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   Loch, by Paul Zindel  
  Novel, first publication in July 1994 , latest edition in July 2004
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    Sonar screens stalk the astonishing massive water creatures that have been sighted in a remote Vermont lake. Fifteen-year-old Loch Perkins is aboard the Revelation, a high-tech search yacht. When the first creature explodes from the deep. With deadly, frightening power, it almost devours his girlfriend, Sarah, the daughter of a wealthy publishing mogul. The expedition's photographer'hoping for a shot that will make his career'is not as lucky. . . . Suddenly, the hunters have become the hunted.

    In the days that follow, Loch plays a deadly game to save those he loves from the jaws of these prehistoric killing machines. At the same time, he tries to prevent the creatures from being destroyed by a man who will stop at nothing to be the first to obtain proff that one of the world's most enduring legends is based upon fact.

    Paul Zindel's Loch is an edge-of-the-chair, electrifying rite of passage with teeth.Recently, locals near a remote, deep Vermont lake reported sighting massive water creatures. Fifteen-year-old Loch is thrilled to find himself part of an expedition to prove that one of the century's most enduring legends could indeed be based upon astonishing fact. Then, suddenly trapped at the end of the lake by a wall of skiffs, trawlers, and a high-tech search yacht, one of the dagger-toothed beasts explodes from the deep with deadly, frightening power. Now, the hunters have become the hunted. In the hours that follow, Loch must use every ounce of his courage to rescue the ones he loves from the jaws of these prehistoric killing machines—and discover a way to prevent these mysteriously intelligent creatures from being exterminated.

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  • Prehistoric Man - Prehistory
  • Underwater living - Ocean worlds & cities
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