by James Bow
Fathom Five is a 2007 Cybils nominee.
Fifteen-year-old Peter McAllister is an orphan. His parents were hit by a car when he was nine, and he lives with his uncle, who travels a lot. But Peter has a good friend in Rosemary, so he never really feels alone. Peter’s relationship with Rosemary is changing, though. Each is attracted to the other, but neither wants to admit it. Peter finally takes a chance and kisses Rosemary, but when she rejects him, their relationship becomes strained, and Peter feels like he’s lost his only friend.
When his old babysitter, Fiona, shows up out of the blue and tells him that he’s really a siren changeling, and that it’s time for him to come home, Peter eagerly accompanies her to the siren’s world. The lonely teen has finally found a place where he belongs. But Rosemary doesn’t believe Fiona, and sets off on a difficult journey to the siren world to find Peter and try to convince him to come home.
Fathom Five is an exciting book and a quick read. The teen relationship issues feel real, and the story is well-paced. This isn’t just a relationship book, however. There’s plenty of action, and a theme of belonging and finding your place in the world. I highly recommend this book for teens who like fast-paced fantasy with realistic teen characters dealing with coming of age issues.