An enchanting story about an adventurous girl and her day at sea with Bonefish Joe, one of the best-known bonefish guides in the Bahamas.
Young and fearless Flossie lives on Harbour Island, a small outpost in the Bahamas known for its exquisite three-mile pink sand beach and for bonefishing, a compelling catch-and-release enterprise that pits a determined angler against an inedible, surprisingly powerful, and elusive quarry.
Flossie’s persistent dream is to go fishing with the legendary guide Bonefish Joe, a beloved island institution who picks up his wealthy clients at the dock and returns with them hours later, still fishless but satisfied. One Sunday, after church, Flossie’s wish is surprisingly granted and she and her friend discover the allure, the challenge, and the delights of hooking (and releasing) one of angling’s greatest prizes.
Diana Wege’s lush and vibrant illustrations of the island, its inhabitants, its customs, and its architecture, bring this story alive, perfectly catching the character, culture, and charm of Harbour Island.
An oddly affecting children’s book…it is the young girl’s excitement and wonder that tug at your heart . . . To appreciate the book, you need to have it in your hands so you can see the delightful drawings that accompany the text. The overall feel of the slender volume is reminiscent of the Alexander McCall Smith books about a village in Botswana . . . I enjoyed it because it reminded me how special it was when I went fishing for the first time. It might have the same effect on you. You might want to give it to someone after you read it.
—Don Causey, The Angling Report