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Sea Gift

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
After a long Nova Scotia winter of playing hockey, Lauchie convinces his mother to let him fish lobster for the summer with a close family friend. One day out on the lobster boat, Lauchie pulls up a trap that holds a very old, carefully sealed container—a gift from the sea. In the crock he finds an antique pistol, a letter dated 1608 from a Scots doctor whose ship sank in ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 20th 2003 by Clarion Books
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Sarah Sammis
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I have a thing for nautical stories: whether just near or actually on the sea. Sea Gift by John Ashby caught my attention at my local library for the painting of a boy dangling on a rope over the ocean.

When the book starts off with a lengthy chapter about a hockey game with the two lead characters against rivals from the other side of Cape Breton Island (off the coast of Nova Scotia) I was worried that my choice was based on cover art by an artist who hadn't read the book. Fortunately though, t
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lisa Merrin
Set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this book has knock-your-socks-off descriptions of the geography of the area, and the descriptions of winter storms, hockey games, and lobster fishing feel exotic as well. Lauchie’s father died while fishing in a storm, and Lauchie’s mother is strongly against his going to sea too soon. The summer he is 14, however, he talks her into letting him help his uncle Ian on his lobster boat. Then one day a lobster trap disgorges a strange container that looks very old—a ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lauchie was able to convince his mother that he could go catch lobsters. In an old lobster trap, he finds a cylinder shaped container. Inside the container there is a flint-lock pistol, an old letter and a treasure map. These items were a gift from the sea.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- There is adventure.

Reason 2- I could imagine what was happening.

Reason 3- It made me wonder, what gifts will mother nature or mother sea give us?
Treasure hunt and adventure story set on Cape Breton Island, NS. The setting makes this book very interesting. There are not many juvenile fiction books that feature NS.
A good depiction of the life of fisherman and lobsterman and their families. I liked the addition of a character of the Mi'kmaq tribe as well as some history about the First Nations people.
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