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Fish Out of Water

by Joanne Levy

tagged: adolescence, multigenerational, other, religious
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published: Sep 2020
ISBN:9781459826595
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

Twelve-year-old Fishel (Fish) Rosner doesn’t like regular “boy” things. He hates sports and would prefer to read or do crafts instead of climbing trees or riding dirt bikes with his friends. He also loves to dance.
But all his interests are considered “girly.” Fish doesn’t get why that’s a bad thing. He’s just interested in different things than other boys. When he asks his Bubby to teach him to knit, she tells him to go play outside. When he begs his mom to take him to Zumba, she enrolls him in water polo instead. Why does everyone else get to decide what Fish should or shouldn't do?

About the Author
Joanne Levy is the author of the middle grade novel Small Medium at Large. She can usually be found at her computer, channeling her younger self into books, and lives in Ontario with her husband and kids of the furred and feathered variety.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Reviews

“Though brief, this text masterfully connects the toxic masculinity to its roots in deep misogyny, making Fish a hero people of all genders can stand up and cheer for. All readers will appreciate this book’s nuanced messaging around gender roles and trusting yourself.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent story about gender roles and growing up…Fast-paced, and the ending is both satisfying and heartwarming…An excellent read-aloud choice, and its contents would provide many opportunities for discussion. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“High­ly rec­om­mend­ed...Fishel’s sto­ry zips along and the vocab­u­lary and length make it acces­si­ble even for reluc­tant read­ers…Read­ers will sup­port [Fish] through­out his strug­gle to pur­sue his own inter­ests and rise beyond labeling.”

— Jewish Book Council

“Uplifting, gentle…Exudes inter-generational warmth, family love, and friendship.”

— Association of Jewish Libraries

“These quality, relatable novels are ideal for students at the middle school level who benefit from ultra-readable formats.”

— School Library Journal

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