An entire summer in the open

Because the Bukowski siblings have saved a toddler from drowning at the indoor pool, they are famous for a few days. But the entrance card for the outdoor pool, which they receive as a reward for their heroic deed, is far better than the glory: free entry throughout a long summer that will turn out special for everyone!

Alf is ten, his thoughts revolve around the change of school after the holidays, the beautiful daughter of the lifeguard and his self-imposed goal: the jump from the ten-meter board. His 8-year-old sister Katinka, snotty and unflappable, raves about Paris, learns French and practices doing the crawl for no less than 20 lanes in a row. Robbie, the youngest and the family’s darling, is different than other children, he barely talks and dreams a lot. Alf and Katinka think that he ought to learn to swim properly at last.

Will Gmehling very gently and humorously narrates how the summer at the swimming pool makes the Bukowski children grow as they boldly push themselves to their limits and even surpass themselves—not only inside the pool. And his story is invariably pervaded by this exhilarating scent of water on hot flagstones, chlorine and chips with mayonnaise …

by Will Gmehling


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Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 160 pp | 2019 | 10+

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[original title: Freibad]