John Rocco and Jay Primiano
Ever think about how the quahogs get from the bottom of the sea to that bed of crushed ice in the restaurant or grocery? Jake Cole is a 14-year-old Rhode Islander who knows perfectly well what hard work it is, how much skill it requires, and how many hel’ll have to haul on board in order to save his mom’s diner from loan shark foreclosure now that his father has disappeared at sea. There’s just no way he can come up with $10,000 worth by the deadline. But it’s worth working alongside Jake as the authors skilfully pull the community together to pay off the note in a big feel-good finale. The Rhode Island setting is close enough to give many readers a mental picture of the currents, islands, and docks where Jake meets good guys, bad guys, rich guys, poor guys, and a pretty girl who’s also shellfishing on her father’s boat.