New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous bookNext book >>

What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?

(1997)
A collection of stories by

 
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8. These short stories affirm the ability of their main characters to choose their fate. In the title story, Willie bravely searches for the cure for unhappiness. It, and the other stories, show readers the resilience and power of kids using their eyes and minds over accepting conventional adult wisdom. In "Pets," Eve comes up with a solution to the ghost cats who want her to join them, even though she is desperately ill. In "Teacher Tamer," Gregory sneaks into the house of his teacher to seek revenge for her persecution of him; instead, he comes to understand her. Whether facing a domineering mother, divorced parents, or a reputation as a bad guy, the protagonists take positive steps forward. It is this constant of taking action, of choosing the halo over the pitchfork, that make these stories inspiring. Some characters are crass and brash; others are introspective and quiet. Danger lurks in guns, ghosts, strangers, and unjust adults. It's a rare treat to be so surprised so consistently in a collection of stories that still adheres to its theme. Unpredictable and fun, these selections stand out for their inventiveness in dealing with difficult issues in a positive way without sacrificing the honest voices of real kids.?Carol A. Edwards, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Parents' Choice®
Here is a superior collection of seven stories about, and for 8-12 year olds. One of the best is about a boy's natural desire to learn something about the homeless man who sits across the street from his apartment house; another concerns a girl's sadness after her brother has run away from their unhappy home. There is also a spine-tingling ghost story about two pet cats who have recently died, and a memorable account of a birthday party like no other.

Often Avi's stories take place in troubled homes, but all of them are about matters of interest to their audiences: peer pressures, unfair teachers, the need to be popular. The author's voice strikes the right notes, and the black and white prints, one at the start of each tale give a tantalizing inkling of what is to come. A 1998 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor.

Reviewed by Selma G. Lanes, Parents' Choice® 1998

From Kirkus Reviews
Avi (Finding Providence, p. 56, etc.) has experimented with virtually every literary form; here the versatile veteran returns to short fiction with seven thoughtful tales. In the title story a sixth grader's melancholy in the wake of his father's departure breaks when a street person offers a cure for unhappiness; the light tone of the following tale, ''The Goodness of Matt Kaizer,'' in which a daredevil minister's son learns, to his regret, that he's fundamentally a decent sort, gives way to the eeriness of ''Talk To Me,'' about a telephone that takes to ringing at exactly 4:00--but no one is on the line. In other episodes, Eve's dead ''Pets'' return to rescue her from two demanding ghost cats, a seventh grader finds out ''What's Inside'' when he narrowly thwarts an older cousin's suicide, and Gregory realizes that a compliment makes a better ''Teacher Tamer'' than a stink bomb. Mitchell contributes small black-and- white chapter openers, mostly portraits, to each story. Appealingly varied in tone and narrative voice, rich in character insights, and replete with imaginatively presented ideas, these tales offer something to please almost everyone. (Short stories. 9-14) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Ingram
In the overlapping years when childhood and adolescence blend, nothing is certain and everything is changing. Now award-winning author Avi creates seven portraits of life in the middle-school years. In "What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything, " William wonders why he shouldn't ask questions that have no answers. Is it because he might discover the truth?.

 
Used availability for Avi's What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?


See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US
 

Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: What Do Fish Have To Do With Anything? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1-4176-3231-3 / 978-1-4176-3231-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1997 : USA Library Binding
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?: And Other Stories
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-613-06161-6 / 978-0-613-06161-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?: And Other Stories
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-7636-0329-5 / 978-0-7636-0329-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1997 : USA Turtleback
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?: And Other Stories
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-606-13896-X / 978-0-606-13896-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-7636-2319-9 / 978-0-7636-2319-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

1998 : USA Paperback
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? And Other Stories
Author(s): AVI**
ISBN: 0-590-21816-6 / 978-0-590-21816-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
Availability: Amazon   

November 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-7636-0412-7 / 978-0-7636-0412-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?: And Other Stories
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Candlewick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



Search for