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The Missing Manatee

Title

The Missing Manatee

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pages

181 pages

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780374312572

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; separated parents

Annotation

All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod - and to keep everything else in his life in Florida the way it's always been. But on his spring break from school, Skeet overhears his mother telling his father to move out permanently. Then, while riding in his boat to escape his parents' troubles, he discovers a manatee that's been shot in the head. Skeet puts aside his search for the manatee and its killer when Dirty Dan the Tarpon Man offers to take him out to catch his first tarpon on a fly. Because of Dan, Skeet begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the manatee's apparent murder and his parents' dissolving marriage. Skeet discovers that life is a lot like tarpon fishing, in which you can't look just at the surface of the water - you have to look through it, at what lies beneath.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

separated parents

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Booklist Top 10 Mystery/Suspense for Youth, 2006; Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006; 100 Best Children's and YA Mysteries of the Past Decade, 2015; Edgar Allan Poe Awards, 2006, Nominee, Best Juvenile

Keywords

boating; manatees; fishing; Florida; police

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The Missing Manatee

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