I used its bow as a navigation point for a minute or two. (16-17)
Monninger's lastest book is Eternal on the Water and he's written several others-I plan to read more of his collection.
To purchase this book from an Independent bookstore, click on the cover below. Other reviews include Reading Junky, and the Peace Corps talks about Hippie Chick too! I've never had the opportunity to swim with the manatees or sail on a regular basis but I would eat greens from the bottom of the sea over bugs! Hippie Chick was a good fit for me. **fits the bill for library challenge**
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