A Free Chapter Book for Kids Who Love the Ocean

Meet Jim Tucker, a boy with a knack for fishing and a gift for death-defying adventures!

Fisher Jim CoverJim Tucker is having a tough year. His parents have decided to separate. He has flunked most of his school tests. And the less said about the gummed-up sewage pipe, the better.

When his Dad says that there will be no fishing tomorrow, his collapse is complete.

But Jim has a cunning plan. Sure, it may involve “borrowing” the family skiff, playing chicken with the Harbormaster, and racing the Coast Guard, but these are trivial challenges for a boy born and bred on the Fisher River.

As Jim takes his boat down the Great Marsh, he begins to develop a strategy about how to catch the biggest prize of all—his Mom. If he can lure her back home, then life is bound to improve.

Unfortunately, the weather has other ideas. Any fisherman can conquer a clogged fuel filter, vicious seagulls, and nosy adults, but what will he do about the storm?

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Why Kids Ages 8-12 Will Love Fisher Jim

Not every kid loves to read. But every kid in my family loves to fish. That’s how Fisher Jim came to be.

I wrote this free eBook for reluctant readers, the kind of boy or girl who prefers to be doing rather than sitting. Especially if it involves messing about in boats.

Here’s why it might appeal to the wordphobics in your group:

  • LOTS OF COMEDY: It’s a humorous adventure for kids ages 8-12 and designed for reading aloud. Don’t miss the Coast Guard chase!
  • EASY CHAPTERS: Chapters are short & sweet. Find your favorite one using the Chapter List in the sidebar.
  • KID WORDS: Jim tells the story from a 10-year-old point of view, so the vocabulary isn’t super-advanced. (There are no swear words, but Jim is feisty—be prepared for terms like “effing.”)
  • DRAWINGS: Each chapter is embellished with exciting illustrations from Spike Wademan.

And it’s local! Massachusetts kids will recognize Essex and Gloucester landmarks in Jim’s journey. I’ve changed some of the names for fictional purposes, but the geography is the same.

How This Online Chapter Book Works

READING IT: You can read this free eBook for kids in the online version, the full PDF of the book, or you can use the link at the bottom of each page to print a copy of that chapter.

EXPLORING IT: Cape Ann is one of New England’s most beautiful and precious resources. In the sidebar and footer, I’ve included links to local organizations that have family-friendly activities. Choose your own adventure!

SHARING IT: Fisher Jim is free for everyone—kids, parents, librarians, and teachers! Use the social “Share” buttons to share your favorite chapters and episodes.

Hearing More from Jim Tucker

Have a question about the Tuckers? Get in touch with me through the contact form. You might even want to tell Spike Wademan how much you like his drawings!

Read Chapter One

Fisher Jim – Free eBook for Kids