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Fish Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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He also doesn't care. His sole mission is to retrieve the bag of gold coins which Nate had stolen from him. When the head pirate Cobb decides that his crew will sail their ship to lay in wait for a freighter bound for America, Fish launches his own "raid". He finds the gold coins that his uncle had entrusted him with and attempts to deliver them to their rightful owner. Unfortunately, Fish gets caught. In the interrogation that follows, Fish learns that some pirates are raiders while others are seekers. The "raiding" pirates believe that attacking every ship in the water is the swiftest way to fortune. (These are the bad pirates.) In contrast, "seeking" pirates prefer to undertake challenging quests. The Scurvy Mistress is manned by both types, a division which eventually leads to a mutiny.
Before Fish learns whose side everyone is on, or even figures out for himself which side he should take, he spends hours swabbing the decks of The Scurvy Mistress clean. Fish also fills his stomach with dreadful gruel and hardtack. And he sleeps on ragged bits of old sailcloth in one corner of the main cabin. If that doesn't sound too grand, why would Fish agree to stay? Well, earlier in the story, the family horse dies, and Mr. Reidy declares that one of their children will have to work in the city and send home money to help out. Unlike his eight other siblings, Fish is inept at farm work. For that reason, Fish is taken into town to work for an uncle. Fish is actually on the way to deliver a bag of coins that his uncle entrusted him with, when Nate robs him.Read more ›
Furthermore, both children and parents will appreciate the "not-fighting" skills that Fish, the main character, developed out of necessity. Any child who has older, belligerent siblings, will identify with the main character. While the professional reviews, mentioned anything between 3rd grade and 8th grade, I say that 5th grade, or going into 5th grade, is the sweet spot for this book.
I typically don't think that young adult fiction and pirates are two things that go together considering that pirates aren't the most ideal role models for kids. However, this book does a good job of trying to stay faithful to pirate mythology while not encouraging the less favorable aspects of it. For example, after Fish is forced in to a fight, he opts to take a pacifistic approach in combat. His friend Daniel begins to teach him "non fighting" skills that reads as a form of mixed martial arts of some sort that is unnamed in the book. Speaking of naming things, there were a couple of small references in the book that annoyed me. Nora, the ship's cook, apparently invented the sandwich and the pirate named Jumping Jack invented a form of aerobics that he quickly named after himself. These aren't big deals but they broke the flow of the story. Kids who read this book and are less fact snobbish then myself probably wont care and may even find it amusing.
In the end this is a fun read for kids/young adults who are fascinated by pirates. The chapters are the perfect length and full of action and adventure. This is not a boring book.
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I purchased this book for my son. He read it in about 2 weeks and absolutely loved it. Great book according to my son!Published 13 months ago by Robert E. Moreau
My nieces loved having this read to them by their grandfather after Christmas. Had a nice suspense and good storyline overall.Published on November 13, 2013 by Max Robitzsch
Fish is the best book that I have read in a long time. This book has every thing: action, mystery, suspense, and adventure. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013
I bought this book for my 9 year old son in paperback edition. He is an avid reader and when he discovers a book he particularly enjoys, he reads it several times. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Darlene McKiel
My daughter brought this book home from school - it doesn't hurt that the theme of her 2nd grade homeroom class is literally Pirates. She asked that we read it to her at night. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Stephen Root