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Everyone has always hunted the strange and beautiful lampfish, whose bones make fishhooks and whose meat feeds an entire village. Eric's obsessive attempts to net a lampfish single-handed are thwarted by the mysterious, half-mad Ezekiel Cantrip, the only known survivor of a descent into a whirlpool. Zeke draws Eric into another world, one made actual in the context of the ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published 1993 by Scholastic (first published September 1st 1991)
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Christina
Aug 15, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
The boy lives on a remote island where half of the year is full of bad weather. The people of the island spend their time fishing during the better seasons of the year to be able to have food year round. There are mystery lampfish that everyone tries to catch. There is a whirlpool off the coast that is dangerous.
The boy meets a man who has traveled through the whirlpool and back again. The story tells about how the man friends the boy and eventually takes him on a trip into the whirlpool to vis
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Amy Mair
Aug 16, 2013 Amy Mair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Gorgeous, old-school middle grade magical realism along the lines of The Fledgling and Tuck Everlasting. Totally unexpected and sweetly haunting. Would have been one of my faves as a kid for sure. I think I'll read it to my kids.
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Aug 16, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a juvenile, and it leaves several questions unanswered, but still pretty good.
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