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  • Hodder Children's Books

Fish: A refugee's story of hope and survival

L.S. Matthews

7 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, Refugees & political asylum, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Winner of the Fidler Award 2002, this is a fresh, original adventure story with an exotic setting - introducing a character and a journey which defy traditional description.

Fish is an adventure story about the journey of a family of aid-workers, as they and their child, Tiger, flee from a country beset by drought and war. Just before the family leave, Tiger finds a fish struggling for life in a drying-up puddle - and decides that they have to save it. And so they set off on a dangerous journey, across the mountains - the fish's precarious grip on survival mirroring their own.

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Praise for Fish: A refugee's story of hope and survival

  • Stunning debut novel - The Glasgow Herald

  • the fable-like quality of the telling has a subdued power. - Linda Newbery, TES

  • Matthews allows just enough detail - and heart - to make miracles feel possible. - Book of the week, Publishers Weekly

  • powerful and often surreal tale - Western Gazette

  • A very unusual book, it maintained its pace ... the characters are so well drawn. - Armadillo

  • A wonderful story of survival simply and powerfully told. - Daily Echo

  • A strong, tender story ... I highly recommend this book. - Children's Books in Ireland

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