- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Hardcover: 214 pages
- Publisher: Front Street, Incorporated; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590785169
- ISBN-13: 978-1590785164
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,294,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manuel and the Lobsterman Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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What in tarnation do you think you're doing? Zeke shouted as he pressed a long, three-pronged stick against Manuel's chest. "Hey, don't hurt me, okay? Just give me a try, Zeke." Manuel pushed the stick out of the way and stood up. "Let me help you out for one day. If it doesn't work out I promise I'll never bug you again." "I told you before I don't need any help and I don't want you on my boat." "But, I'm here already. What do you have to lose? Besides, I can't swim and the nearest piece of land is at least a mile away." "Then that makes you a stowaway. Law of the sea says stowaways go overboard, whether they can swim or not." —FROM THE BOOK
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Manuel's entered the adult world. This world is full of life and death risks, only one of which is survival on the sea. Adults arm themselves with loyalty and trust as weapons to address these risks. The author explains beautifully Manuel's growing understanding and mastery of these loyalty-trust relations.
The author herself lives in coastal New England, and she describes the buildings, streets, people, pace of life, and the overwhelming influence of the sea with a native's eye. Also impressive in her writing is how she understands so exactly how a 13-year old boy thinks!
My 10-year old son loved it, but Manuel and the Lobsterman is suitable for a range of ages through middle school. Also, the action scenes are exhilarating without being scary, and would appeal to younger children. The story never stops moving and will be a pleasure for adults reading along.