The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick reviewed by Charlotte (Grade 7)

For people who love adventure, historical fiction, and fishing.

The Young Man and the Sea is about a 12-year-old boy named Skiff Beaman who is not living the dream. His mother passed away and that left his father in a deep depression. His father would only lay on the couch drinking, pretending to watch the T.V. Skiff and his father were very poor. Since his father’s depression, he hasn’t gone fishing which lead them to having no money.


One day, their boat sinks. Skiff’s heart was sinking but he hurried to fix the boat before it perished. He went to Mr. Woodwell, an old man who built boats, for help. Mr. Woodwell helped Skiff fix the boat and at last, it floated, however they would have to do more to fix the boat. To fix the boat, he had to make money by fishing out lobster. Also, he tried to ignore Tyler Croft from his evil plans. Tyler cuts Skiff’s lobster traps and Skiff is devastated. He knew there was only one other way to make money: catch the Blue fin tuna: the king of all the fishes. After many hours, he caught one. It was victory! Using the Blue Fin Tuna, he had the money to fix the boat and buy what he needed for his family. And best of all, his dad got out of his depression being too proud of his son for doing something so dangerous and conquering the challenge.


This book is amazing and is well recommended for people who love adventure, historical fiction, and fishing. The Young Man and the Sea has many surprises. I hope you read this fantastic novel and love it!