Picks and Pans Review: The Girl from the Sea of Cortez

updated 12/27/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/27/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Peter Benchley

An innocent girl in a primitive fishing village goes flying on the back of a friendly manta ray in a novel that fails as fable, fairy tale and adventure yarn; where are those voracious great white sharks when you need them?

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