Halifax-based children’s writer, Jessica Scott Kerrin, launched her latest fiction series, The Lobster Chronicles. The first installment in this new trilogy, Lower the Trap, was released in bookstores by Kids Can Press in 2012.
The trilogy, aimed at middle readers, centers on the accidental capture of a giant lobster. Set in a fictional East Coast fishing community, she examines, through the eyes of three very different boys, how their lives change after the capture of a gargantuan lobster. Graeme Swinimer, a budding marine biologist, struggles with what to do about the lobster that his fisherman father has caught. Norris Fowler, the owner’s son of the town cannery, has his own ideas about where the giant lobster should end up. Ferguson Beaver, grandson of a retired fisherman, rallies a group from the local seniors; resident to force a debate about the fate of the behemoth.
“I am fascinated by the rich history of Nova Scotia, and in particular, our relationship to the sea. The largest lobster ever caught was off Nova Scotia’s coast back in 1977. It weighed 44 pounds!”
When asked what sparked her interest in giant lobsters, she replied, “Every once in a while, fishermen still come across giant lobsters, and this always captures the public’s attention. These crustaceans are not particularly attractive creatures, and yet they command a considerable amount of respect, given their extreme advanced age.”
She recognizes that featuring a giant lobster is unique in the world of children’s literature. “Sure, I could have written about ponies or orphaned kittens. But there are plenty of those already for readers to chose from.”
When asked if she is fond of lobsters, she replied, “Absolutely. My husband, Peter, makes delicious lobster bisque.”
Jessica Scott Kerrin is most known for her award-winning eight-book series for boys called Martin Bridge. which was also published by Kids Can Press. Selling over 140,000 copies to date, these chapter books were inspired by the adventures of her husband and son.
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