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On The Line Paperback – March 7, 2012
"This was a really great read! I tore through it, reading it in a few hours...It's not very often that I am so pleasantly surprised by how good a book is, but this one did it for me. If you are looking for unique and engrossing read, I would definitely check it out!" - Booknerds Across America
From the Back Cover
If only she knew who to trust...
Top Customer Reviews
Upon opening the book the reader meets a young woman, Piper Wesley. Piper has such an incredible amount of ambition and passion for what she loves that it ultimately drives her to chase her dreams. She encounters a lot of temptation, betrayal, and obstacles along the way but she never lets her goals get in the way of the prize. The characters are narrated in such a way that the reader comes to understand they are innately good, despite the tendency to get caught up with social pressures as a teen. It teaches that people should be open-minded and patient with those they love. It shows responsibility, as Piper navigates her obligations to her family while training for the competition (which she enters so she may help her family financially). These are lessons that not every book focuses on teaching, but they are certainly impressed upon the reader in On The Line; these are lessons most teens could use some reinforcement in learning during the most impressionable years of their lives.
I spent a day reading this book cover to cover - I couldn't put it down. I can assure you that the same thing will happen when it arrives at your doorstep. Enjoy!
The main character, Piper "Pipes" is refreshing. She's funny, quirky, and just fine with being different. I am glad to finally find a YA novel with a girl who is strong and confident. Piper is as comfortable in her own skin as can be expected from a teen girl, without ever turning rude or catty.
Also, finding a YA that portrays parents as caring, and supportive is a nice change of pace.
The relationships in this story are sweet and appropriate.
If I could give this story more than 5 stars, I would. You HAVE to read this.
Piper and her best friend Benny have been scouting out the prime fishing spots for months and logging the coordinates into her GPS. She wants to have every advantage for winning so that she can help her family by winning the $25,000. Piper's dad owns a charter fishing service. Tourism has been off since an oil spill scared people away from the Keys and money has been tight for all the residents.
While crewing on her dad's charter fishing boat, Piper meets Logan. Being from Michigan, Logan and his dad Nick don't know much about saltwater fishing. Logan lands one of the largest bonefish they've ever caught! When Logan befriends Piper and Logan's dad Nick begins to pal around with Piper's dad, Piper wonders whether she can trust either of them? There is too much "on the line" to risk.
Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper's book on the line has strongly defined, realistic characters, authentic dialogue, and an intriguing plot. The encounter with the bull shark is not to be missed! -School Library Media Specialist, Nancy W. Goss--Amity Middle School Orange, Orange, CT.