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Leaving Fishers

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,275 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Dorry is unbearably lonely at her new high school until she meets Angela and her circle of friends. She soon discovers they all belong to a religious group, the Fishers of Men. At first, as Dorry becomes involved with the Fishers, she is eager to fit in and flattered by her new friends' attention. But the Fishers make harsh demands of their members, and Dorry must make gre ...more
Published May 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse (first published November 1st 1997)
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This is one of my very favorite books. It's definitely one of Haddix's creepiest works, and not for the reason you'd think. The heroine is a girl named Dorry, who after years of living in the country just moved to a big city. She thinks she's going to be totally alone all of junior year... until she meets Angela. Angela's friends are the nicest people Dorry's ever met. She soons learns that they're part of a religious group called the Fishers of Men. Desperate to fit in, Dorry willingly goes to ...more
Jody Casella
I heard Margaret Peterson Haddix talk about this book at a recent book signing and I was intrigued. It's one of her first books (she's written more than 30!) and she mentioned that it was the most difficult to write, probably because it has to do with religion.

I picked it up and found that it was an absorbing account of a girl's journey into a weird religious cult. Dorry's new in a big city suburban school and the only friendly people are kids that belong to a group called the Fishers. Totally
Karissa Akey
Dorry is a new girl that just moved from a small town in Ohio to the big city of Indianapolis. She is not that pretty and she does not really care about appearance. She wants to be noticed but she is not always wanted by other people. She is shy and does not want to be the center of attention. They moved because Dorry's dad got a new job, but their plan was to move back as soon as they could, which would be when Dorry graduates high school. Dorry is having a rough time making friends and she fe ...more
This is a solid YA novel about one teenage girl's brush with religious fanaticism.

Dorry is a lonely highschooler who's just moved to the Indianapolis suburbs. She's left all her friends behind, and she feels completely out of her depth at her new school. After a couple of miserable weeks, she's finally invited to join a group of students at lunch, who make it clear that they're eager to welcome her. Soon, they begin to invite her to parties and gatherings with their church group, the Fishers of
Margaret Peterson Haddix delievers another harrowing, thought-provoking, chilling book. It is much too real and believable for comfort. In fact, it may serve as a warning for what some of it's readers will encounter in their lives. Dorry, an averagely unpopular, average-looking, smart, hard-working tenth-grader moves to a new town with her averagely busy and lazy parents. Slowly but surely, she gets sweeped into a cult. It starts off as fun, with any unease quickly frosted with the shining, glos ...more
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I first read this book many years ago while reading all of Haddix's books, and then I wound up getting it for Christmas from my parents (who took me to a bookstore, let me pick out a bunch of books to buy, then paid for them and hid them until Christmas). I enjoyed rereading this old book - no, I don't think "enjoyed" is the right word. I "liked" getting to read it again, I'll say that. It's not really so much of an "enjoyable" read - it's
Karis Granger
This book is amazing!!!! It's so suspensful. This is a brief summary: (Don't worry, no spoilers here!)

Dorry Stevens just moved to Indianapollis, and started at new school. But she is extremely lonely there, and it seems like no one wants to talk to her! But then one day, a super nice girl named Angela invited Dorry to sit with her and her friends at lunch. By the end of the day, Dorry has a whole new group of friends who are all so nice and seem to really care about her and think she's important
0.5 stars.

I loathed this book. Not only is it very boring but also a hate fest. I you hate religion in all forms than you might like this book. But if you are like me and have faith (not the kind in this book, though) you probably won't like this book.

