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Swim That Rock

By Jay Primiano, John Rocco
Illustrated by John Rocco

A young working-class teen fights to save his family’s diner after his father is lost in a fishing-boat accident.

When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time. Told with cinematic suspense and a true compassion for the characters, Swim That Rock is a fast-paced coming-of-age story that beautifully and evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own.

  • A classic maritime adventure story set in coastal community, told with gripping suspense and a deep compassion for the characters.
  • A true coming of age story perfect for both girls and boys alike

About the author

John Rocco is the author and illustrator of several books for children including Blackout, a Caldecott Honor Book. He also illustrated The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. John Rocco lives in Los Angeles. Jay Primiano is a poet, performer and most recently, children’s book author. Like his co-author, John Rocco, Jay Primiano was raised on fishing boats. He started working on a commercial lobster boat when he was eleven years old and still has a deep connection to the waters of Rhode Island, where he spends much of his free time teaching his daughters how to catch dinner. He lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

About the illustrator

Jay Primiano is a poet, performer and most recently, children's book author. Like his co-author, John Rocco, Jay Primiano was raised on fishing boats. He started working on a commercial lobster boat when he was eleven years old and still has a deep connection to the waters of Rhode Island, where he spends much of his free time teaching his daughters how to catch dinner.

ISBN: 9780763669058
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 304pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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