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The Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Abandoned by a mother who is hiding from the FBI, Warren escapes into horror movie fantasies while he waits for her return.
Hardcover, 153 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 29th 1982)
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I usually like this author's work, but this book really dissapointed me. Warren is a young boy who daydreams of the horror movies he hopes to one day make. His daydreams help him escape his real life that consists of a eco-terrorist, missing mom, a older sister who really doesn't pay attention to him, and a grandmother who has wiped her memory of his mother. His horror movie escapes are interesting, but overall, this book just doesn't really come together for me. Am I suppose to feel sorry for t ...more
Disappointed in the lack of morbidly obese goldfish.
A kid named Warren obsessively creates horror movie scripts to distract himself from the pain of missing his mom, who belongs to a Weather Underground type activist/terrorist organization and is on the run from the FBI. The author keeps her dramatic plot feeling real by focusing so tightly and truthfully on Warren's emotions that you kind of feel like the book was written by the most loving and understanding second grade teacher ever to exist. I liked how Warren and his sister have different fat ...more
Susan Katz
An old favorite from the always delightful Betsy Byars. Not only is Warren's obsession with monster movies a successful and original counterpoint to a mother lost in the political world, but for me it has the added fillip of reminding me of my son's foray into monster movies at a similar age - though for him it involved a cohort of his friends and a wreck of an old video camera. Not to mention such brilliant cameo roles for Mom as the soon-to-be-eaten Hatshepsut Smith.
This book is about this kid who loves horror movies,(but the book is kind of old so the effects he describes in the movies are CHEESY),and has a mother who is on the run from the FBI.
I'm not so sure about this book. There's not alot I can relate to, so for me it was quite dull.
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Catherine  Mustread
Young Readers Choice Nominee 1985, probably the first book I read by Byars who became one of my favorite youth authors.
I read this book as a kid and loved it. Did a book project on it. And I am thinking of picking it up for my niece.
Milad El-Darzi
Great book. I read it 4 years ago and still sometimes I take it off the shelf and read it.
I wrote a book report on this when I was a kid... Don't remember when.
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Betsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people. Her first published in 1962 and since then she has published regularly. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she gets thousands of letters from readers in the United States and from all over the world.

She has won many awards. Among them are the Newbery Medal in 1971 for her novel The Summer of the Swans, the American
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