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Twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman's mom just died, and his fisherman dad is too depressed to drag himself off the couch and go to work. So these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself. But when his dad's boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy a new engine. Skiff's lobster traps won't earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea -- bluefin ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Scholastic (first published February 1st 2004)
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Dawn Allbee
Aug 16, 2012 Dawn Allbee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Dawn by: My daughter, age 9
Shelves: children-s-books
Silly me. As a mom I was envisioning it would be me encouraging the kids to open their reading lists to new titles. Instead it has been them encouraging me. My 9 year old, who is fascinated by fish and fishing, checked this book out and raved about it. "You *have* to read this! I'm to the part in this book where the boy is in the water and the giant fish is circling him! It's so exciting!", she said.

However, as an adult reader there is so much more to this book. Ultimately it is about a young b
Mr. Pirkl
Apparently every student I've ever had has read this. Thanks Connor for bringing it in and letting me borrow it. I enjoyed Skiff's determination in the face of so many challenges. I also enjoyed the connection to the Hemingway story that becomes very clear as you read on!
Ms. Palubicki
This is a great choice for someone outdoorsy and who likes to boat and/or fish. That is not me, so I found it a little dry and a little hard to relate to.
Jacob Monahan
Samuel "Skiff" Beaman's mother just died. His father is so depressed he sits on a couch, watches t.v., and gets drunk every night. This boy named Tyler Croft bullies him non-stop. The Mary Rose is his father's fishing boat but, she sunk so skiff gets it back to surface. He fixes her up except the motor. The motor is ruined he needs money. He sets traps for lobster and starts making money until Tyler Croft comes out at night and cuts his traps. Skiff sees a tune at the boat dock that's 500 pounds ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Mattias rated it 3 of 5 stars
Young man in the sea
Rodman Philbrick
3 stars out 5

The Young Man in the Sea is about a boy named Skiff Beaman. Skiff’s mom had died recently and now he is just with his dad who is to depressed to get up off the couch and go to work. So Skiff has to take care of himself. But his dads boat sinks and Skiff realizes that it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the engine. The only way that Skiff can save the boat is if he can catch a bluefin tuna. So throughout the book Skiff is on a mission to b
Tried taking a break from all the fantasy and mythology books I've been reading.
It was a short and pleasant story but very, very predictable. You could practically tell what was going to happen from the very beginning. It took a couple of pages to get used to the character's way of speaking but it was nevertheless, well written. I liked it.
This book is about a boy named skiff who's mother died and his farther has basically gave up on life because his wife is gone. The family is really poor and skiff always gets bullied by another kid. The boy is always trying to make money but the bully ruins it no matter what it is. Lobster traps is what the bully ruined the most. the bully would cut the lobster traps every night in the dark so skiff couldn't catch anything. One day skiff sees that the blue fin tuna can be worth a lot. So skiff s ...more
The book young man and the sea is about a boy named skiff whose dads boat sinks. In order to pay for repairs he tries lobstering, but when his traps are cut he decides to try his hand at catching tuna.
This story is probably one of the best non Vietnam based books that I have ever read, The plot is different than most other books and the author does an amazing job of keeping you involved in the book, and despite me being almost forced to read this book for school a few years ago I couldn’t put i
Cameron Staley
The main plot of the story is that skiff wants to restore life to his dad and he wants to fix the boat named Rose. Even though skiff has to go through tough times to fix the boat he still never gives up and eventually he achieves his goal. Skiff learned many valuable lessons and skills throughout the book and that contributed to him becoming a very round type of character. I gave the book a four star rating because it has one of the best themes out of all the book I have read. The theme of the ...more
Yasmina Walker
A coming of age story set in present day, Rhode Island. Skif has several obstacles to overcome. First his father can't cope with the death of his wife(Skif's mother). Secondly, Skif has to find a way to get 5,000 thousand dollars to pay for needed repairs on the family boat. If that isn't bad enough, his enemy is a wealthy brat who is constantly harassing him. A comparison can be made with Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea", since Skif spends a fair amount of time out in the sea trying to cat ...more
Excellent book for children/pre-teen maybe. The way of speaking is fun to read out loud. The father is a grieving alcoholic and the main character is a young boy who thinks that raising their sunken ship Rose will snap his father out of his depression. A lack of money, a bully and natural elements make this path more difficult. Elderly friends and a strong work ethic help him out.
Yes, there is fishing but there are moments when the fish are revered for their beauty and life.
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The book was about a kid named Samuel Skiff Beamen he has to catch fish but his boat sinks and it gets old. He needs a lot of money to get it fixed but dose not have enough. So now he has to catch fish and lobsters so he can sell them and save up to get his boat. When he gets his boat then he can help his dad with money because ever since his mom died he has been drinking lying down on the couch watching tv and its up to the kid to save his dad. I liked the book and thought it was interesting be ...more
There's a quote in the interview given by author Rodman Philbrick at the end of this book that I think must really give a lot of buoyancy to the aspirations of struggling new writers. Here it is: Q: "You've said that Freak the Mighty is about a writer learning to find his voice, and that theme recurs in your novel The Last Book in the Universe. How did you find your voice?" A (from Rodman Philbrick): "Over many years and over many thousands of pages. Learning to write a readable, compelling sto ...more
The Young Man And The Sea is about a young boy named Skiff Beaman who drives an old batered down boat which he uses to go fishing. Skiff's family doesn't have a lot of money so his plan is to catch many many lobsters to save up for a new engine for his boat. The one problem is that this one rich kid keeps cutting his traps. Eventually he gives up on that idea and goes on to this bigger idea. The bigger idea is a huge blue fin tuna. Skiff goes through everything to catch this large prize.
I can
Linda Lipko
With homage to Hemingway, Philbrick took classic literature and modified it to a young adult coming-of-age tale.

