The Line Tender, with Kate Allen

Friday, August 2nd, 2019, 6 p.m.

cover art for The Line Tender, a young girl observes sharks and whales through aquarium glass"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 National Book Award finalist Orphan Island

Author Kate Allen splashes into Gibson's Bookstore to share her tender and smart book about a tweenage girl dealing with grief, on the edge of growing up. 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.

Event date: 
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231603
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

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.