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The Line Tender

The Line Tender

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Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning and connection within it.

Wherever 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 Massachusetts, collecting shark data when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Since then Lucy and her father have kept their heads above water--thanks in large part to a few close friends and neighbors. But June of her twelfth summer brings more 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 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 on the Great White's return to Cape Cod. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet 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.

★Confidently voiced.--Kirkus Reviews, starred
★Richly layered.--Publishers Weekly, starred
★A hopeful path forward.--Booklist, starred
★Life-affirming.--BCCB, starred
★Big-hearted. --Bookpage, starred
★"Will appeal to just about everyone." - SLC, starred
★Exquisitely, beautifully real.--Shelf Awareness, starred

Author: Kate Allen
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 04/21/2020
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 7.60h x 5.10w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780735231610
Age Range: 10-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 501508 / Line Tender

About the Author
Kate Allen grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her family. The Line Tender is her first novel. Visit her online at

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