Fish Out of Water

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:coming of age, gender roles, toxic masculinity, Jewish culture, community service
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  • Available:09/22/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:2.9
  • Lexile:HL470L
  • ATOS:3.5
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:R
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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?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

“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
“These quality, relatable novels are ideal for students at the middle school level who benefit from ultra-readable formats.”
– School Library Journal (SLJ)
“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 (JBC)
“Uplifting, gentle…Exudes inter-generational warmth, family love, and friendship.”
– Association of Jewish Libraries
Sydney Taylor Shmooze - Sydney Taylor Mock Award   | 2021  |  Winner
Children’s Book Council & National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People   | 2021  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2021  |  Commended
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Willow   | 2021  |  Nominated

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