The Lobster War by Ethan Howland

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Sixteen-year-old Dain Harrington knows there is one thing he’s good at, and that’s lobstering. It’s something he feels he can rely on, even though his father died in a storm at sea while fishing. During the summer before his senior year, Dain has good luck fishing his traps, until someone starts cutting them. Someone wants him off the water. And so begins a lobster war. Dain suspects Roger Gribbin, the local tough guy, who happens to be a friend of Dain’s elusive brother, Eddie. Looking for advice and answers, Dain finally tracks Eddie down and asks him some pointed questions: Who is cutting his traps? Should he get off the water? Why is this happening to him? To Dain’s shock and ultimate disappointment, Eddie’s answers are evasive and unsettling. As heavy fog rolls in, the landscape that Dain knows so well seems less clear than before. He wonders if the same thing is happening with his life, especially with Eddie, who is drifting farther and farther away. A dramatic ocean rescue provides the moving climax to this eloquent first novel set on the rugged Maine coast.

About Ethan Howland

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Howland works as a reporter.
Published May 10, 2001 by Front Street. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Worse, someone is cutting Dain’s lobster traps, and he is determined neither to let anyone “push me off the water” nor “out of his [older brother’s] life.” Set on Maine’s foggy, unforgiving coast, Howland does a masterful job of rendering the sounds, sights, and smells of life on the water in a v...

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