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My Life in the Fish Tank

By: Barbara Dee

When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning’s older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with a mental illness, the family’s world is turned upside down. Mom and Dad want Zinny, her sixteen-year-old sister, Scarlett, and her eight-year-old brother, Aiden, to keep Gabriel’s condition “private”—and to Zinny that sounds the same as “secret.” Which means she can’t talk about it to her two best friends, who don’t understand why Zinny keeps pushing them away, turning everything into a joke.

It also means she can’t talk about it during Lunch Club, a group run by the school guidance counselor. How did Zinny get stuck in this weird club, anyway? She certainly doesn’t have anything in common with these kids—and even if she did, she’d never betray her family’s secret.

The only good thing about school is science class, where cool teacher Ms. Molina has them doing experiments on crayfish. And when Zinny has the chance to attend a dream marine biology camp for the summer, she doesn’t know what to do. How can Zinny move forward when Gabriel—and, really, her whole family—still needs her help?

ISBN: 9781534432338

JLG Release: Nov 2020

Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Topics: Manic-depressive illness , Mentally ill children , Brothers and sisters , Family life , Friendship , Middle schools , Support groups

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Book Details



First Release

November 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 620L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion


Manic-depressive illness, Mentally ill children, Brothers and sisters, Family life, Friendship, Middle schools, Support groups,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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