The Line Tender by Kate Allen audiobook

The Line Tender

By Kate Allen
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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

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Line Tender captivated me. From page one through the end of the book, I couldn't stop turning pages. I was completely lost in the book when I was reading it, and obsessed with trying to get back to the book when I was not. You MUST add this book to your reading list. Colby Sharp, Nerdy Book Club co-founder and editor of The Creativity Project
"Holy fish, this is a graceful, honest, special book. The Line Tender is a story of resilience. It's about how unbelievably strong and resourceful kids can be. About the real magic in the world--the magic of science, the magic of survival, and the magic of love. Laurel Snyder, author of the National Book Award longlisted Orphan Island 
"I have gasped and cried multiple times while reading Kate Allen's deeply moving debut. Mr. Schu school and library childen's literature advocate 
. SLJ,
★"Rich, complex, and confidently voiced. Kirkus Reviews, starred★"Allen tackles the complexities of grief with subtly wry humor and insight in this richly layered middle grade debut about the power of science and love.
This richly textured story calls us to our most pressing business on earth: to understand and respect the stunningly complex creatures around us before they disappear forever. Margi Preus, author of Heart of a Samurai, a Newbery Honor book
In following the adaptation of sharks to a shifting ecology, The Line Tender speaks to our own human capacity to adapt to loss--and Lucy's losses are profound. This is a novel that stirs our deepest hope that we can survive profound change, that we can even move into new channels that will support us and nourish us and point us toward what we had never anticipated. This is a celebration of our ability to survive. Gary Schmidt, Newbery and Printz Honoree and National Book Award Finalist
Kate Allen writes with lyric grace, and her beautifully textured narrative, of a girl struggling to understand and move beyond tragedy, is a triumph. The Buffalo News
A National BestsellerA Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019A School Library Journal Best Book of 2019A Kirkus Best Book of 2019A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2019A Book Page Best Book of 2019A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
Allen’s understated but richly detailed story will help young readers dig into their resilience to see how they, too, can draw connections in their lives. The Minneapolis Star Tribune
A masterful blend of exuberant life and its accompanying tragedy. The Florida Times Union
Allen’s debut novel is, indeed, tender. Also funny, poignant, sad and filled with hope. The St. Paul Pioneer Press 
“Jenna Lamia expresses the youthful longing of Lucy, who still grieves for her late mother…Lamia balances Lucy’s grief with her determination to uncover the answer to a question her mother once studied: Why are white sharks appearing more frequently in New England? With perfect pacing pacing, Lamia blends the thrills and frustrations of Lucy’s research with her emotional path to healing. She dives deep to reflect Lucy’s powerful resilience and her desire to understand the people she has lost. Using just the right touches, Lamia also enlivens the caring adult characters in the story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Kate Allen

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.34
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English