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And Delta Legend, by Kelan O'Connell, is set not far from my old stomping grounds in the East Bay and West Sacramento area (I lived in Broderick for 9 years)! Suitable for ages 13+.
"When 16-year-old Oakland teenager, Calvin Pierce, makes a bad decision and winds up getting arrested, his mother is quick to take action. Determined not to lose a second son to the drug and gang violence of the inner city, she sends Calvin to spend the summer working for his great uncle in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
"Stuck in the predominately white region of agriculture and recreational boating, Calvin’s a fish out of water with a chip on his shoulder. But when severed body parts are discovered floating in a slough, his summer of proving himself takes on new meaning. Something deadly is lurking in the deep murky waterways of the Delta. Now the daunting task of containing the living incarnation of a mythical creature falls to Calvin and his ragtag posse of oddball characters."