Near Miss by Paul J. Mila



1. Dangerous Waters

2. Whales' Angels

3. Fireworks

4. Near Miss

5. Killer in Paradise

6. Fugitive In Paradise


Larry Loggerhead Travels to the Sea Turtle Hospital

Gracie Green Turtle
Finds Her Beach

Harry Hawksbill
Helps His Friends


Bubbles Up

Basic Underwater Photography


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  Harry Hawksbill
Cathy Church, award-winning underwater photographer, teacher, author
Review date: 8/15/2016

“This terrific little book has everything. The story is fantasy, but the underwater color photos showing the interaction of reef characters are real. The information about turtles is easy to understand, and the fish learn a great lesson about befriending those who are not always just like you. It even has easy, fun questions at the end to enhance the learning.”

David Flatley, Superintendent Carle Place Schools
Review date:9/20/2015

"Paul Mila invites us into a beautiful undersea adventure and introduces us to a rainbow of new friends. He combines accurate science and spectacular photographs with an important lesson about the value of diversity, giving readers many important insights! The balance of informational text with an important social message makes this a fine addition to any children s library.."
E. Jill Smith, Secretary, Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification Board
Review date:10/23/2016


"Need some help finding the perfect gift for the tiny person in your life this Christmas?  Here it is!  SO CUTE!

This is a beautiful little children's book by Paul Mila (and published by Best Publishing Company, featuring his own, colourful underwater photography from Cozumel. His story teaches the reader a little about the marine life (especially Harry the Hawksbill turtle), and weaves a sweet little tale about the importance of accepting friends' differences. I love the message the story sends to the reader in a fun way, but also that it inherently promotes a love and awe for the amazing world that exists beneath the waves.

One of my favourite parts, is a page of questions at the end of the story (answers are provided on the opposite page) - is there a better way to interact and have fun with a child while they learn? How much do they remember from the story? How much do YOU remember? Have fun with this together! Awesome!

I will enjoy reading this story and marvelling over the underwater images with my grandchildren; it's something that I have missed doing with my own babes for many years now. AND, your young reader can read to YOU! A great tool for the budding reader to stretch his/her literary muscles (rated a level 3 for young readers)!"