First of all, the church group that she joins is a cult even though they say that they aren't. Then her "friend" is truly evil. Noone is allowed to think for themselves and if you haven't been "saved" then you are doomed to hell. In fact if you do
I read this first when I was younger and re-read it recently because I was thinking about it so much. I love the gradual seamless progression of Dory's situation. You hardly notice she's in over her head until she realizes it too. I also love at the end how Dory says that she does not hate religion but she hates the way that the Fishers interpreted religion. I think that's so true. For anyone curious about how someone could fall for a cult or about religion, I'd recommend this as a great young a ...more
Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix follows Dorry who is feeling unliked and alone after her family moves to a new town. After meeting Angela and her group of friends she finally feels accepted. She then agrees to attend a church party with her new friends and then she slowly becomes wrapped up in their religion, the Fishers. While things at the beginning seem bright and wonderful they soon get harsher and more demanding of Dorry's time and energy to the point where she is putting her ac ...more
Jenni Frencham
Dorry has just moved to Indianapolis from a small town in Ohio. She is new at school and hasn't found a group to hang out with yet. When she is invited to eat with some classmates at lunch one day, she is so excited to finally be accepted and wanted. Later, she finds out that these classmates are all part of a religious group called the Fishers. She attends a few Fisher events and is so excited to discover love, acceptance, and happiness. She accepts the Fishers' message of faith without hesitat ...more
Leaving Fisher's is about an insecure girl in a new town looking for friends. She is welcomed by a group of seemingly happy, friendly students and she feels she has finally made some new friends. Turns out those happy friendly kids were apart of a cult called The Fisher's of Men and she finds herself trying to escape the harsh controlling life she has found herself in.

I loved the novel, but the aspects of the cult tended to scare me and catch me off guard. This was mainly because in high school
Sonya Huser
This is a realistic fiction for YA about Dorry, a slightly overweight, average, uninteresting teen who has just moved to Indy from a small town in Ohio. Having been at her new school for several weeks and not making any progress in the friendship department, she is adopted into a group of friends who are all part of a new church in the area, "Fishers of Men."
Dorry should probably recognize some warning signs, but doesn't and is soon swept into a cult.
At first she is honored guest at Fishers par
This book was extraordinary. It had to do a lot with religion; well the whole book was about religion, the fisher's religion. They don't just want to you to be baptized they want your whole life to turn to their "true" religion. Dory is a middle school girl that moved to Indianapolis because of her dad's job. Her whole life was back in Bryden, even though she didn't have a lot of friends she at least had a friend. On Dory's first week of school she acts super confident and in almost all her peri ...more
Have you ever felt like you are being forced to do things you dont want to by your friends? Well the book called Leaving Fishers is pretty much all about "friends" pushing her into doing things she doesn't want to do. The author had a good strategy to keep readers hooked to the book. What I did and didn't like about this book. I would recommend this book to youth or people still in high school.

"Do I really have to do this?" Dorry thought. Dorry didnt want to do a lot things her "friends" were h
Jennifer Wardrip
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This book was truly phenomenal! This is one of those books that you can't put down and can't wait to see what happens next! No matter what religion you are, I think that you can really enjoy this and can fully appreciate the meaning of it.

Dorry is a character that you want to be happy, because in the beginning of the book she isn't! She is a new student at her school because her dad's factory closed down and they had to move so he could get a new jo
Joshua M
Dorry is a teenager at Crestwood High. She just came from a little town called Bryden, Ohio. While Dorry is eating lunch at school, she met a girl named Angela. Angela told her to sit with her friends. That's when Dorry heard about a group called the "Fishers of Men". Dorry thought that they were religious fanatics. After a few weeks, she got baptized and became a Fisher. Now she was a level one Fisher and learning more about this group. She learned about their rules and later became a level two ...more
Hannah Maule
I have to say that I enjoyed this book. I was a little bit disturbed when I started to get to the middle of the book but it held my interest enough to finish it. I thought it had a very good ending and I also think that it is a good warning for young adults that there are creepy cult things out there in the big bad world and that you need to be very cautious with religions. I thought Haddix did a wonderful job and I would consider this her best book.
It was a very thought provoking book and, mys
I gave this book 4 stars becuase of the mysteries that it has. I liked the beging and the end, but the middle of the book wasn't as exciting becuase there wasn't as much suspence as the begging and end. My favorite part was when Dorry had to fall back into Angela and Brad's arms. That was exciting becuase I didn't know if she was going to do it or not. I also liked the part when Angela and Laura were fighting and Dorry was listening. She only caught a little of the conversation so that was a sup ...more
Dorry is your typical new student at a high school. She fails to make friends, and she is incredibly lonely- until she meets Angela. She is introduced to her circle of friends, and then she learns that they are all in a cult. The religious cult is called Fishers of Men. Dorry becomes a classic cult follower, and soon is found that she cannot even voice her own opinion. She can not do what she wants. She has to follow certain rules- like denounce her own parents.
I was pretty intrigued by the plo
Linzy Stahle
Although I've become a big fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix, I was a little disappointed with this book. It just wasn't as fast paced and exciting as her other stories. Usually in her books you finish a chapter and HAVE TO go on because of suspense. This one seemed to drag on a bit. The concept of the book was good but not very original, and originality is something I think this author excels at. The book jacket says that "a final outrageous act forces [the main character] to step back and examin ...more
I was afraid to like this book. After all, it's about a girl who gets drawn into a cult, and near the beginning of the story, my own religion is mentioned as one filled with "religious fanatics," so I could see where it was heading. But it turns out, the boy who uses that phrase is a religious fanatic of epic proportions, so I don't care much for his opinion.

