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With passion and humor, an Icelandic author tells the coming-of-age tale of a boy navigating life’s changes in all their angst and ecstasy.

Josh Stephenson’s thirteenth year starts with a baffling sequence of events. His estranged father has just sent him a taxidermied falcon for his birthday. His flirty seventeen-year-old girl cousin has moved into his house, using his bed...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick (first published 1998)
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Kera Lena
There was some fabulous writing in this book. Some of the metaphors were beautiful and the language was beautiful. I don’t know if this is because the book was translated from Icelandic and that language is different or if the author just writes like this all the time. Either way sometimes I just wanted to read quotes over and over again. Take the beginning, “I am a star, a twinkling star. I’m an infant on the edge of a grave and an old man in a cradle, both a fish in the sky and a bird in the s...more
Angela
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I appreciate getting a free book. But this book wasn't for me. I liked the idea of an adolescent boy coming to terms with his life and becoming a teenager. But when he started talking to himself and having visions of the Shower Lady trying to eat him....you lost me. Those thing made it strange. And it was a little drawn out. It wasn't terrible, don't get me wrong .....it just went in odd directions at odd times.

Thank you for the opportunity to read it. I...more
Miriam
By inviting us into the mind of Josh Stephenson, Fridrik Erlings brings the confusions and difficulties of being a thirteen-year-old boy vividly to life. Josh is wrapped in his personal turmoils, but not insensitive to the agonies of others around him: his hard-working single mother, his rebellious cousin, his best friend whose life may not be as idyllic as Josh had always supposed. Then, too, Josh is tormented by his burgeoning feelings for his classmate Clara, misses his nearly-totally-absent...more
Heather Noble
A wry understated insight into the life of a 13 year old Icelandic boy with the inevitable dysfunctional family but imagination, intuition and poetry in his soul.
Nick Alberelli
Fish In The Sky for the most part is a beautifully written novel about the ups and downs of adolescent life. I rather enjoyed much of the imagery and arcs in the book. A good portion of Fish In The Sky is spent on very awkward things such as Josh spring on his cushion while she undresses. I really enjoyed a good portion of this novel and believe if you removed a quarter of its contents it could've been a much more effective novel.
Helen
Story about a thirteen-year old boy (told in the first person) - missing his father who is mainly absent, growing up, beginning to take an interest in girls, playing truant, having to adapt to having his (seventeen-year old, female) cousin move in, and so on. There are some poetic interludes. It's an Icelandic story, and Iceland is probably the setting but it's anonymised and the names are Anglicised, perhaps to make the story more of a universal one.
Kim Heimbuch
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15
This book was a lot like the movie "Moonrise Kingdom" and was pretty good. Josh just turned thirteen and is starting to think more about life and where he fits. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mom, though he misses his dad a lot and is jealous of his friend Peter, who has a dad and spends a lot of time with him. He is changing a lot and the boys at school are bullying him about it so he stops going, and his teenage girl cousin moves into the room connect...more
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I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

This is a wonderful and in-depth story of becoming of age. A young boy, who is turning 13, struggles with the changes of becoming a young adult. His emotions are stirred, he's more curious about girls, and that only makes him more confused. I really enjoyed this book, as it made me remember what it was like to be a young child and all the changes in our thought process which...more
Marika
When Josh turns thirteen, his father sends him a stuffed falcon. Besides his aunt's pear tart, it is the only good thing that happens. His seventeen-year-old female cousin moves into the storage room connected to his room, he thinks he's in love, his best friend seems babyish, and his body begins changing-- making school unbearable. So Josh stops going to school. He wanders, trying to figure out who this terrible person is that he's becoming. Erling portrays Josh's emotions with brutal honestly,...more
Katie
This book was clearly translated from Icelandic, the language of the saga. Josh is dramatic but not melodramatic. He's 13. He makes grandiose, sweeping statements about himself and his place in the world, but the drama in his narrative ("I'm a twinkling star, far away in space, on a billion-light-year starch for another star so the two of us can twinkle together, aside by side, rotating around each other") is precisely as dramatic as life. He loves clara, he kisses his cousin trudy, he throws hi...more
Ericafoferica
This book was good, it just wasn't that good. I can appreciate the meaning of the story about a thirteen year old boy, Joshua, who is coming of age. Josh struggles to figure out the facts of life and where everything leads after the age of thirteen. We've all been there as we've slowly grown into adults and this book was a simple reminder of those times. I must say, however, that there were parts where I cringed a little. For instance, Josh was becoming sexually aroused when his cousin, Trudy, p...more
K.arma
A good read and well written. It takes you on a journey but can be a bit too descriptive at times. An okay book !
Marty
Josh is thirteen and is dealing with typical adolescent life. There’s a girl at school he is in love with. He lives with his mother and his father is mostly not present, working on a sailing vessel. When his father is around he spends most of the time with his pregnant girlfriend in the country. Josh’s cousin then moves in to the inner room that is part of his room and this complicates his life. This is the story about he copes (or not) with life.
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Josh has just turned 13 years old, and begins questioning his role in life. His parents are divorced, and he misses his dad. He’s jealous of his best friend Peter’s relationship with his father. His body is starting to change, which causes great panic as he’s afraid of being different from the other guys.

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Anna
This is one of those books "for teens" that's actually more for adults -- the teens who I'd give it too are few and far between, for, while a kind of sweet coming-of-age / sexual awakening story, the teen who thinks and / or talks like this is a rare bird indeed.
Lulu
I picked this up for $4 at one of those clearance book sales on a whim and I'm glad I did. It was a quick, pleasant read and left me feeling good when it was over.
Melissa
Definitely a worthwhile read. The book puts you right into the heart of this boy becoming a teenager; angst, turmoil, hopelessness, hopefulness... very moving.
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Friðrik Erlingsson

Fridrik Erlings was born in Reykjavik in 1962. From 1980 - '90 he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. He was a guitar player and songwriter in two Icelandic rock bands; Purrkur Pillnik from '81-'83 and in '86 he founded the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes with Einar Orn and Bjork before leaving music to pursue writing.

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“I am a star, a twinkling star. I’m an infant on the edge of a grave and an old man in a cradle, both a fish in the sky and a bird in the sea. I’m a boy on the outside but a girl on the inside, innocent in body, guilty in soul.” 0 likes
“I’m a year closer to being considered a grown-up... but until then I’m just as far from being considered a grown-up as I am from being a child; I’m the missing link in the evolution of Homo Sapiens.” 0 likes
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