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The Line Tender

The Line Tender (Hardback)

By Allen, Kate

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Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier --

ISBN 9780735231603
Barcode 9780735231603
Published 16 April 2019 by Dutton Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780735231603
ISBN-10 0735231605
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Dutton Books
Imprint Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Allen, Kate
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 34mm
Weight 494g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress Bereavement - Juvenile fiction, Friendship, Grief, Loss (Psychology), Sharks
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 969180

Description of this Book

Heartbreaking but also filled with wit and hope, The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research her late mother began. She must follow the sharks. Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. In fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, preparing to swim with a great white, when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Since then Lucy and her father have done okay--thanks in large part to her best friend, Fred, and a few close friends and neighbors. But June of her twelfth summer brings more than the end of school and a heat wave to sleepy Rockport. On one steamy day, the tide brings a great white--and then another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was meaningful but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother's unfinished research. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet follow the sharks her mother loved, she'll finally be able to look beyond what she's lost and toward what's left to be discovered. Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and the people willing to seek meaning and connection within it.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In following the adaptation of sharks to a shifting ecology, The Line Tender speaks to our own human capacity to adapt to loss--and Lucy's losses are profound. This is a novel that stirs our deepest hope that we can survive profound change, that we can even move into new channels that will support us and nourish us and point us toward what we had never anticipated. This is a celebration of our ability to survive. --Gary Schmidt, Newbery and Printz Honoree and National Book Award Finalist Lucy's mother once swam with sharks. Now Lucy's own healing is profoundly tied to these most feared creatures of the deep. Her journey of recovery, conveyed by Kate Allen in this lovely debut novel, is as captivating as the beauty and wonder of the natural world Lucy discovers over one eventful summer. This richly textured story calls us to our most pressing business on earth: to understand and respect the stunningly complex creatures around us before they disappear forever. --Margi Preus, author of Heart of a Samurai, a Newbery Honor book Holy fish, this is a graceful, honest, special book. The Line Tender is a story of resilience. It's about how unbelievably strong and resourceful kids can be. About the real magic in the world--the magic of science, the magic of survival, and the magic of love. --Laurel Snyder, author of Orphan Island
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Kate Allen grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her family. The Line Tender is her first novel.

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