The Last Codfish

JD McNeill

Henry Holt and Co.

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Tut thought about Alex's question, "Can't speak, or won't?" He didn't know the answer. All he knew was that when he tried to speak, he got scared. Not just a little frightened, but more like horrified, the same feeling he got when he stayed in a boat too long.

A moving story of friendship, loss, and survival

Tut and Alex make an odd pair. Tut does more than keep his grief over his mother's death to himself-he keeps everything, even his voice, to himself. Alex, on the other hand, is talkative, outgoing, and in-your-face, which is exactly where Tut doesn't want her. Tut hasn't much choice in the matter because Alex isn't going anywhere. But just when Alex has wiggled her way into Tut's life, suddenly she seems to have her own need for escape. Now Alex is in trouble and the only way for Tut to help her is to get back into a boat. Is he willing to risk everything for his only friend? That's what he's desperately trying to figure out. And what if it's just too late?

J. D. McNeill weaves a compelling story of loss and survival, peopled with one-of-a-kind characters, in this auspicious debut.

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The Last Codfish
ONETHE END OF JULY. 
TUT ROLLED THE NOTE into a thin tube and stuffed it inside the wine bottle. Then pounded in the cork with the palm of his hand. He was alone on the wide rock at the end of Sutter's Point. The wind came off the ocean hard and cold, roaring in his ears, drowning the sounds of the waves below. He turned like a discus thrower. When he neared the edge of the rock, he let go of the bottle. It seemed to hang for just a moment at the highest point of the arc and then fell, dark and sparkling, into the gray water.

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"I love The Last Codfish. J. D. McNeill knows about survival and redemption, and she knows how to make readers hungry. Devour this book."--Jessie Haas, author of Shaper (Golden Kite Honor Award)

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JD McNeill

J. D. McNeill woke up one morning with the words "The Last Codfish" on her mind and knew that she had a story to tell. She lives in an eight-room farmhouse in Roxbury, New Hampshire, with her family and their Newfoundland mix named Sam. This is her first novel.

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The Last Codfish
JD McNeill

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2005
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ISBN: 9781429937962
ISBN10: 1429937963
Young Adult Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 14 to 18
Grade Range: 9 and up
$7.99
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