Swim That Rock
Swim That Rock
Swim That Rock
John Rocco, Jay Primiano, John Rocco
A young working-class teen fights to save his family’s diner after his father is lost in a fishing-boat accident. When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time. Told with cinematic suspense and a true compassion for the characters, Swim That Rock is a fast-paced coming-of-age story that beautifully and evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • For Reluctant Readers

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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This book is about a boy named Jake who lives in a small town near the ocean in Narragansett Rhode Island.  Jake will make you root for him from the very first chapter.

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Swim That Rock was a rather interesting book. It is about a boy named Jake whose dad went missing after a huge storm. The Italian-American Club is threatening to take his diner away if they dont pay ten thousand dollars by the end of the month. With the support of local quahoggers, family, and friends, he tries to save the diner. Although he did not get the ten thousand dollars, one simple act of kindness saved the diner for jake and his mother.



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