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What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? And Other Stories

What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? And Other Stories

1998 Picture Books
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Avi
Illustrator: Tracy Mitchell
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-0329-5
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Here is a superior collection of seven stories about, and for 8-12 year olds. One of the best is about a boy's natural desire to learn something about the homeless man who sits across the street from his apartment house; another concerns a girl's sadness after her brother has run away from their unhappy home. There is also a spine-tingling ghost story about two pet cats who have recently died, and a memorable account of a birthday party like no other.

Often Avi’s stories take place in troubled homes, but all of them are about matters of interest to their audiences: peer pressures, unfair teachers, the need to be popular. The author’s voice strikes the right notes, and the black and white prints, one at the start of each tale give a tantalizing inkling of what is to come.

Selma G. Lanes   ©1998 Parents' Choice

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