Instead of an older man who struggles to accomplish the dream of catching the biggest fish, Philbrick pits boy against nature as young Skiff Beaman is water and food deprived, alone in a tiny, fuel-less boat, surrounded by dark, deep sea and an aggressive, harpooned, behemouth 900 pound bluefin tuna.

Skiff's life is not easy. His mother recently died. His father transferred his love of
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Nov 04, 2008 ♪♫3rik ♪♫ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
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the motivation of this character is fishing,
12 year old boy hes mom died and his fisherman dad is to depressed to drag himself out to bed in the morning, but when his dad boat sinks, skiffs lobster traps wont earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea bluefin tuna. if he can catch one of those monster fish skiff just might save the boat and his family.
my favorite line of the book is when the boy encourage his dads friends to bring the boat up in the sea to fix it an to fish again
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Philbrick, Rodman. The Young Man and the Sea (2004)
Life just keeps on getting worse and worse for twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman, the main character of this book. His mother has recently died and his father just can’t seem to get off the sofa and away from the beer to get back to work as a fisherman. Not even Skiff’s discovery that the family fishing boat, the Mary Rose, has sunk seems to affect his dad. It’s up to Skiff to keep things going, so with the help of Mr. Woodwell, the elderly boat buil
The book I read is The Young Man and the Sea by: Rodman Philbrick. The genre is realistic fiction. This book is about 12 year old Skiff Beaman. Skiff is a young man who's mother has died and lives with his father in a boat on the shore. Skiff is very poor and he is made fun of for it by a rich bully named Tyler Croft. Skiff is a fisher just like his dad, but his boat sinks and needs to get repaired. The boat is repaired by Skiff and his friend Mr.Woodwell, but the engine is in to bad of conditio ...more
Appropriate for all ages - 7-12

I loved this story. It SO reminded me of my dad and the stories he would tell me of Maine. Skiffy is a young man who loses his mother to illness very early in life.

