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Leaving Protection

Press: Perfection Learning (April 5, 2005)
Publication Date:2005-4
Author Name:Hobbs, Will


From the author of Far North comes this story about a 16-year-old boy whose dream of working on a salmon boat in Alaska's outside waters turns into a nightmare.

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Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels hopes to earn money for college by working on a fishing trawler in southeastern Alaska during the king salmon season.
He has no luck finding a job until he encounters Tor Torsen.
Robbie soon discovers that in addition to fishing, Torsen hopes to find plaques that early Russian explorers buried in the late eighteenth century as they lay claim to Alaska.
Torsen plans to sell the plaques illegally, until he and Robbie are caught in a huge storm.
Hobbs blends details about salmon fishing in the dangerous waters off Alaska as well as a few well-placed pieces of Russian history into a taut, exciting novel.
At the center of the story is Torsen, who comes across as ambiguous and complex, never a black-and-white villain despite his illegal acts.
The first-person narration adds immediacy, especially in the final chapters, which describe the storm in action-packed detail.
Todd MorningCopyright © American Library Association.
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Though Protection is Robbie's Alaskan port where his family works at subsistence fishing, he leaves his safe childhood when he becomes the mysterious Tor's deckhand. 
Known for a successful salmon fishing business but not his discovery of historical treasures buried along the Alaskan coast, Tor barely reveals himself.
Either the silence scares Robbie into fearing for his life, because he knows about Tor's secrets, or Hobbs has insufficiently villainized Tor, but the only proven danger is slippery decks and high winds.
None of the characters are convincing and most of the text is problematic.
First-person narrator Robbie flips from present to past tense, using the present to explain fishing and past tense to describe his adventure, most of which is slow and laborious.
Light characterization, in combination with slow text, harms the reading experience, until the final monster storm, when past and present meld together into a fiery pitch with a sugary denouement.
In a final word, Hobbs provides background information and further reading suggestions.
For patient fishing enthusiasts who are willing to wait for a final thrill.
9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)

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About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. 
Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic.
When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.

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  •     Love this author

  •     Having fished in Alaska, I found Mr. Hobbs ability to take me back onto a boat extraordinary. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for the adventurous souls in your life.

  •     Don't judge a book by its cover is a lesson learned in this book. Easy read for pre-teens. Fast read for adults. Great story with an important lesson. Highly recommend.

  •     This book is about a boy named Robbie whotries to get a job as a fisherman. He has alwayswanted to be a fisherman.

  •     good book

  •     this book is the best i love it i didnt even put it down it can become expensive though but that dosnt matter when you love fishing like me so this book was the best for people...

  •     Enjoyed the story even though I'm not a teen.

  •     Will Hobbs is no stranger to the genre of realistic nature-related fiction. I would in fact find it safe to say that Will Hobbs has mastered this genre. Leaving Protection is a great example of his L33T \/\/r1t1|\|g 5k1llz. Leaving Protection is a story of a boy named Robbie, who leaves his floathouse home at Port Protection to get a job as a deckhand to a salmon troller. He arrives in the port town of Craig to find that nearly all the openings for deckhands have been taken. Luckily, he gets a tip from a local that a certain "highliner," or very successful fisherman, might be able to use his help. Well, Robbie's curiosity gets the better of him as he begins to snoop about aboard the guy's boat, and stumbles across this odd plaque. The captain of the Storm Petrel, Tor Torsen, catches him and after much begging, Robbie manages to persuade the highliner captain to hire him - or so he thinks. Robbie eventually learns from Tor the meaning of the plaques. The plaques were buried along the coast hundreds of years before by the Russians to stake their claim on Alaska. Tor hunts for these plaques and unearths them to sell on the black market for his retirement fund. As they pursue these plaques, Robbie feels as though danger is imminent. Does he know too much? What does Tor have in store for him? Meanwhile, a monstrous storm approaches. What is Robbie to do? The main reason behind my great enjoyment of Leaving Protection was Will Hobbs's attention to detail. Hobbs makes such colorful descriptions of the fishing. As I read Leaving Protection, I could feel my sea legs returning. I braced as the Storm Petrel skipped across the bay. I saw the ever so lustrous King salmon leap out from the water. I heard the dull thud of the gaff making contact with its skull. I could feel the sea spray on my face and taste the salty water on my tongue when a swell came. One problem I initially encountered was a weak sense of character complexity, but when you live on a boat for a couple weeks, it doesn't take a three-ring circus to entertain you. Besides, the filler between the single-sided suspense is probably the best part, sort of like a 99¢ cheeseburger from McDonald's: the air-pocketed storyline holds the compressed, pre-cut character patty in place, while what appears to be a half-melted slice of cheesy nothingness keeps it all glued. Try pulling the bun off, and half of it is stuck to the cheese, while the other half is in flakes on your lap. You can't slip the meat out, because that cheese is sticking for good. The fishing is the source of calcium. It strengthens your structure and it's the only thing in that sandwich that's good for you. I may be able to better appreciate Will Hobbs's descriptions because I have sport-fished for salmon in Southeastern Alaska on three occasions. However, even if you have never seen live salmon, Will Hobbs does a great job of depicting the actual setting - it's even historically accurate. I think Leaving Protection deserves a full 5 points, and if I had another dollar, I'd buy another burger.

  •     It didn't really like it because it was really hard to get in to. There was to many details if u like details fine but it was hard to get in to

  •     Review by Scott Sammons, Christina's husband using her account.I was introduced to this book through "The Battle of the Books" competition. It is well written and very thought provoking,The author does a good job of separating fact from fiction in this story. There is a great deal of action and adventure and plenty of suspense. A short well paced read for the Junior high to High school reader but enjoyable for the adults who share their lives. We will be recommending it to others and enjoying the discussions that it provokes.

  •     this is a good book, and if the readers are not familiar with the the nautical words, they may spend a lot of time looking up words -- the story line is good.

  •     our grandson just went up to ak to fish and i wanted him to read this kids trip to compare

  •     My daughter read this book over the summer and loved it! It was an exciting story and a fast read. She would definitely recommend it to other middle school students.


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