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Fish: a Novel

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Aid-worker family races to safety ahead of war.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Great narrator and wonderful book

This was not, for us, the typical children's book. This topic, of surviving war and hardship, was much deeper and exciting story. The narration is fabulous, keeping it attention and pleasant to hear. The topic is sensitive, possible leading to many questions and discussion, but excellent in offering perspective from the rest of the world of what life can be like in a way that is not too dramatic. There is one exert in which a man is killed and Tiger finds herself beside the dead body. My children handled it very well. They are 10 and 4 years old.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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With many layers of symbolism, this engrossing, uplifting survival story by a first-time author lingers in the mind long after the ending, and makes for a terrific discussion-group selection. It's interesting that Tiger's gender, race, and even the country and continent in which the story takes place are never mentioned; Tiger is Everychild, in everyplace where conflict and hardship are endemic.

Book Details

  • Author: L. S. Matthews
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: August 22, 2004
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 183
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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