NEW (The Line Tender) by Kate Allen

I couldn t figure out when the dang book took place There are no cell phones but people don t really seem to use much outdated technology at first The price of candy seemed Glow Guide: Yoga: Simple Steps for Health and Well-Being low and VHS tapes were prevalent but that didn t really explain anything to me Clearly Allen was setting the story in a pre internet and cell phones era but when It was only when we discover that Lucy s mother died in 1991 that you realize that this is a historical tale of theate 90s After that I was good to goSomehow or other Ms Allen has the fortitude to withstand invoking the movie Jaws for a good 311 pages For a book about great white sharks moving into areas where there are potentially swimming people this feels Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945 like an act of resistance Now I ve mentioned that the book isn t going to break any speed records but aot of that may be because at its heart this is a book that cares deeply about science nature and the natural world This is a book for those kids that could patiently track data sketch in silence or exist in the outdoors for great Djevojka bez mature lengths of time It s a book about family the one you have and the one you choose It s also about grief and time and the different ways that weearn to cope Do I wish the beginning cut through the treacle and got to the point of the book faster Maybe a Night Music little I don t know that my ten year old self would have had the patience to keep with it But if she had if she d stuck it through I think she would have found aot to Zecca: The Mint of Venice in the Middle Ages love and enjoy A book where science can be a balm For ages 10 and up Synopsis Lucyoses 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 Irreverent Photo Tools for Digital Photographers 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 day and it s 100 pages in before we realize that it s all taking place in the mid 90s There s this weird this is what a real womanooks Red Metal like conversation between Lucy and a friend that comes out of nowhere seriously they re just in a comic book storeooking at comics and the friend tells Lucy Real women don t Saphyre lookike that Which first off I ve always had issue with the REAL women discussion We re all REAL Anyway The Day the Crayons Quit later on it s shown that this friend has kind of been an older sister figure to Lucy so this conversation makes sense but we don t have that info at the time of the convo at all and it feels very random Then there are callbacks to it throughout the book again even though it didn t seem very important orike the characters were dealing with some deep seated issues there Of course the big crux of the story was obviously going to be Fred dying Saw it coming from page 1 But it was a weird situation and I didn t get how it happened He jumped into the uarry came back up was fine and thengot trapped by a tree How did that happen And I also saw that they were going to end up together if he hadn t died except Lucy didn t So she s spending all this time trying to figure out what s happening and were they going to be than just friends and I m ike um duh girl Everyone knew that was going to happen "Pretty dang obvious there Let s get back to the story Which isyou somehow need to "dang obvious there Let s get back to the story Which isyou somehow need to your mom s old study because of closure or something And everyone is treating the study as though it s this huge mystery to be solved whencouldn t you just READ it to figure out what she was proposing And then talk to the ocal other marine biologists to see if they d heard of it because um they probably did and huh turns out that they ve actually been working with it for years and it truly isn t a mystery and you took half the book to find out what they d known all alongAnd you re weirdly terrified of sharks even though your mom obviously taught you plenty about how noble and magnificent they are and your mom didn t even die from being eaten by a shark so where d this fear come fromMy copy was an ARC and maybe some of these concerns will be fixed in the final edition but here goes Some of the writing felt very disjointed ike the writing didn t match up with what the author was intending to have happen or describe There s a scene where Lucy s having a conversation with Fred s mom everything seems perfectly normal and then suddenly Lucy s sobbing Then the writing makes it seem ike everything s back to normal And then she s crying Like the words and descriptions on the page didn t convey the entire scene the way it was playing out in the author s head I understand that grief manifests differently from person to person but this wasn t a grief thing It was a writing thing Also another scene she s Shadow Work: A New Guide to Spiritual and Psychological Growth looking for her dad who hollers that he s down in the basement She goes down into the basement And he s startled to see her there Aot of really bizarre similes it made a noise Metabolic Repair Manual like a tub of Vaseline falling into the toilet the way strangers hang around uselessike when someone has had a seizure in a grocery store The smell was pungent Law and Society: A Sociological Approach like opening a fridge that contained a rotting animal Very descriptive but these are coming from our 12 year old narrator How many 12 year olds have seen multiple people have seizures in a grocery store Or opened fridges with rotting animals insideIt had a very sweet ending but the whole rest of the book just felt very awkward to me A moving book about Lucy Everheart and her father Lucy s mother died when she was seven What remains is her marine biologist mother sove of the ocean and all things shark As Lucy prepares for a Just an Illusion - Side A longazy summer hanging out with her friend Fred things begin to take a new turn when a great white shark

