Author(s): L.S. Matthews
Original Publish Date: Apr 14, 2009
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Audio (3.22 hours)
Product Number: Z100011585
Released: Apr 14, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739386057
Narrator/s: Jenna Lamia
Publisher: Listening Library
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A compelling novel that touches upon the hardships that refugees face and their resilience in the most dire of situations, "celebrat[ing] the human spirit and inherent kindness" (School Library Journal). My story starts the day that my parents told me we must leave our adopted home forever. Because of the soldiers and the drought we barely had enough to eat and we could no longer stay to help the people in our village. The journey would be hard—to cross the mountains and get to the safety of the border and the people there who could help us. But right before we were leaving, I saw a fish in a small brown puddle and I knew I had to take it with me. Yet when I put the fish in the pot, I never realized what we would have to face. It never occurred to me to leave Fish behind. A subtle and sophisticated exploration of life, the strength of humanity, and survival in an unforgiving world, Fish is a story that will teach those who doubt that, when hope is almost extinguished, miracles can happen. ALA Notable Children's Book Choice Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Winner of the Fidler Award [STAR] "Matthews allows just enough detail—and heart—to make miracles feel possible."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "An amazing book."—The Washington Post "Exciting and filled with crises and adventure it is a story that celebrates the human spirit and inherent kindness."—School Library Journal "Matthews is a compelling new voice."—VOYA

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Author(s): L.S. Matthews
Product Number EB00168238
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Yearling
ISBN: #9780307523778

Professional reviews

"In an unnamed country, a child of unspecified age and gender, nicknamed Tiger, flees the ravages of war with the help of aid-worker parents, a wise and compassionate guide, a burro, and a fish that Tiger has rescued from a drying puddle. Danger lurks around every bend--soldiers, bandits, inhospitable terrain, lack of food and water. Despite the bleakness of the story, Matthews allows us into a world that can yet be saved by kindness. Jenna Laima's narration shines. Her subtle delivery perfectly captures the anguish and terror of Tiger's situation. The absence of overdramatization enhances the power of this quiet story of bravery and growth born of desperate situations. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"