A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fish Girl offers lessons in assertiveness, in standing up for your personal freedom.
No one should inflict captivity on another human being. Friends can work together to support each other in times of need. Every person needs a sense of independence.
Positive Role Models
At the beginning of Fish Girl, the main character doesn't even know her own name. She begins to question her captivity and finds the courage to slip out of her tank at night. Her friend Livia helps her find the courage to escape.
Violence & Scariness
Mira summons a devastating storm that destroys property but does not physically harm anyone. A somewhat creepy male teen follows Fish Girl around before he's struck by a wave.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fish Girl is a graphic novel co-written by Donna Jo Napoli and three-time Caldecott Medalist (and illustrator) David Wiesner. It depicts a teen mermaid's attempt to escape from captivity. Violence is limited to the conjuring of a destructive storm. There's no objectionable language, sexual content, or substance use.
Is It Any Good?
Gorgeous underwater visuals distinguish this understated tale of a young woman testing the boundaries of freedom. Fish Girl moves at a measured pace, relishing small moments rather than outsized gestures. David Wiesner's detailed, immersive art may be the big draw for many readers, but Donna Jo Napoli's script is sensitive and involving. Anyone who dreams of living under the sea will be captivated by this unusual graphic novel.
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