Fish Out of Water
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?
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About the Author
Joanne Levy is the award-winning author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble, Fish Out of Water and The Book of Elsie in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels The Sun Will Come Out, Small Medium At Large and Sorry For Your Loss, which was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and won the Canadian Jewish Literature Award. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.
"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"
"High-ly rec-om-mend-ed...Fishel's sto-ry zips along and the vocab-u-lary and length make it acces-si-ble even for reluc-tant read-ers...Read-ers will sup-port [Fish] through-out his strug-gle to pur-sue his own inter-ests and rise beyond labeling."-- "Jewish Book Council"
"Uplifting, gentle...Exudes inter-generational warmth, family love, and friendship."-- "Association of Jewish Libraries"