Sense of the things happening in world are infinitely relatable Although main events of the story
Are And Horrific Allen devastating and horrific Allen to a light touch infusing the book with wonder and hope alongside the sorrow The story unfolds deliberately not a breakneck read but also hard to put down in a way that reminded me of a Rebecca Stead novel If you love the ind of heartfelt thoughtful middle grade stories that balance heartbreak and hope Student Research Projects in Calculus keep an eye out for this one next springDo be aware that this is definitely upper middle grade suitable for 10 there s a little bit of language as well as some preteen drinking Heartbreakingly achingly gorgeously sad Also heartwarming and beautiful and excellently crafted what an absolute gift of a book All the superlatives I sobbed and finished it in one afternoon My grief for her was like a circle I always came around to missing her again The Line Tender resonated deeply with me right from the start The first time I saw the cover and read the book I somehownew exactly what I was in for Not plotwise simply the overall feeling It s a sorrowful and hopeful uiet and ultimately tender storyAt the centre of the story is Lucy who loves her dad and misses her mum a marine biologist with a passion for sharks Her best friend Fred is the coolest guy on earth There is a moment when Lucy gets her first period so she runs across the street to Fred s house because he s got two older sisters and a mother that could help her out But Fred is home alone so he matter of factly hands her something against period pain and stays cool in a situation that would easily freak out any other boy that age and many adult men as well Anyway Lucy and Fred work on a project for school a field guide where they document all the living things they find around town especially on the beach Lucy is the artist she studies the creature and draws it while Fred is responsible for the research he adds all the necessary information And when a shark turns up at the coast Lucy s adventure is just beginningWhat struck me the most is that this book sends such a simple message without having to spell it out be ind Maybe that s just what I personally take away from it but it s there There is not a single person in this book that is unkind Even though there is grief and loss even though people make small and big mistakes every word and gesture carries indness This sounds like utopia but it was exactly the right tone for the story People simply cared for one another and it filled my heart with warm. Tts preparing to swim with a Great White when she died suddenly Lucy was eight Since then Lucy and her father have done OK thanks in large part to her best friend Fred and a few close friends and neighbors But June of her twelfth summer brings 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 .
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Recommend It Kidsit for Love for Imperfect Things kids 10 because it does get uite complex at times but Inow that they will love Lucy her friends and family just as much as I did Not only does it feature a myriad of role models like female scientists and artists it s also a touching story about friendship and loss Further it talks about anxiety and how it s okay to not always be okay AND you learn so many cool things about sharks I immediately wanted to watch shark documentaries and learn even about themThis book can t get any better but I still have to mention Xingye Jin who did the cover art and the illustrations inside the book I ve only read an eGalley of the book which wasn t ideal when it came to the shark drawings but they were breathtaking Many thanks to Penguin RANDOM HOUSE INTERNATIONAL FOR PROVIDING ME WITH AN EGALLEY House International for providing me with an eGalley exchange for an honest review Find of my books on Instagram There s this song from the musical of Matilda that A Heart of Stone keeps going through my head when I read The Line Tender Have you ever had a song get caught in your head because of an ironic connection I m sitting here contemplating Kate Allen s uiet thoughtful contemplative novel and then the lyrics from the song Loud appear in my brain They say The less you have to sell the harder you sell it The less you have to say the louder you yell it The dumber the act the bigger the confession The less you have to show the louder you dress it If you re unfamiliar with the show that s the awful mother s reasoning behind choosing pizzazz over brains A lot of things sold toids are easily slotted into the pizzazz category and that s not a bad thing I love the loud and the flashy just as much as a 10 year old might That said I also n Synopsis Lucy loses her marine biologist mom when she s young The summer she s 12 her best friend who happens to be a boy dies Which is pretty predictable And then there s sharks PLENTY OF SPOILERS AHEADThere was a lot that just didn t mesh up in this book for me First off the time period is very hazy At first I thought it was modern da A moving book about Lucy Everheart and her father Lucy s mother died when she was seven What remains is her marine biologist mother s love of the ocean and all things shark As Lucy prepares for a long lazy summer hanging out with her friend Fred things begin to take a new turn when a great white shark is caught in the bay There are drawings here that are nicely done and a story that just swept me away with all of its heartache and healin. ??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 uartet 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. .
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a new unlike any I ve read so far but in this case it s absolutely true Kids are crazy about sharks I m crazy about sharks So when this galley landed on my desk with it s stunning shark filled cover and even shark illustrations within I was already in But then the story and the characters took over and I couldn t help but fall in love with all of them the heartbreaking Lucy who you just want to wrap up in a hug and tell that everything s going to be okay Fred who has an unuenchable thirst to now everything about the world and how it works Mr Patterson on his porch with his police scanner and doling out words of wisdom at just the right moments and even Sookie the rough edged fisherman who is really just a softie deep down It s a book about loss and how we cope with it as individuals and as a community and how we are each important parts of our own local ecosystems I loved this book and it s very early but it s going on my list fors a new
Newbery consideration for 2020 Well done Ms Allen I can t wait to see whatconsideration for 2020 Well done Ms Allen I can t wait to see what write next Review from galley First of all a confession I tend to run the other way with tender poignant and grief in books for any age especially if they are or less contemporary That said I d heard such praise for this title that I Language and Linguistics knew I had to read it And having done so I completely understand the enthusiasm while also having to say it still wasn t for me The book is uiet reflective introspective full of small moments and long long long I realize that when I do fall for this sort of book I tend to appreciate tighter and shorter a good example being Kevin Henkes Sweeping the Heart also out this year Both authors are exploring grief both books are melancholy but while this one feels just too much for me mind you Henkes feels just right So there you are This book is not for me I do not feelconnect at all for the main character Read up to 40% of the ebook DNF at page 23 because the writing is abysmal Sometimes you read about a book and it is so precisely yourind of book that you now without even reading it you ll love it Such was the case with THE LINE TENDER a debut middle grade coming from Dutton next spring This book combines so many of my favorite things a small seaside town ocean life grizzled fishermen sweet preteen friendships coming of age and griefKate Allen writes in a sparsely lyrical straightforward voice Lucy s discomfort in her own new feeling body her frustrated attempts to make. 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 sharksWherever 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 Massachuse. ,