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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5S4.533275
Award winner Rodman Philbrick's powerful middle-grade novel is a story of determination and survival--of a boy's exhilirating encounter with a fish that first nearly kills him but then saves his life.

This starkly dramatic yet poignant novel takes readers on an exciting journey with 12-year-old Skiff Beaman, a determined boy from a small Maine town. Skiff's mom died recently, and his fisherman dad won't get off the TV couch to do anything but get another beer, so these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself. When their boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy her a new engine. Skiff's lobster traps won't earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea--bluefin tuna. If he can catch one, he just might save the boat--and get his family back on its feet again.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on February 1, 2004 by Blue Sky Press
ISBN-10: 0439368294
ISBN-13: 9780439368292
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  • lol183
    lol183Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 8:16 am
    A 12 year old name Skiff Beaman, after him mom died, has to take care of his sunken boat without his depressed dad. Having to use all his strength to make money by fishing with a small leaky boat, comes across a problem with a rich bully. Will Skiff earn enough money for a new engine for his boat? I recommend this book for ages 7+.