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Wave Watch

TitleWave Watch
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsChoyce, Lesley
CityHalifax, N.S
DescriptorsEnglish Language; Families; Friendship; Halifax; Nova Scotia; Novel; Politics; Realism; Sport; Young Adult

This young adult novel is about Randy, who lives on the outskirts of Halifax and loves to surf at Lawrencetown Beach. Some townies invade the beach, making a huge mess, and leading to many complaints from local residents. Randy finds himself falling in love with Cathy, the girlfriend of one of the townies who come to the beach. The Nova Scotia Parks Comission's plan for the beach does not consider the surfer's concerns. Randy struggles to deal with the changes in his favourite surfing area and the tension with his new friends and his family. The book includes a glossary of surfing terms. Author Lesley Choyce lives in Nova Scotia, where this book was published.


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Randy is an avid surfer, who spends most of his time surfing at Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia. Problems arise when Nova Scotia Parks Commission decides to restructure the beach, and a group of Halifax teenagers, led by a boy named Brian, wreak havoc in the quiet town by bothering the local residents and leaving the beach in disarray. Randy tries to reach out to Brian and his friends by offering to teach the teens about surfing, but they are not as enthusiastic about the sport as Randy. To make matters worse, Randy falls in love with Brian’s girlfriend, Cathy. Wave Watch is a young adult, realist fiction novel.