A Fishy Adventure

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How would you react to reading a book that stars a hero who saves lobsters? Your reaction would probably be, "Boring!" However there is more to this book than meets the eye.

How would you react to reading a book that stars a hero who saves lobsters? Your reaction would probably be, "Boring!" However there is more to this book than meets the eye. It is actually somewhat suspenseful and action filled. This book, which I would rate overall as so-so, is called "Into the Trap" by Craig Moodie. The book starts when Eddie Atwell, a 13-year-old son of a lobsterman, is fishing off the shore on Greenhead Island. His sister's boyfriend, Jake, told him it was a good spot to go fishing. He doesn't reel in any fish,but something catches his eye. On the shore he sees tons of lobsters in nets. Then he remembers an important fact: his dad's lobsters have been missing. Could this be where they are?

 

Eddie pulls his boat onto the shore of the island and steps off to investigate. Right as he steps off his boat he hears another boat coming. Quickly he runs and hides in the thick brush by the lobsters. He sees the boat drawing near. To his surprise, on board are Jake and Marty Powers, a counselor at a sailing camp. As they land he sees piles of lobsters on their boat. Then he realizes they have seen his boat and are walking toward it! Jake and Marty hook Eddie's boat to theirs and sail off, leaving Eddie stranded. However, soon another boat passes by and lets a scared Eddie on board. On the boat is a 13- year-old rich kid who ran away from the sailing camp at which Marty taught. Can this pair of unlikely heroes save the day and rescue the lobsters?

 

I liked "Into the Trap" because it was interesting to read an action book set in a very different setting, on the coast of Cape Cod. Most action books are fantasy or science fiction, but "Into the Trap" has a real-life setting.

 

At times, the book was a little boring because the kids were just sailing around and their conversations were kind of dull. I also found the characters to be not very intelligent and the plot was predictable. But I did want to continue reading to get to the more action-filled parts and to see if I really could predict the ending. This book is meant for 4th through 6th graders. Most kids will probably think it's an average book, but readers who are very interested in the sea might find it enjoyable.