Skip Navigation

Linda Sue Park: "Gracie Under the Waves"

Gracie Under the Waves is an empowering story from #1 New York Times bestseller and Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park starring a young snorkeling enthusiast who draws inspiration for fighting climate change from interacting with her pesty little brother.

Snorkeling is the best! Gracie loves floating above underwater reefs, watching colorful fish dart in and out of the coral. She convinces her parents to let her plan a family vacation to Roatán, Honduras, where they can snorkel together. She even makes a new friend there. Now, if only her irritating little brother would leave her alone, everything would be perfect.

Things come to a screeching halt when Gracie hurts her leg, and all her carefully made plans start to come apart. Worse still, she learns the reef itself is in serious danger. Gracie wants to help the reef . . . but she’s just a kid. How can she possibly make a difference?

Inspired by her own experience, Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park tells the engaging tale of a young girl learning how to impact a cause she cares about while navigating the ups and downs of sibling relationships and turning disappointment into opportunity.

Join us to kick off Read to Reef!  Baltimore-area students in fifth grade or younger with a Pratt Library card can earn free admission to the Aquarium by joining the Read to Reef Book Club, a reading program in partnership with the National Aquarium.

About the Author:

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent title is The One Thing You’d Save, a collection of linked poems.  Linda Sue is the founder and curator of Allida Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. She serves on the advisory boards of We Need Diverse Books and the Rabbit hOle museum project, and created the kiBooka website,, to highlight children’s books created by the Korean diaspora. Visit her website at

About the Program:

  • To attend in person please register here
  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 3 pm. 
  • All registered in person attendees will receive a free copy of the book while supplies last. 
  • Free street parking is available along the side of the building.

Tuesday, October 1 at 4:00pm

Reisterstown Road
6310 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, National Aquarium

Age Group

Kids, whole family, Ages 6-8, Ages 9-11

Compass Category

Programs For Families

Compass Sections

Writers LIVE (including Best & Next Series), System-Wide Flagship Programs

Event Publisher

Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

Digital Signage



tickets required

Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.