Its the 1960s, and theres three major battles going on, or so it seems: NASA is in a race for the moon; The Beach Boys are trying to top the charts; and "the Boat Kid" —as others call him—is busy battling the perils of the water, navigating relationships, and dealing with life in general.The settings for these short and personal stories are the remote islands of the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, school, and other places he and his friends find themselves. In "The Photograph," what is the deeper meaning behind an old, worn-out photo he comes across? Also theres close encounters in "Eye of the Shark," "Silver Overboard"—and many more. Each is a true story, with a "Lifes Lessons Learned" reflection on what was gained. Includes side-stories that explain details of the stories such as: "A Tale of Two Compasses," "Radio City," and others. Because life isnt all that simple, even when youre a kid. Chances are, youre always struggling with something. Facing up to the worst of fears, through both disappointments and triumphs, values such as teamwork, trust, and friendship stand tall in the end. Youll surely enjoy reading the predicaments he finds himself in—both serious and humorous—in these narrated and personal short stories. Yes, life does have its little moments of victory—will you recognize them when they land in your lap? Illustrated. You will find this book to be safe for all ages; no vulgarity, language, or the like. Especially ideal for ages 10-13.