My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The story follows young teenager Lucy Everhart through a few rough weeks of her summer vacation at home on the coast of Massachusetts. Unlike most middle grade books, adults and older teens play a huge role in her experience. And sharks. There's lots and lots about sharks. Great white sharks, to be specific. Lucy's deceased mother was a shark researcher, and when a great white is captured not far off the coast, Lucy finds herself wrapped up in memories of her mother's life and work.
This was an interesting book, dealing with love and loss. If there were such a category, I'd put it in middle grade literary fiction. You don't have a big climactic event, and there are no bullies or really any other teens much at all. It's as much a character study of Lucy and her changes over a summer as Lucy also makes a study of great white sharks and what's inside of them, what makes them tick.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Line Tender" and recommend it to readers young and old.
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