Lower The Trap

Lower the Trap


Nominated for a Hackmatack Award, Lower the Trap is the first installment in The Lobster Chronicles, a trilogy about how life changes for three boys in a small coastal town when a giant lobster is caught in a trap.

Graeme Swinimer knows every nook and cranny of his fishing community of Lower Narrow Spit. What’s left for a future marine biologist to discover? But when Graeme’s dad catches a gargantuan lobster with antennae the size of bicycle spokes, the discovery soon has the whole town abuzz. Graeme is thrilled when his dad promises to put the creature up for auction at the town’s annual lobster festival and, if it gets the highest bid, use the prize money to take Graeme to a marine research aquarium. But what if the right thing would be to set the lobster free?

Find out by capturing your own copy from Kids Can Press.

Lower the Trap is the first book in The Lobster Chronicles, a trilogy about how life changes for three boys in a small coastal town when a giant lobster is caught. Each book describes the same events thorough a different boy’s eyes, making for three suspenseful, believable stories and an engrossing reading experience.


For a preview, download: LOWER THE TRAP – Chapter One. You might also want to watch a video about Maritime places that inspired the series.

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  • “How reassuring it is (for children) to find that not all heroes are larger-than-life figures but are just like them, complete with frailties and foibles as well as qualities of greatness. Graeme wins our sympathy as doubts assail him, and we become deeply involved in his dilemma as he confronts it with genuine emotion and developing awareness.” Aileen Wortley, Canadian Children’s Book News, summer, 2012.
  • “The ethical dilemma that Graeme faces will get readers thinking about how to treat other living things. It’s perfect for the reader who appreciates the story itself, and doesn’t need action on every page.” Sweet on Books, July, 2012.
  • “This new series is perfect for young readers. They will love reading about Graeme and they will lover every part of the book. We, of course, can’t wait for the next one in thee series.” Social Cafe Magazine, June, 2012.
  • “Jessica creates fun characters. While Graeme is shown to be clever and likeable, the bully is shown to be smart as well. Judging by the first entry in the series, it looks like The Lobster Chronicles will be a fun trilogy.” Portland Book Review, June, 2012.
  • “Kerrin uses a child’s natural curiosity for the strange and spectacular to explore an important aspect of Canadian life that will be unfamiliar to those who live in parts of the country where commercial fishing is not a way of life. Her approach to the series, in which each book will be told from the perspective of a different narrator, has the potential to be a powerful teaching tour.” Quill and Quire, March, 2012.
  • “Kerrin, author of the Martin Bridge chapter-book series, aims for a slightly older audience in this first installment of a planned trilogy. Set in a fictional Nova Scotia fishing village, the books will examine, through the eyes of three separate boys, how their life changes with the capture of a gargantuan lobster. Kerrin conveys a believable plot with minimal text that’s driven by spot-on dialogue. A cast of colourful characters and a satisfying ending will leave readers wondering whose story is next.” Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2012.
  • “Lobster is Halifax’s quintessential food. Inspired by the iconic sea creature, Jessica proves that certain shellfish never go bad.” The Coast Shopping Guide: 100 Great Things to Buy, 2012 Edition.