The Landing is an unique novel that explores what life is like for a poor family surrounded by rich cottagers. The main character, a 15 year old boy named Ben Mercer, lives a hard life in a small, crippled farm house at the shore of a lake. The only money his family makes is from fixing boats and selling smokes to cottagers on nearby islands. When a wealthy cottager on a neighbouring island offers to pay Ben and his family a lot of money to fix up her cottage, Ben begin to discover his true talents.
This book would definitely fit under the coming of age category. My favourite part of the book is when Ruth Chapman (the wealthy woman who gives Ben the job of fixing her cottage), hosts a party at her cottage, and invites Ben to play his violin. Ben is usually sad and stressed out, and it felt good to read about him happily playing square dance songs for 30 guests.
If you are between the ages 11 and 15 and are into meaningful life stories, this is the book for you. The only reason that I recommend this book to older readers is that there are many instances of people smoking cigarettes and drinking at an inappropriate age. I’d give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.