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Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
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Sep 13, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-general-fiction
Read in September, 2011

Bluefish, by Pat Schmatz, narrated by Luke Daniels and Kate Rudd, produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Pat Schmatz has created for us again a totally engrossing young adult novel, and this time it has been recorded and can be purchased through audible.com. In this book we have three outsiders in a highschool. Travis has just moved to a new town with his grampa, the only family he has. This move coincided with the loss of his dog, who took the place of friends and even parents to some extent. He didn’t care about his new school, or the classes. Then there’s Velvita, an in-your-face girl with an alcoholic mother and a drug-dealing brother, who is dealing with the death of a neighbor who was the closest thing to a parent she had. Everyone finds her extremely funny in school, but she isn’t really friends with anyone. But she is attracted to Travis and wants to be his friend, because Travis befriended the genius, Bradley who is bullied by some of the highschool boys. The three make a wonderfully diverse trio, all of them having to learn to trust and to unburden themselves of secrets. And then there is the iinspiring English teacher, Mr. McQueen who helps them all move toward their best selves. Wonderful, heart-warming, and poignant, this is a book not to be missed.

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