Fish by L.S. Matthews

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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.

Right before we were leaving I saw a fish in a small brown puddle and I knew I had to take it with me. The journey would be hard to get across the mountains—to the safety of the border and the people there who could help
us. 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.

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About L.S. Matthews

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L. S. Matthews has written poetry and short stories since she was a child. Today she writes full-time in England, where she lives with her husband and her two children. Her first book for young readers, Fish, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and was a Borders Original Voices Book.
Published January 16, 2009 by Yearling. 194 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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Led by a wise guide, husband-and-wife aid workers and their young child, Tiger, are the last to leave, heading for a nation whose borders have been closed to refugees.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Coca vegetarian flat bread--Sicilian pesto trapanese, Sun Smilling Valley Farm mixed mushrooms, Laura Chanel goat cheese and seasonal vegetables-- and french fries with Skool Miso Aioli at Skool restaurant during dinner in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, November 18, 2010.

Nov 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Fish

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this engrossing, uplifting story of survival could be used to discuss the costs of war, humanitarian aid workers, and refugees in nearly any conflict on earth.

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"'One fish is just one fish after all.'" However, Tiger's parents, and the Guide who takes them across the border, help Tiger transport the fish.

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Along the way they encounter hardship, privations, and soldiers, but Tiger is determined to keep the fish alive until they reach their destination.

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