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Leaving Fishers

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,463 Ratings  ·  136 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
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 1997)
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May 29, 2007 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites
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
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
Jody Casella
Sep 30, 2012 Jody Casella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aj Sterkel
Oct 27, 2016 Aj Sterkel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I’m always searching for well-researched fiction about religious abuse, so when a fellow book blogger recommended Leaving Fishers to me, I immediately tracked down a copy.

The main character, Dorry, moves from a rural town to the city. She’s lonely in her new high school until she meets a group of kids who call themselves the Fishers of Men. They all attend the same church. Eager to fit in, Dorry quickly joins their church and makes a bunch of new friends, but soon her friends’ demands become ove
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
Dec 31, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-14
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
Sep 16, 2015 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ebook, books_read_2015
I enjoy a good church cult story.
Oct 27, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because I feel like it was very original and creative. You probably won't find many books that revolve around a teenage girl joining and leaving a religious cult. Which is why I like Margaret Peterson Haddix's books. Though it was a little slow in the beginning, and she only really starts "leaving" the Fishers towards the end of the book. She also doesn't really seem to have a mind of her own, blindly following every command the Fishers give her. That may just be a part of her ...more
Mar 17, 2017 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-ita
Dorry is a new student in a new town. She has trouble making friends until one day, Angela asks her to join her at their lunch table. Everyone is so friendly and deeply interested in Dorry. Before she realizes it, she is attending parties with them and is becoming involved in their group, known as Fishers of Men. But soon Dorry finds herself consumed by guilt and shame at every turn - it seems she just can't please her friends, now. Then Angela becomes her discipler and Dorry finds that the dema ...more
Trinity Teeters
Mar 01, 2017 Trinity Teeters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dorry, an isolated teen, finds herself in an accepting yet manipulating Christian group where she is forced to sacrifice friends, family and her grades. For example, she is forced to fast over Thanksgiving break in order to show that she is ready to become a Level 2 Fishers member, but leaves only to fail the test later. She also gives up her grades for other Fishers assignments such as evangelizing people and prayer. Dorrys struggles to fit in with other people ultimately causes her to break fr ...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
May 10, 2012 03ShaiM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dorry leaves her small town and moves to the big city because her father was laid off from his job. She is completely alone. No one seems to acknowledge her existence at her new high school, and she is ignored and insulted when she tries to approach other teens.

No one bothers to get to know her, except for a tight-knit group of kids who call themselves "Fishers." They invite her to sit with them at lunch and then invite her to their church activities. They shower her with love and acceptance and
Feb 02, 2015 Jaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

Good, but there could have been far more development at the end. As it was, the conclusion felt rushed. For a book called Leaving Fishers, not much time was spent on Dorry's departure from the group or her attempts to rebuild her life afterwards. It's not easy to get out of a cult, and just quitting doesn't seem like the sort of thing that cult members would casually allow to happen. I expected Dorry and her family to have to endure more than harassing phone calls
Jan 25, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joshua M
Dec 01, 2011 Joshua M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens & adults interested in thrillers, creepy stories, the psychology of cults
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
3.5 stars

This is my first Margaret Peterson Haddix book, and I've really enjoyed reading it. Dorry, the main character is believable and sympathetic, and the plot focuses mainly on her mindset and inner conflict rather than on any of the potential romance subplots. I liked the messages that the story conveyed at the end(which condemned the fear and control tactics of cults without condemning religion in general), and I found that the story was actually pretty scary at times. Haddix conveyed Dor
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
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
Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books)
Sep 21, 2016 Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. I would sooner wish fucking lung cancer on you.
Recommended to Evan Macrone by: Sad, naive me thought it might not be a pile of horse shit.
Shelves: dog-crap
I just read Megillah part fifte-I mean, Leaving Fishers and the boredom radiating from me probably killed brain cells. In fact, at one point, I got so bored that I skipped fifty pages just to see how lost I would be. And guess what? I wasn't lost at all. I hadn't missed any important info.
I...(slowly grasps it), yes, 50, FIFTY pages in this book and I didn't miss a single thing.
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
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
Karis Granger
Oct 07, 2014 Karis Granger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2011 Skylar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 03, 2009 Zuzia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2010 melydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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