THE FISHERMAN'S SON by MARILYN PEAKE
The Fisherman's Son is a children's novel filled with
fantasy, adventure and the heroic qualities of a brave,
young boy. At the same time, it includes accurate and
beautiful descriptions of life under the ocean, villages
similar to those of real nineteenth century island
villages, and cities similar to those of ancient Greece and
Rome. Part of the book is based on research accounts of
what may have happened to Atlantis if it once existed.
The main character is a twelve-year-old boy named Wiley
O'Mara. He lives on an island far up north where it is very
cold, around the beginning of the nineteenth century. The
island scenery and culture in some ways resemble that of
Ireland around the same time. After meeting a dolphin who
allows him to swim underwater, Wiley takes part in an
extraordinary adventure through which he and the dolphin
accomplish an incredible rescue mission. Along the way,
Wiley and his friend encounter both real and imaginary
creatures - the real fish, dolphins, coral reefs and
changing depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, as well as
imaginary creatures in the island forest and ocean depths
surrounding Wiley's home.
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