The Young Man and the Sea

The Young Man and the Sea

by Rodman Philbrick


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The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick

A story of determination and survival from the acclaimed author of FREAK THE MIGHTY. "This thrilling and elegant book ... will hold the interest of even the most stalwart landlubber." -- PW

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439368308
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Great Source Summer Success Reading Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 149,209
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 0.46(h) x (d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Rodman Philbrick is the author of six award-winning novels for young readers. His first novel, Freak the Mighty, won the California Young Reader Medal. It was received with great acclaim and has sold more than a million copies. The sequel, Max the Mighty, received starred reviews, and his novel The Fire Pony was named a 1996 Capital Choice. His more recent books for the Blue Sky Press are REM World; The Last Book in the Universe, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Young Man and the Sea, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. He and his wife live in Maine and the Florida Keys.

Table of Contents

1.Lobster Boy9
3.By the Barrel Raised20
4.Rotten to the Keel27
5.Attack of the Vampire Mud Worms35
6.The Finest Kind42
7.The Ringing of the Hammer48
8.What the Grease Monkey Said53
9.Money by the Pound59
10.Lobster in the Parlor66
11.Trap Wars73
12.Rich Boy in the Dark of Night80
13.When You Wake Up88
14.By Hook and by Crook98
15.Where the Big Fish Live107
16.The Blushing Bandit113
17.Three Rules for Skiff Beaman119
18.What Happened to the Stars125
19.If Mist Made the World133
20.Take My Breath Away140
21.When the Whoosh Comes By149
22.Keg Rider158
23.A Nantucket Sleigh Ride166
24.The Angel in the Mist174
25.The Tail on the Door189

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The Young Man and the Sea 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
The Young Man and The Sea This is a story about a boy named Skiff. Skiff has gone through a lot because he resently lost his Mother, and his Father is depressed and won't get off the couch and stop drinking beer.On the last day of school Skiff comes home and see's his Fathers boat The Mary Rose sunk at dock. Skiff's dad is too depressed about his Wife passing away to try to fix the Mary Rose. Skiff deciedes to have Mr.Woodwell take a look at the Mary Rose because Mr.Woodwell helped Skiffs dad "Big Skiff" build the Mary Rose. Mr.Woodwell tells skiff he needs the money to fix the Mary Rose's engine because when the boat went under water the engine got swamped and broke also because of old age and rusted out parts. So now it's up to Skiff to try to fix the boat by himself using his dads old lobster traps and "little Skiff" which is his boat he got for his birthday, to try to raise money to fix the engine. Now Skiff has another problem which is Tyler Croft. Tyler Croft is Jack Croft's son and Jack Croft and skiff's dad used to Harpon Tuna. Skiffs dad was called the best at harponing Tuna. So Tyler Croft keeps cutting all of Skiffs lobster traps and Skiff has to prove it to someone that Tlyer Croft keeps cutting his buoys. Now Skiff realizes he can't get enough money even with the Lobster trap because he still has to buy the bait and gas for the boat and other little things to keep catching lobster traps in his "little Skiff". So Skiff has his mind set on catching a Bluefin Tuna which will cover the cost of the engine to fix the mary Rose and help him and his dad.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a boy named Skiff who's mom is dead and father is an acholic. He doesn't get beat or anything but he is more the man of the house than his father. As school jsut ended and it's summer time and Skiff has to salvage a fisherman's boat him and his father call the Mary Rose they both use to fish, but know Skiff has to go down to the dock everyday to repair the Mary Rose that way it won't sink. But every-day as Skiff is fixing up the Mary Rose a rich kid and some other kids bully him about fixing up the Mary Rose, but Skiff know that what they say isn't. Back then Skiff father use to work with a fisherman named Mr.Woodwell helps Skiff repair the Mary Rose since his father is to depressed to . As Mr.Woodwell and Skiff salvage they put up lobster traps to catch some lobsters to rise money, but one day some bullies destory the lobster traps and the Mary Rose sunk and they need money to but a new engine. When they all throught hope was last they saw a sign saying who ever catch the bluefin tuna get 10,000. So Skiff goes out at sea to catch the bluefin tuna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont no if its gonna be good or not but its not really my type of book. i prefer vampires love and drama!!!! but unfortunatly i hab to read this book and do an assigment on it for Eighth grade so hopefully i wont fall asleep lol. i hope its good!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is okay but in my case it stinks.It is not well written and it goes on and on about how the father is drunk all the time and that can get very boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a boy who's mom is dead and father is an acholic. He doesn't get beat or anything but he is more the man of the house than his father. Then one day some bullies cut and destroy all of there lobster traps and they are in trouble. Then he hears about a huge blue gill that could help their problems forever. The reward for catching the fish is 10,000 dollars, this is where the adventure begins. He goes on for days trying to catch this fish. It has a great ending with a ton of excitment and is full of twists and turns. Will he catch the fish or be pulled into the ocean you will just have to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sad book and a bad influence for kids under the age of 12 because of the kid's dad.Kids might think they don't have to do anything in life but be a couch potato and not get a job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not for people who easily cry! But do not fear, it has a good ending. Great book of integrity and character at a young age when no one else has faith in you. Well written. I applaud it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is ill-written, and unoriginal. The plot is so predictable, the characters are boring and don't give you any intrest in their struggles. 'The Young Man and the Sea' plays WAY TOO MUCH off of 'The Old Man and the Sea', the original by Ernest Hemingway. The book gives little elboration and a predictable, mimicking and mockful plot. Horrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At 12, Skiff took care of his father after his mother died. Once a great fisherman, Skiff's father became a drunk. So, Skiff became his father's caregiver. On the last day of school before summer vacation, Skiff goes to the dock to pump out the bilge of their fishing boat, the Mary Rose, but finds her sunk at the dock. This is an exciting, life and death adventure of how Skiff saves the Mary Rose, himself, and his father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a little over half done with the book so far outstanding i loved the part when little skiff went on his boat and slammed into that fagit