Sea Gift by John Ashby

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After a long Nova Scotia winter of playing hockey, Lauchie convinces his mother to let him fish lobster for the summer with a close family friend. One day out on the lobster boat, Lauchie pulls up a trap that holds a very old, carefully sealed container—a gift from the sea. In the crock he finds an antique pistol, a letter dated 1608 from a Scots doctor whose ship sank in a storm, and a map describing where to find gold and silver coins salvaged from the ship. What ensues is a dangerous quest into a hidden cave tucked into a coastal cliff. Suspenseful and riveting, Lauchie’s adventure is also a journey of self-discovery on which he learns valuable lessons about himself and his community.

About John Ashby

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John Ashby was born in Ontario and lived in Nova Scotia for fifteen years. He now lives and works in New York City
Published October 20, 2003 by Clarion Books. 202 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Though friendship with a local Mi’kmaq boy and success following his grandmother’s advice come too easily, this story of adventure, coming of age, and moral ideas has much to offer.

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