Devil's bridge / Cynthia DeFelice.

Twelve-year-old Ben must cope with the loss of his father, who died the year before, and his mother's overprotectiveness when he enters the annual Striped Bass Derby on Martha's Vineyard.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: DeFelice, Cynthia C.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Toronto : New York : Macmillan Pub. Co. ; Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992.
Edition:1st ed.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

As this novel opens, Ben Daggett, son of a local fisherman who caught the largest striped bass ever taken from the waters around Martha's Vineyard prepares to take part himself in the annual Striped Bass Derby. More importantly, the 12-year-old must come to terms with his father's death and his mother's involvement with a man he doesn't really like or even know. An element of suspense is introduced when a local fisherman tries to win the $10,000 prize by cheating; Ben inadvertently overhears the plot. DeFelice's (Weasel) suitably small-scale story-focusing inwardly on a boy's maturing process and outwardly on a bustling local fishing contest-moves skillfully toward a lyrical climax that may remind readers of Gary Paulsen's Tracker. The author's keen ear for true-to-life dialogue and knowledge of boys' attitudes and eccentricities make her latest work much more than a fish- ing story or a straightforward adventure; it is a multi-layered book with feeling. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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