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Goldfish: A Novel

By: Nat Luurtsema

After a young swimmer's dreams come to a screeching halt, she finds new, unlikely (boy) friends and a side of herself that she didn't know existed.

ISBN: 9781250089182

JLG Release: Oct 2016


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Medical: Eating Disorder
Topics: Swimming , Competition , Friendship , Reality television

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Awards & Honors

2017 USBBY Outstanding International Book List, Grades 6–8
ILA Young Adults’ Choices 2017 Reading List

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Louise’s Olympic dreams are dashed when she comes in dead last at a qualifying swim meet. Her best friend Hannah takes what Lou thought would be her spot at a prestigious swim training institute, and Lou dejectedly goes back to school, where her teammates won’t speak to her and her coach tells her she’s done. Lou resigns herself t Louise’s Olympic dreams are dashed when she comes in dead last at a qualifying swim meet. Her best friend Hannah takes what Lou thought would be her spot at a prestigious swim training institute, and Lou dejectedly goes back to school, where her teammates won’t speak to her and her coach tells her she’s done. Lou resigns herself to a dull year, and then three boys desperate to win a TV talent competition recruit her to train them in synchronized swimming. Lou scrambles to learn about the sport, and things come humorously to a head when the group decides to rehearse in the fish- and marine mammal–filled tanks at a local aquarium. Rarely, if ever, in YA do you see a friendship among three boys and a girl where there is no romantic melodrama (a crush does develop, at a slow burn, between Lou and one of the boys). Lou’s voice is irreverent and self-deprecating, and the way Luurtsema explores body image—with Lou grappling with her perceptions about her athletic, decidedly-not-hourglass shape and trying to decide if she even cares whether boys look at her a certain way or not—is refreshing. That, and the fact that Lou is biracial and suffers no identity crisis about it, sets her apart. If the premise of this British import feels somewhat unrealistic, and Lou’s swim coach seems unnecessarily, impossibly cruel, Goldfish makes up for it with a protagonist who really acts and sounds her age. sarah hannah gómez

Book Details

ISBN

9781250089182

First Release

October 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Medical: Eating Disorder

Topics

Swimming, Competition, Friendship, Reality television,

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