By Laurel McHargue. Paperback. Fiction - Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Colorado Author. Book 1 of the Waterwight Series. In a post-cataclysmic world threatened by stinking ooze, a brave girl searches for her missing parents with the help of talking animals and evolving powers. When a mountain spirit challenges her to save the planet, she and a flying frog must overcome a magical, malicious castle of sand and a shapeshifter who wants her dead.