The Line Tender
Penguin Young Readers Group
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.
Family Relationships; Family member death; death of a parent
Cybils Awards, 2019, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Minnesota Book Awards, 2020, Winner, Middle Grade Literature
New England Book Award, 2019, Finalist, Children's Book
sharks; great white shark; ocean; science; sea; beach; Massachusetts; Cape Cod; friendship; hardship; loss; grief; sad; death
Allen, Kate, "The Line Tender" (2019). Diverse Families. 2261.