From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The awkwardness of being a 13-year-old boy is candidly shared by protagonist Josh Stephenson with humor and compassion. Erlings writes with poignancy; Josh's experiences are raw enough to be embarrassing, sweet enough to evoke empathy. There is no American slang and no pop culture, but the emotions the teen feels are universal. He despises school, has his first ejaculation (while browsing National Geogaphic), and has a crush on a girl who doesn't know he's alive. Erlings handles the events beautifully. When Josh's sexy, older cousin moves in, he lusts for her. He watches with longing and horror as she kisses her boyfriend. "They go for each other's mouths like wolves gobbling up a carcass." Some difficult issues come up: divorce, rape, teen abuse, and bullying, but they seem like the author's own memories, not ploys to create plot. Josh struggles to find meaning in the small world he knows. He misses his father, worries about his cousin, and is annoyed by his preachy aunt. When he finds out that his father is having another baby, he wonders what his new half sibling will be like. He takes time to think by playing hooky. When he is finally caught, he admits he needs direction on his journey to freedom, and in the end decides to live with his dad. The target audience for this book is sensitive, intelligent, and postpubescent males who have a self-effacing sense of humor.-Pamela Schembri, Newburgh Enlarged City Schools, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
is a screenwriter, graphic designer, musician, and author of the YA novel Benjamin Dove
. In 1986 he founded the Sugarcubes with Björk before leaving music to pursue writing. He lives in Iceland.
"Fish in the Sky
is about the extreme pains and joys of being a teenager, the curious period in our lives that we all experience in more or less the same way regardless of our culture, country, race, or gender. Perhaps it is the one time in our whole lives when we are in fact the most perfect human beings we’ll ever become. The question is: where will we go from there?" — Fridrik Erlings