Shark Beneath the Reef
By Jean Craighead George
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Like his father and grandfather before him, 14-year-old TomAs Torres dreams of catching a great shark in the Sea of Cortez — and he will catch it, although there are other things he should be thinking about. With an education, her could someday become a marine biologist. TomAs's family want him to stay in school. But TomAs knows he will be more help to them if he leaves school now to become a fisherman. Should he drop out? The choice is TomAs alone — a difficult one for a boy just becoming a man. It is only underwear, in a confrontation with the fisherman's greatest prize and worst enemy, that TomAs finds the strength to make his decision.