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caught in bay There are drawings here that are nicely done and a story that just swept me away with all of its heartache and healing. ??meaningful” but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant To survive the fresh wave of grief Lucy must grab the Cybersecurity: Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attack and Cyber Warfare (Zones of Religion) 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 motheroved she’ll finally be able to ook beyond what she’s ost and toward what’s eft to be discovered. ,
Reasoning behind choosing pizzazz over brains A ot of things sold to kids are easily slotted into the pizzazz category and that s not a bad thing I ove the oud and the flashy just as much as a 10 year old might That said I also know that there s a time and a place for oud and flashy The Craving literature and there s a time and place for intelligent subdued writing Not every middle grade novel out there has to have big set pieces violent encounters a roaring climax and a celebratory conclusion There are books for kids that dare to be thoughtful than pulse pounding And if chosen freely by a child they can unlock something inside Something that means to the person reading than anyone else The Line Tender carries this promise in its pages It s the right book for the right readerWhen Lucy s mom died she was just seven years old Aot of time has passed since then and the girl has grown up in the sleepy tourist town of Rockport Mass In the summer Lucy and her best friend Fred spend their days working on their extra credit field guide When a The Murder Exchange large shark is captured close to the shore Lucy thinks of her mother s work as a marine biologist and shark expert But why are the sharks moving so close to humans these days If there s an answer to that mystery Lucy s not seeing it She d rather enjoy the summer and her time with Fred Yet when tragedy hits Lucy a second time she finds solace not just in the field guide but in her mother s old work By hook or by crook Lucy will see to it that her mother s plans are noteft undone And along the way she might just be able to help the three men in her Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove life move on from grief in their own ways as well I ve mentioned it before but it bears repeating that this isn t a book that moves at a rapid clip Recently I finished reading Eugene Yelchin s Spyrunner which was so fast paced I couldn t help but feel that if it physically touched a copy of The Line Tender the two books would explode upon contact As I read this book I tried to figure out what it might be about A dead shark No wait a missing dead shark Must be a dead shark mystery novel Wait what s that They figured out it dropped into the sea Huh Okay not a mystery It wasn t until the big reveal on page 109 that all the pieces fell into place Once that happened I felt aittle relaxed It helped that I got keen on Allen s turns of phrase Lines The Million Dollar Goal like I walked across the creaky floors toook out the window In the Securing Caite light of the streetlamp theeaves were bending upside down Trudy like it was going to rain Or There were three things on my mind tangled upike necklaces in a jewelry box Or Goose bumps covered my back ike a cape Here s a good one Fred s backpack sat ike a peeled banana on the step And her science teacher s bad drawings The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss lookedike preschool illustrations that someone had poked a hole in and deflated Sometimes it did feel ike Ms Allen was pushing things ike when she named her main character Lucy Everhart a tiny bit on the nose with that one don t you think But for the most part it was a relief to encounter an author unafraid to use her words Is it wrong that I d hesitate to call this book funny grief s a helluva buzz kill Because while it s no chucklefest there are real moments of humor Take for example the moment when Lucy spots her father naked in the side yard pulling on his wetsuit Not a page ater her neighbor Mr Patterson says Hello Lucy Your father has a hairy keister Yes he does I don t ike Prisoner of Midnight looking at it No sir End of chapter What s interesting about some of the book sighter moments is that I wouldn t say they BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. lighten the grief any There sots of sadness here but interestingly enough it didn t feel depressing to me Maybe that s the advantage of having a pro active protagonist Lucy thinks and uestions and acts At one point she hears the advice that her mom used to give Don t resist pain It s meant to say that you shouldn t repress your feelings but Lucy hits the nail on the head when she responds I ve been feeling pain all summer Now what The answer is yelled from the formerly sleeping Mr Patterson Adapt Adjust Chew on that one a while kids Clocking it at an impressive 350 pages The Line Tender Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor looks impressive Weighty Like it s making a pass at becoming the Moby Dick of middle grade However even a cursory glance will show you two things First much of the book is broken into exceedingly small chapters Second between aot of those chapters are two page spreads of sharks drawn in graphite As you read the book you realize that these are meant to be Lucy s art The sophistication almost makes this unbelievable but there s just enough sketch to them to not completely go off the rails Though credited nowhere on the cover or title page this art is the work of artist Xingye Jin of Suzhou China Remember when I said the book wasn t depressing in spite of its content I think the art and the chapter Mr. Jelly's Business lengths do aot to keep a person from dwelling in grief It s natural to consider and contemplate grief but dwelling on it particularly in a book for young readers runs the risk of drowning your narrative in sorrow There is a uote at the beginning of the book FROM RACHEL CARSON THAT WAS EXPERTLY CHOSEN IT READS Rachel Carson that was expertly chosen It reads who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, long asife asts There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter Turn the page and you see the first sketched shark of the book And with every shark you encounter on these pages there is a comfort to them A repeated refrain of nature to get the reader throughNo kid "Is Going To Obsess Like An Adult Reader Over Little "going to obsess ike an adult reader over Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines littleike time and place but for a while there I may have had some difficulty immediately soaking in Allen s words because. 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 arge 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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Having been a children s ibrarian for over 20 years it s very rare for me to say that there s a new book 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 THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy 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 inove 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 know 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 oss and how we cope with it as individuals and as a community and how we are each important parts of our own ocal ecosystems I River Bodies (Northampton County, loved this book and it s very early but it s going on myist for Newbery consideration for 2020 Well done Ms Allen I can t wait to see what you 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 Dept. of Reproductive Management less contemporary That said I d heard such praise for this title that I 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 andong Beneath This Ink longong 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 your kind of book that you know without even reading it you The Psychology of Work llove 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 ife grizzled fishermen 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 ike 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 somehow knew 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 oves 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 could help her out But Fred is HOME ALONE SO HE MATTER alone so he matter of 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 iving 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 kind 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 Laiden's Daughter loss even though people make small and big mistakes every word and gesture carries kindness This soundsike utopia but it was exactly the right tone for the story People simply cared for one another and it filled my heart with warmthThis is such a great book for children and parents alike I would recommend it for kids age 10 because it does get uite complex at times but I know that they will How To Pass The New Police Selection System love Lucy her friends and family just as much as I did Not only does it feature a myriad of role modelsike female scientists and artists it s also a touching story about friendship and oss Further it talks about anxiety and how it s okay to not always be okay AND you earn so many cool things about sharks I immediately wanted to watch shark documentaries and earn 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 "but I still have to mention Xingye Jin who did the cover art and the illustrations inside the 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 in exchange for an honest review Find of my books on Instagram There s this song from the musical of Matilda that 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 yrics from the song Loud appear in my brain They say The What Next After School ?: All You Need To Know About Work, Travel And Study (Times) less you have to sell the harder you sell it Theess you have to say 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Summary The Line Tender

The Line Tender