Waiting on Wednesday–Swim That Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

I’m always searching for books that will appeal to my male readers in class; Swim That Rock sounds like a great book for many of them. I’m curious about it being written by two authors when it appears to be told by only one point of view (based on the summary). If you’ve read it already, I’d love to know what you think!

Swim That RockTitle & Author: Swim That Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano

Release Date: April 8th, 2014

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary (From Goodreads):

 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.


  1. This one sounds interesting. Great pick!

    This is our WOW of this week.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

  2. I’ve not heard of this one before or the author. It sounds intriguing. Thanks so much for sharing this week. Have a great weekend and happy reading. My WoW

  3. Wow, this sounds like a really different YA – male POV, suspenseful…fishing boat action? Anyway, interesting. Different. Thanks for sharing!

    Come check out my WoW

  4. I had a chance to read a pre-release of this book because (full disclosure!) Jay Primiano is my neighbor. You would never know it has dual authors by reading it. It flows well, with just the right mix of suspense, adventure, and joy. Jay and John capture the pre-teen/teen boy experience pretty well. My kids, 10 and 13 year old boys, both loved it. In fact, we were trying to read it out loud together but my older boy squirreled it away and finished it first! Can’t wait to “swim that rock” with Jay and John this summer!

  5. cavitabile says:

    An excellent book that I plan on book talking a lot to the 5 – 8th graders during summer reading outreach

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