McKinnon, Hannah Roberts. The Properties of Water. 163 pgs. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010 $16.99. G-language, sexual content, violence. Lace Martin is 13 years old and has just finished the 8th grade. She’s looking forward to spending the summer swimming at the family lake when her sister is involved in a terrible water accident. She spends the summer grieving the life her sister used to have and coming to grips with the new life her sister is forced to take on. This book was a touching coming of age story and did a great job of showing how families can endure tragedies and hardship and still thrive. MS, HS - OPTIONAL. Shauna, Reading teacher.