‘Drifters: Tales of the Southern Cross’ by Tory Gates

Life is not easy for 16-year-old Kahori Aizawa, and her siblings. Adverse circumstances have found Kahori, her older brother Kenta and little sister Kiku living in a hardscrabble home in a fishing village on the Japanese coast.

Kahori is struggling with being the plain middle child, sandwiched by a dashing, talented brother and smart sister. She’s also dealing with issues from her past, and an absent father.

The only saving grace is the Drifter’s Club, which Kahori leads and includes Kiku’s BFF Mariko, and Kahori’s one close friend, the bookish, withdrawn Yoko. When Zhac, an expat sailor and his androgynous partner Ariel offer them a chance to sail for the summer on their boat the “Southern Cross,” they jump at the chance, and into a whole new world.

The Drifters travel through time, battle Conquistadors and modern-day pirates, discover a shipwreck lost to history, and battle for their lives around the treacherous Cape Horn. Along the way, each member of the club realizes what it means to come together as a team. Kahori, especially realizes she must come to terms with her past.

Through adventure and danger, the Drifters discover that the problems they left at home are nothing compared to what they must do to survive. Life’s adventure is just beginning…

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