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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

About the Author

L. S. Matthews first novel for young readers, which won the Fidler Award. She is also the author of A Dog for Life, Lexi, and The Outcasts. She lives and writes in England, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780440420217
ISBN-10: 0440420210
Publisher: Yearling Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2006
Pages: 183
Language: English