Selby the Lobster


Shortlisted, 2012 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award

In this story, biologist Downer takes a different approach from his two previous books (Selina: An Atlantic Salmon and Schnider: A Harp Seal Story). Selby’s habitat and lifecycle, are explored in perspective with the lobster fisherman who wants to catch him. Readers learn about the Atlantic lobster and about the people who struggle to make a living by harvesting them.

The story follows Selby’s life in Ragged Harbour, foraging for food and avoiding predators, including Jake the lobster fisher, who really wants to catch Selby. A fierce storm destroys a lot of Jake’s fishing gear and brings about a change in the way he regards the sea and its many creatures – including Selby the Lobster.

Natural science for young people