The One O'Clock Chop

novel by Ralph Fletcher

The One O'Clock Chop is a young adult novel by written by Ralph Fletcher, first published in 2007.

The One O'Clock Chop
AuthorRalph Fletcher
GenreYoung Adult
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)


Ralph Fletch drew up on own experiences in being a clam digger when he was between seventeen and twenty years old. He considers this his first piece of historical fiction and talked to many Hawaiian women while writing this novel.[1]

Plot summaryEdit

Matt, a fourteen your old boy living on Long Island in 1973, takes a job with Dan, a clam digger. He wants to save up enough money to buy a used boat. Jazzy, Matt's cousin from Hawaii comes to spend the summer with Matt and his mother. Jazzy and Matt become kissing cousins until Jazzy becomes interested in another boy. They finally become friends again and Matt learns to stand up for himself.

Explanation of the novel's titleEdit

The One O'Clock Chop is a daily breeze that suddenly moves across the bay where Matt lives roughening up the smooth surface. Dan says "the old salts say you can set your watch by it."[2]


  1. Blasingame, James (February 2008). "INTERVIEW WITH RALPH FLETCHER". Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 51 (5): 430–431. ISSN 1081-3004.
  2. Fletcher, Ralph J. (2007). The One O'Clock Chop. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). p. 18. ISBN 978-0-8050-8143-5.


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