The One O'Clock Chop

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It's the summer of 1973 and fourteen year old Matt spends his days working on a boat as a clam digger to earn extra money. His nights are another story—he spends time with his free-spirited cousin Jazzy who is visiting from Hawaii (and just happens to be beautiful). Matt can't deny that his affection for Jazzy moves beyond a crush, and everyone knows you can't fall in love with your cousin. Just when Matt decides to act on his feelings, Jazzy does something that changes ...

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It's the summer of 1973 and fourteen year old Matt spends his days working on a boat as a clam digger to earn extra money. His nights are another story—he spends time with his free-spirited cousin Jazzy who is visiting from Hawaii (and just happens to be beautiful). Matt can't deny that his affection for Jazzy moves beyond a crush, and everyone knows you can't fall in love with your cousin. Just when Matt decides to act on his feelings, Jazzy does something that changes everything between them.

Like the one o'clock chop—the strong breeze that blows across the Long Island Sound—Matt's summer proves to be as inevitable as a force of nature. Told with pitch-perfect angst and realism, Ralph Fletcher tells a gripping story of a teenager's life-altering summer.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
History seems contemporary in this novel about a crush and near seduction, set in 1973. At fourteen, Matt is trying out his first full-time job as a clam digger and attempting to earn the respect of his new boss. Dan runs a tight ship, powered by the music of Jim Morrison and the Doors and his sea-faring desire to bring in a good load of clams. As Matt is toughening up on the job, he faces entirely different challenges from his beautiful cousin, Jazzy, who is visiting for the summer from Hawaii. The affection and attraction he feels for this worldly beauty is confusing; meanwhile, his mother seems oblivious to the magnetism occurring under her roof. When Jazzy plays fickle, Matt struggles with figuring out his role in her life and how much he should let her learn for herself. This coming-of-age story is breezy and fast-paced with enough suspense to keep teens reading. First love is never easy. Reading about how one young fisherman survived will offer hope for others lost in the same sea. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
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Long-Islander Matt wants a used Boston Whaler and has his eye on one that will cost him around $900. It's 1973, and he's 14, but earning that becomes a miraculous possibility when he gets a job as a clam digger with his single mother's friend, Captain Dan. The all-boy adventure of clamming techniques, equipment, blisters and sunburn is palpably real. Side-by-side, on-the-job training with his divorced, taciturn boss, a hardboiled Vietnam vet, deepens Matt's angst about his remarried father. Then, his first cousin Jazzy comes from Hawaii to visit over the summer. She's beautiful, fun and interested in him, yet her character is not fully developed. Her motivation and desires are more of a mystery and a disappointing one for Matt, who sees her come on to him and then dump him for a disreputable guy. Her actions and character, though explained, are not clear and end with an inexplicable resolution to their relationship. The culturally forbidden nature of it doesn't work well, either. However, Fletcher's insight into Matt and his boat dreams fly off the page with a solid resonance that will make this a quick, light, summer beach read. (Fiction. 13-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081435
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,011,641
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

RALPH FLETCHER is the author of many books, from picture books through young adult novels. He also teaches workshops on poetry and writing. Ralph lives with his family in Lee, New Hampshire.

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JAZZY

SUMMER OF 1973. The newspaper headlines were all about the Watergate scandal. The Vietnam War had officially ended in January, but American planes were still dropping bombs nearby in Laos and Cambodia. There was lots of baseball news, too. Nolan Ryan pitched his second no-hitter; Hank Aaron hit home run number 700.

But it was Jasmine McKenzie who made the biggest headline in my life, a girl who happened to be my first cousin. I never dreamed that I’d fall in love with her when she visited us from Hawaii, but that’s what happened.

 

Jazzy loved all kinds of music: folk, pop, rock, traditional Hawaiian, big band, and jazz, too. She explained to me how jazz is different from other music. Many jazz musicians don’t play music that’s been written down ahead of time. In jazz there’s something called improvisation, where the musicians decide what to play right then, spontaneous, unplanned. They bounce off notes the other musicians play. They follow the spirit of the music, letting it carry them to a new place every time. They make it up as they go along.

I guess that’s what Jazzy and I were doing that summer. We were in brand-new territory, at least I was. I couldn’t fall back on what I knew about girls. With Jazzy I had to make it up as we went along.

Copyright © 2007 by Ralph Fletcher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Love it

    It is a must read . Tots amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    One O'clock Chop

    Really good. I know the author personally,but I think people would like it. Read it!!

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