Twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman's mom just died, and his fisherman dad is too depressed to drag himself off the couch and go to work. So these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself.
But when his dad's boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy a new engine. Skiff's lobster traps won't earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea -- bluefin tuna. If he can catch one of those monster fish, Skiff just might save the boat -- and his family.
Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick has written more than a dozen novels for young readers. In 1993, he published his first children's book, Freak the Mighty
, which became an instant classic, and was made into a feature film. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. Philbrick's other acclaimed novels include Max the Mighty
, The Young Man and the Sea
, The Last Book in the Universe
, Zane and the Hurricane
, and Wildfire
. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys. You can learn more about him on his website: rodmanphilbrick.com.