Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings

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Josh Stephenson’s thirteenth year starts with a baffling sequence of events. His estranged father has just sent him a taxidermied falcon for his birthday. His flirty seventeen-year-old girl cousin has moved into his house, using his bedroom as a passageway and taking bubble baths in the unlockable bathroom. And now he’s gone AWOL from school to escape the locker-room teasing about certain embarrassing anatomical changes. On top of all that, he’s in love, but wondering if dreams of love can ever come true. Hiding out in his secret hollow in a big rock by the sea, Josh tries to figure out once and for all: is his life being sucked into a black hole, or is this just being thirteen?

About Fridrik Erlings

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Fridrik Erlings is a screenwriter, graphic designer, musician, and author of the YA novel Benjamin Dove. In 1986 he founded the Sugarcubes with Björk before leaving music to pursue writing. He lives in Iceland. "Fish in the Sky is about the extreme pains and joys of being a teenager, the curious period in our lives that we all experience in more or less the same way regardless of our culture, country, race, or gender. Perhaps it is the one time in our whole lives when we are in fact the most perfect human beings we'll ever become. The question is: where will we go from there?" - Fridrik Erlings
Published September 11, 2012 by Candlewick. 289 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"My childhood has faded like a bright summer day....Before me is the black forest of my grown-up years...a thick undergrowth that I have to fight through to move onward....Is this being a grown-up?

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Fish in the Sky

The Bookbag

It's tremendously touching and there's a great deal of humour about it - Josh's discovery of his half a dozen pubes was an absolute catastrophe for him, but was both funny and reassuring for young readers.

Feb 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Fish in the Sky

City Book Review

He is changing a lot and the boys at school are bullying him about it so he stops going, and his teenage girl cousin moves into the room connected to his and has to go through his room to get to the bathroom that she spends a lot of time in.

Feb 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Fish in the Sky

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(Middle schools, high schools, small libraries, all libraries, etc.) Middle and High schools and public libraries may want to add this to their collections Where would you shelve it and why?

Dec 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Fish in the Sky

Reading Today Online

Adolescents have the same yearnings and issues no matter where they live in the world.

Nov 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Fish in the Sky

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