Bluefish

Bluefish

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Thirteen-year-old Travis has a secret: he can't read. But a shrewd teacher and a sassy girl are about to change everything in this witty and deeply moving novel.

Travis is missing his old home in the country, and he's missing his old hound, Rosco. Now there's just the cramped place he shares with his well-meaning but alcoholic grandpa, a new school, and the dreaded routine of passing when he's called on to read out loud. But that's before Travis meets Mr. McQueen, who doesn't take "pass" for an answer--a rare teacher whose savvy persistence has Travis slowly unlocking a book on the natural world. And it's before Travis is noticed by Velveeta, a girl whose wry banter and colorful scarves belie some hard secrets of her own. With sympathy, humor, and disarming honesty, Pat Schmatz brings to life a cast of utterly believable characters--and captures the moments of trust and connection that make all the difference.
ISBN: 9780763663414
Branch Call Number: FIC Schma
Characteristics: rda
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226 pages

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Starpoem
Dec 04, 2016

* Bluefish starts off pretty depressing, but it moves toward hope. I like the themes of friendship and forgiveness.

* This book is great for nature lovers. It makes me want to walk in the woods right now.

* It's also great for book lovers. A lot of famous books are referenced, and many important scenes take place in a public library and in a junior high reading class.

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Brown_Monkey_29
Mar 16, 2012

This book is strange. It has almost no plot. However, I found myself enthralled by Velveeta's snappy little comments and Travis' intense solemnity. I would recommend this book, but not if you're an action or intense romance person. This is a realistic fiction novel.
All in all, it was pretty good, like I said. If you haven't read it, and you like realistic fiction, I'd recommend this book!

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Brown_Monkey_29
Mar 16, 2012

Brown_Monkey_29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Brown_Monkey_29
Mar 16, 2012

Travis moves to a new town with his grandpa, after recently losing his beloved dog. When he meets spunky, scarf-wearing, retro Velveeta (yes, that's her name!) and her tiny, squeaky-voiced little friend, Travis' life is turned upside down. He learns how to read, and he learns that change is sometimes a good thing, and that good friends don't care if you can't do certain things. They just care if you're kind.

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Brown_Monkey_29
Mar 16, 2012

"Even a stupid bluefish had that one figured out a long time ago."

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