I was also afraid it was going to be a bashing of Christianity and/or religion in general. But again, I was surprised. In the final analysi
Ronda Bowman
This is a really interesting book, good for all teens to read. The New Girl, lonely and vulnerable, gets absorbed into a fun, exciting group and finds religion. Then begins her journey... and the questions. It's a great look at how simple and attractive a cult can be on the surface.
A teenager named Dorry gets sucked into a religious cult, and eventually leaves. (That's not a spoiler, given the title of the book.) It was reasonably interesting, but the cult wasn't very believable. It starts as something akin to Campus Crusade for Christ and then suddenly it's all fake and dangerous and even criminal. There's too little build-up, and too little frank discussion of religion. I suppose the author was trying not to offend anyone, but the tip-toeing around certain passages of sc ...more
Good book about how hard it is to fit into a new high school, and how easy it is to find the wrong crowd. I would read this aloud to my classes, but it deals with religion, and that is a huge no-no in public school.
I picked this book because my sister Jean had read another of Margret Haddix books. I began it and could identify with a teen girl who doesn't fit in with her peers. I knew why she would fall into an association with those who were kind to her and not pick up on hidden agenda's. At first I found her journey into the world of faith and friendship refreshing, but as the Fishers motives became more apparent, I wondered what I really thought of the book. I was prepared to not like and classify it as ...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
This book was... fascinating. At first, I thought it would merely be an anti-Christian book, but I was relieved to discover that wasn't the purpose. The ending of this book was phenomenal. Most of all, though, I must tip my hat to Haddix for being able to so thourougly delve into the mind of Dorry and really help you to understand what she was going through. I *literally* read it in one sitting. I never put this book down (other than for dinner) or even put a bookmark in it. I would look up at t ...more
PG 13 -- This is a story about a kind, but lonely girl who gets caught up with a religious group called the "Fisher of Men". Although I read this book quite quickly, and enjoyed it, I found the main character, Dorry, a bit spineless and hard to believe as she was slowly sucked deeper into this religious group. My recommendation of PG 13 isn't because of any bad language or other advanced teen themes, but because of the complexity of understanding the difference between religious beliefs and fana ...more
Dorry is incredibly lonely at her new high school when she meets Angela and her circle of friends. Angela likes her isntantly, invites her to parties, and introduces her to people. Angela also belongs to a religious group called The Fishers of Men. Dorry, desperate to hold on to Angela's friendship, becomes more and more involved in the Fishers. But as the Fishers begin to place greater demands on her, Dorry has to decide how far she's willing to go to stay in the cult.

This is a frightening fict
An intriguing story about a girl, Dorry Stevens, who moves to a new town and gets involved with a fanatical Christian cult. While she is at first happy to have friends, she starts to question the amount of time required to stay in the group "Fishers of Men," and the exclusivity of the group. When they get her a job, she is relieved, but the reader won't be surprised to see where the paycheck goes. Her parents are concerned, but since they're non-believers, their opinions don't matter. Scary beca ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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