Cover of: Sink or swim | Betty Miles

Sink or swim

Published by A.A. Knopf in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Eleven-year-old B.J. Johnson enters a whole new world when he leaves the inner city of New York to spend two weeks of his summer vacation with a New Hampshire family as part of a Fresh Air program. The new experiences of being surrounded by nature, animals and white people for the first time form the story line. Through B.J.'s words and thoughts, told in black English, Miles portrays his emergence from his initial timidity and fright to his blossoming into a confident, self-assured young man. Progressing from a non-swimmer to a competent one parallels his overall development during his visit. Miles steers clear of any racial conflicts which could arise in this setting, and B.J. and his young friends come off as a bit too perfect in regard to the behavior and politeness expected from kids of their age. Still, the plot will hold children's interest, and the depiction of everyday life in a rural community will be of special interest to city children who have little chance for first-hand experience in this environment.

About the Edition

An eleven-year-old boy from New York City goes to New Hampshire on a Fresh Air program for two weeks and has many new experiences in a small country town.

Edition Notes



Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PZ7.M594 Si 1986

The Physical Object

200 p. ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
0394855159, 0394955153
LC Control Number
Library Thing

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