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The Line Tender
The Line Tender | Kate Allen
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Heartbreaking but also filled with wit and hope, The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research her late mother began. She must follow the sharks. 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, preparing to swim with a great white, when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Since then Lucy and her father have done okay--thanks in large part to her best friend, Fred, and 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. 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. Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and the people willing to seek meaning and connection within it.
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Broochtober!

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Jenken1998
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Sweet middle grade book about a girl, grief and sharks. Lovely illustrations.

Johanna414 I have this in my library and am obsessed with the cover! I really need to pick it up and read it one of these days. 2mo
DrexEdit I'm stacking just because of that cover! 😍 2mo
AmberWB I absolutely loved this book. So glad you enjoyed it!! 2mo
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Lindy
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A quiet, thoughtful novel about friendship and grief. I especially love the strong links between art and nature and healing, presaged in the epigraph by Rachel Carson that begins: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” The wonderful #audiobook narration by Jenna Lamia makes up for the absence of shark drawings that are in the text edition. Grade 4-7

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Lindy
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Kind of a weird thing, getting cremated. I hope I just spontaneously combust, because I don‘t like any of the options.

Cathythoughts I‘m not too happy with the options either ... 🤷🏻‍♀️oh well , on we go 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Lindy
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Unknitting is nicer with an #audiobook. I wasn‘t happy with the bottom edge of a sweater I just finished, so I‘m going to redo it. #knittersofLitsy : I‘ve learned that taking out an i-cord is much easier with two different colours of yarn. It‘s almost like I planned for this eventuality.

Cathythoughts Lovely pick of knitting needle & wool ✨✨✨✨ 4mo
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Book: The Line Tender by Kate Allen - just listened to this last month, middle grade fiction about sharks and grief
Movie: Jaws
Song: I'm a children's librarian so of course it's Baby Shark, doo, doo, doo, doodoodoo
#manicmonday
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Blaire My son was so sad the first time we read this...couldn‘t believe someone would write a poem about losing. 4mo
JoScho Thanks for playing 🦈🖤🦈 4mo
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AmberWB
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I have a slight obsession with sharks, and have since I was probably the same age as my kids. So when my 6 year old spotted this book cover at the library, she told me I had to read it. I am so glad I did. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. It was such a beautiful story that illustrated the importance of all types of friendship, the awesomeness of strong women and the amazingness of sharks. Favorite book of the summer so far. 🦈

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 5mo
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AmberWB
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Today‘s plans: finishing this book while sitting 2 inches away from this portable AC unit. 🥶 My 6 year old grabbed this book for me at the library, strictly because of the sharks on the cover. So far, I am really enjoying it!! 🦈 🦈 🦈

Mindyrecycles Cute! 🙂 5mo
Eggs 💗 this book! 5mo
AmberWB @Eggs Just finished it. So lovely. 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 160: Reading Plays with Elizabeth
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Elizabeth is fresh from a teaching seminar on plays so we talk about that for a bit before delving into books we have read and enjoyed recently. We have some books traversing the wild parts, books for pride, and more.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy160

ephemeralwaltz Just started following you on Spotify! Can't wait to listen soon. This looks like a good one! 5mo
Centique That Ocean Vuong book sounds AMAZING. 😍 5mo
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Eggs
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You belong with me
Not swallowed in the sea🎶

Lucy and Fred belong together...

#swallowedinthesea #julycoldplay @Eggs

Johanna414 Love this cover! 5mo
Eggs @Johanna414 Yes it is amazing 😉 5mo
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Eggs
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🍋 tagged
🍸chocolate martini (at the beach)
📚 “Not me and Jasper; not right now.”

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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What a beautiful book. Sad but hopeful, smart but funny. It‘s going to stay with me for a long, long time.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Loved this middle grade book about grief. Moving and sad but also humorous and matter of fact because that‘s what real life is like. I really enjoyed the “voice” of the main character and how the author captured so much realness without shock or scariness which makes this the perfect middle grade read.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Love this 💖💖💖💖

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ElishaLovesBooks
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When @TracyReadsBooks puts a book in your hand and tells you to read it- you read it! 😂♥️👍 Jumped the pile and started this last night! Enjoying it so far!

TracyReadsBooks 😂 I hope you like it! 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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A stunning debut. This middle grade book is magnificent & one that transcends genre/marketing boundaries. I laughed, I cried—more than once—& I marveled at the resilience of children & their ability to not only survive but also to do even more when life & circumstance makes it difficult. Filled with wonder about the natural world, the thrill of exploration/discovery, friendship, grief, & love, this is a book I won‘t soon forget. Recommended.💙🦈💙

Tamra I had this in my hands yesterday. I will check it out! 7mo
Nute This sounds fantastic and takes me back to a favorite love - children‘s literature! 7mo
TracyReadsBooks @Tamra @Nute I love this book and can‘t recommend it highly enough. Children‘s literature at its best! I definitely look forward to following this author‘s career. 7mo
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“But if you could tell Science like a story, I‘d pay a attention...”

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❤️

Love this quote at the beginning of the book (and I couldn‘t agree more).

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We are under a ❄️Winter Storm Watch❄️ for tomorrow night because why not?!? Who doesn‘t love a surprise spring snowstorm expected to drop 2-4 inches on you? It‘s all good. It‘s Endgame tomorrow morning and then home before the snow hits after which I expect lots of time to read. I‘m getting things started tonight with the tagged book, a middle grade book which is garnering rave reviews. Love the cover!

Tamra What great cover! 8mo
mcctrish We see End Game tonight and go and pick my oldest up from uni tomorrow morning. We may get some snow too 😢April is the cruelest month 8mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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I love this cover! 😍

Gissy Yes!😍❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
GatheringBooks that does look gorgeous! 8mo
Erie Oh wow, that's beautiful 💖 8mo
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