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A story of determination and survival from the acclaimed author of FREAK THE MIGHTY. "This thrilling and elegant book ... will hold the interest of even the most stalwart landlubber." -- PW

Twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman's mom just died, and his fisherman dad is too depressed to drag himself off the couch and go to work. So these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself.

But when his dad's boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy 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 of those monster fish, Skiff just might save the boat -- and his family.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published on May 1, 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks
ISBN-10: 0439368308
ISBN-13: 9780439368308
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  • joshua54321
    joshua54321Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2:50 pm44 stars
    I made a connection of this book because Skiff had a fish before and once at my friend's party he offered fish as a pet for all of us. A summary of this book is about a young twelve year old boy by the name of Skiff Beamen. Skiff is a lonely boy in his own world. Nobody seems to understand where he comes from. Ever since Skiff's mom died in an unknown accident, his dad never took part in his life. I rate this book a four star because it was sad that his parents never took part of his life, but he found a way to enjoy life.
    • readingbooks04
      readingbooks04Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8:19 am55 stars
      Samuel is 12 years old and dose everything him self.Ever since his mom died all his dad dose is sit on the living room couch and drink.His dads boat sunk and he wants to lift it.He has to ask the guy who built it how to.Once his rises it he has to make sure that everything is okay.Unfortunately a lot of the things were damaged.The floor boards,and the engine.He fixed the floor boards for nothing at all.But the engine is a pretty penny.He tried catching lobster with the traps to raise the money.It worked but after a while,he realized his bully started to cut his traps.After that he started to give up on them.He started out one morning to catch tuna he waited for ever but then...he saw one he grabbed the harpoon an started to throw it .It did not work.But then he finally hit one.The harpoon did not have the barb.but then the line started to move.He had a fish.