Dolphin Smoote is the leader of the "Surf Dawgs," a group of young, ultra-cool Southern California surfers who observe the True Surfers' Code. The code, which dates from the heyday of sixties surf culture, dictates that whether they are riding waves, chasing girls, or facing other challenges, they have to be both "casual" and "radical." Dolphin is smitten with the new girl from out of town and longs to impress her, but acquiring a job would interfere with his casual, radical lifestyle. When his crime-writing aunt Clementine leaves him her beach home for the summer-an unusual old house designed to ward off ghosts-Dolphin sees the perfect solution to his problems. But his real problems are just beginning, as he and the Dawgs find themselves facing ghosts, a rival surf gang, and a high-tech crime mystery that even Aunt Clemmie would be proud of.
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"Author John Jacobson examines the Southern California surfing culture of the 1960s in this story of Dolphin Smoote, the leader of a surf troupe known as the Surf Dawgs, whose highest aim in life is to avoid being employed. When Dolphin's rich aunt goes away for the summer, Dolphin seizes the opportunity to rent out her beach-front home. Narrator Grover Gardner seems too disconnected from the story. He simply doesn't become involved enough to fully realize the quirky characters who spring up or to depict the agony of Dolphin's desperate romance. Most importantly, Gardner fails to capture the surfer dude tone--instead he sticks with a grating voice that distracts the listener from start to finish. L.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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