The Line Tender

The Line Tender

eBook - 2019
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9780735231627
0735231621
Characteristics: 1 online resource (371 pages) : illustrations
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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 15, 2019

It's not often that I read a book -- particularly realistic fiction -- that doesn't quite feel like anything else I've read, but that's how I felt reading this one. It's a great read for older kids who maybe aren't quite ready to make the leap into the teen section, but who are right on that line, and also for readers who really appreciate quiet, character-driven stories. I think this book is extraordinary -- it's about death and grieving, two themes that I absolutely tend not to gravitate towards in my reading, and yet I thought this was incredibly moving and gripping and all-consuming from the moment I opened the book. It's about the resilience of both humans and the animals in the world around us, and the way that we simply get on with things in the face of incredible loss, and how the people who surround us can help with that effort. It had a much heavier scientific bent than I was expecting, and yet the science is incorporated incredibly seamlessly with all the raw emotion, and I finished this book thinking both, "I want everyone I know to read this" and also, "How am I going to explain it?" It's not for all kids, to be sure (but then, what is?), but I think it might be the best middle grade book of the year so far.

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darladoodles
Apr 10, 2019

Shark! The capture of a Great White close to Rockport, Massachusetts sets the tone for this new middle grade book about Lucy and her quest to learn about her dead mother, a renowned biologist specializing in sharks. This book contains some really great shark facts as well as a good bit of tragedy. Love the little band of folks that Lucy accumulates as she sets a goal of continuing her mother's work. The shark illustrations throughout are top notch. Would recommend to older kids.

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