His father, in his sorrow, goes into a deep depression and tries to drown his sadness in beer and TV. He stops doing everything that he used to do. He no longer looks after the family's fishing boat, and certainly doesn't fish. . .he doesn't clean the house, cook, NOR does he listen to his son. Skiffy fe
Nate LeBoutillier
Rodman Philbrick is clearly in his element here with the tale of THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA. I love the attitude of the narrator, Skiff, in this story, how he remains tenaciously determined to pick up the pieces of his and his dad's life after his mother passes away and the family boat sinks. It's another short novel (LOVE the short novel) from this author, who has a way with efficiency and sympathetic narrators and interesting subject material. And I felt like I learned something about fishing a ...more
My son had to read this book for his 4th grade class and he loved it, and he asked me to read it as well. I was not quite as entranced. I don't know what put me off this book, but for such a short story, it seemed to take me forever to get through it. His way of speaking was a bit off putting. But it is an action packed story, and I can see why kids like it. It just wasn't for me.
Chris D.
I think this book is really good. It's about this boy named Skiff Beaman, also known as Little Skiff. When he comes back from his last day of school, he finds out that his dad's boat the Mary Rose has sunken at his dock. When he gets the Mary Rose back to the surface he discovers traps that the engine doesn't work and it needs to buy new one. His mom died and his dad won't do anything but sit on the couch. He needs to earn thousands of dollars before summer ends. Lobster traps won't work so he ...more
This book was very interesting. I have never read a fishing book before but this one really caught my eye. It was great with detail and really held my attention. Skiff finally did get his money that he needed and finally did get his dad back. He got both of those not by how he planned but that's just how it turned out.
Young adult book about a boys attempt to earn money so he can fix the motor of a boat. He starts with lobster traps and winds up trying to harpoon a blue fin tuna.

This is a well written book about Samuel "Skiff" Beaman who was called Little Skiff as his dad had the same name and was called Big Skiff. The father is portrayed a being drunk most of the time.
Vincent Malagisi
I would recommened this book because It has a lot adventure and how hard thing were for skiff and how his mom helped him through life. One way skiff's mom helped in his life would be the three qoutes skiff will never forget. And how he didn't care if he was sick,hurt,etc. He just didn't care.
Daniel Cothrell
A good book for reading when the teacher says you need a book to read during flex. A bit sad here and there but very nice at the end. Had fun reading it so much that I forgot to write about it here. I would tell people about it.p.s i have no idea when i finish :) :):):):):):):)
Jimmy Bauer
I had a great time reading "The Young Man and the Sea". "The Young Man and the Sea" by Rodman Philbrick is one of the best books ive read. It takes place in Maine where Skiffy,a 12 year old kid whos mother had died. His father does nothing but sit on the couch and drink. When his small pontoon the Mary Rose sinks at the docks he and his friend Mr. Woodwell raise it. The wood is rotted and the engine is ruined. it will take $5000 to fix the engine and Skiffy doesnt know what to do. He sees a gia ...more
It was a very good book so good I wish there was a second one.
If you haven't read this book this may spoil it.
There is this boy named Samel Who lived in small town that was based on fishing his mom had died a while ago and his dad stopped fishing ever seance he has been lazy and just sitting there drunk and watching TV his son was being bullied by a kid named Tyler Croft who is rich but on day he decides he is going to catch lobster but the Tyler cut the line on the traps. So one night he cough

This is my "go to book" for my reluctant readers. Philbrick is an amazing writer! This book is told from Skiff Beaman's point of view. He has lost his mom and his dad has given up on life. He spends his life on the couch, drinking and wallowing in his sorrow. Skiff is committed to making money for he and his dad. As he goes about setting lobster traps to catch lobsters, among other things, his nemesis, Tyler Croft, is determined to waylay and destroy everything. Then Skiff gets an idea to catch
Close to tears several times reading this... Reminded me of Maniac McGee in its simplicity and Bridge to Terabithia in its stark sadness. Definitely something for kids - and parents/teachers - to read!!!
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Aka William R Dantz, Chris Jordan, W.R. Philbrick.

Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under th
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