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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lovely, understated book that celebrates the possibility of a kind and humane friendship between an eighth-grade girl and boy...this novel is also an ode to the significance of reading in the lives of young people and to a teacher who knows the power literature can wield. Unique and original, believable and poignant, this is a book with power of its own.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Readers seeking emotional warmth, congenial humor, and an affirmation of forgiveness and friendship will cozy up to these characters.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Despite the weighty problems the characters face-grief, alcoholism, and bullying among them-Bluefish is a lively, often-humorous, and ultimately hopeful page-turner. It has all the hallmarks of a classic contemporary young adult issues novel. It's packed with memorable and believable characters and powered by the prospect of redemption and just a hint of romance.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Pat Schmatz is the author of three previous novels for teens. She lives in rural Wisconsin.

More About the Author

Pat Schmatz is the author of four novels for teens. Her most recent book, Bluefish (Candlewick, 2011), won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship while still a work in progress. It was awarded Bank Street College of Education's 2012 Josette Frank Award for fiction and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the midwest. It is a Junior Library Guild Selection, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association's Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award.

Pat grew up in rural Wisconsin. After adventures and stopovers in Michigan, California, Japan and Minnesota, she is back in the Wisconsin woods, always living her way into another book. She is currently at work on "Lizard Radio."

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Good book for 9th grade.
blddybrit
With such strong believable characters this story is driven both by the action and the silences between the characters.
Steven R. McEvoy
Written for young teens, adults will like this book too.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Bluefish" is about a boy named Travis who moves to a new town with his Grandpa after his dog runs away. While there, he meets Velveeta, a girl who is very... unique and has a drunk mother, a old dead man who used to be her best friend, and many, many, scarves. He also meets Bradley, a scrawny kid who is nerdy, is addicted to "Halo", and insists that Travis should ask Velveeta out.

Kids will probably like this book for it's funny and is a good story at times. If you want to laugh and cry in one big story, this is for you.

One of the best parts of the book was the "Velveeta on ___day" sections because I liked the other views of the story and additional character development. Another good part was when Travis learns the truth about what happened.

This book's humor is more for older kids, since jokes about sex and prostitution are common. Also, this book talks about death and fighting, but some humor is for a younger audience. I would say probably it's in the age range of 12-16.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, for while it's funny, it tries to appeal to everybody, making it a little weird. Also when it ends, you don't notice it, and it seems like there are a few more chapters that were just cut out.

Review by Young Mensan Deven, age 13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NotAGreenFreak on April 25, 2012
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Schmatz is an excellent writer for young adults who handles both sensitive and ordinary issues with insight. She's also a lively, gifted speaker who makes an immediate connection with her middle-school audiences. She visited our west coast school during her book tour, and absolutely mesmorized the 6th grade classes with interactive creative writing discussions. Schmatz is talented, humble, and funny. Her books are excellent and serve both to inspire and educate. I can see why this book won a prestigious Children's book award!
-- Another Bluefish Fan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Van Gores on February 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
the cover got my attention at first. it looked very interesting. travis is unhappy and dyslexic (im pretty sure). velveeta (like the cheese) is energetic and upbeat (could be a little annoying at times) and bardley likes them so he becomes there friend. its really good book and moving. if you want a break from ghost books or sarah dessen this is a great book for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Few books have as immediate an impact on me as this book. As someone who grew up with a learning disability, a dual form of dyslexia, reading this book was much like reliving some of my own childhood. Schmatz does an amazing job of capturing the feelings, emotions and immense frustration of having a learning disability and being different from other people. She captures the sense of being an outsider at school and the embarrassment of going out to special education classes. She also captures how that frustration can lead to physical outbursts as it often seems like the only outlet available.

Our cast of characters includes Travis, a young man with anger issues, and a learning disability who is living with a recovering alcoholic grandfather; Mr. McQueen, who is more than just a teacher, but also an educator; he knows how to reach students that others give up on. He is the type of teacher we all need at one point or another in our life, who really connects with us. And the immensely enjoyable Velveeta, a young woman in the special education class also who is an outsider but one with a big heart.

As these characters and their stories start to intertwine, we have a story that unmasks us as readers. With such strong believable characters this story is driven both by the action and the silences between the characters. As Travis and Velveeta begin to trust each other, they make a connection to one another, and that connection is the beginning of their own process of growth and healing. This book was an amazing read, and I know that it is one I will read over and over again.

Schmatz has written a book that should become a classic in Children's literature. It should really be required reading for all middle school children to help them see the people and world around them differently. This book was so amazing that I bought and read two other of Pat Schmatz's books in under a week. Get it! It will not disappoint.
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Excellent writing! This book kept my interest throughout the story. Good character development and interesting plot. Perfect for teen reading and thoughtful analysis.
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By Sharon DeMeo on March 9, 2014
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I really got hooked on this book from page 1. Although not much action took place, it was a sweet story,sad but sweet. I found that it is a book for mature readers.
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By Hal Am on January 3, 2014
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I think this book is a great book because it really shows how a person can over come a challenge
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By Some Dude on December 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
IT WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK. I LIKED THIS BOOK ALOT. IT WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK. FILLING UP SPACE IN THE REVIEW.
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