In his dreams and imagination, Gabe Livingston is going to grow up and be something great—the next Jacques Cousteau, the next Steven Spielberg, the next somebody.  For now, though, he has enough trouble just figuring out how to be himself.  This computer-gaming, water-loving, movie-making boy is in a hurry to grow up, but has to navigate some pretty deep waters along the way.

Darby Creek Publishing
Ages 9 up
ISBN 978-1-58196-053-2
A Junior Library Guild Selection
West Virginia Children’s Book Award List

Buy the book:
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Underwater book club guide


“Watching Gabe Livingston learn to navigate the real world along with his beloved deep sea diving video game is priceless.  Levy’s character building and story telling skills are exceptional from page one.”
—Young Adult Books Central (YABooksCentral.com)

“With humor and compassion, Maryland author Debbie Levy explores the sixth grader’s challenging feelings about family, friends, and self.”
—Washington Parent


Monterey Bay Aquarium
Check out this site if you enjoy the undersea world and beautiful ocean life.  Navigate to the Kid’s Corner, where you’ll find interactive games about ocean creatures, plus a lot more.  The Teacher’s Place also has a lot of information and materials about ocean life.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
This website has excellent photos and videos of aquatic animals, plus stuff especially for students, like a Kids Club and fact sheets about ocean animals and other things— including instructions on how to set up an aquarium at home.

Ocean Explorer
This site is sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  It describes NOAA ocean explorations involving shipwrecks, geology, and underwater life.  Lots of details and pictures of ships, submersibles, diving equipment, sonar, and other equipment used in undersea expeditions.

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