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Fishtale by [Bauer, Hans, Masciola, Catherine]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bauer (the screenwriter behind Anaconda, Titan A.E., and other films) and Masciola debut with a story that pairs the childhood camaraderie and adventure of The Goonies with an atmospheric Mississippi Delta setting. Sawyer Brown, 12, is a devoted fisherman who lives with his widowed mother and younger sister, Elvira, on a catfish farm. When Sawyer’s mother falls ill after losing her wedding ring to a catfish, Sawyer is sure that retrieving the ring will save her—and save Elvira and himself from having to move in with his Aunt Sarah and know-it-all cousin, Truman. A longtime local, Moses, points Sawyer and his crew in the direction of Ol’ One Eye, the “biggest, oldest, smartest, and meanest durn cat that ever swum the Yazoo,” enticing them with the lure of treasure—maybe even a miracle. “Way I see it,” Moses tells Sawyer, “if you can catch that one-eyed monster, there ain’t nothin’ in life that can lick ya.” A persuasive Southern dialect, bits of cornball humor, and a dash of magic combine in a charming, larger-than-life fish story. Ages 10–up --Publisher's Weekly October 22, 2012

From School Library Journal

When Sawyer’s mother falls ill after a catfish manages to steal her wedding ring, the 12-year-old gets it into his head that the key to her health is recovering the ring. Sawyer sets out on an adventure with his buddy Nose, cousin Truman, and stowaway sister Elvira to capture the mystical monster catfish, Ol’ One Eye, in the hopes that the “cat” has hidden the ring with its purported treasure. Ol’ One Eye and the four fishers play a tremendous game of cat and mouse that leads all around the eerie swamp. Along the way they encounter flooded mansions, poachers, and a dilapidated boat, all the while hoping that the magical “Catfish time” will be real and provide this motley crew with the answers they need. With quick pacing, detailed description, creepy settings, and magical realism, Bauer and Masciola have woven a tale almost too tall to be believed. The congenial tone with which the story is told lends a feeling of friends swapping stories.–School Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 1738 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (November 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6QYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By William D. Curnutt VINE VOICE on December 13, 2012
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Four young people set out on an adventure to catch Ol' One Eye, a legendary catfish of enormous size. The reason they need to catch him is the kids believe that he has hoarded a mass of goodies in his den and that includes the gold wedding ring of two of the kids mother. Their mother is sick and appears to be dying and the kids are convinced it is because the catfish has stolen the mothers wedding ring from her deceased husband.

So, the hunt is on and the kids gather all of their necessary tools to go hunt down that catfish and drag him in to their boat and then find his den and recover the ring for their mother.

The kids will be out in the bayou / jungle for a good length of time trying to catch the catfish. They will have all types of encounters with other fish, other wildlife and living off the land.

My wife is a writer and I asked her why the book seems so easy to read. She reminded me that as young readers novel the book has a smaller vocabulary and also shorter sentences and most likely shorter chapters. All of that is true. But even with that said, you don't really feel like you are "reading down" if you are an adult. The story is good and keeps your interest. I'm sure that the young readers in your family will enjoy the adventure and find the book one that they will want to return to again and again.

Good fish stories are always fun to read, memorize and then share around the campfire when you are out in nature. I know that you will enjoy this book and I highly recommend it for the young readers in your home.

Enjoy!
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Old Man and the sea brought to you by 4 kids in a Mississippi swamp. Fishtale is wonderful coming of age tale of how four kids go into the swamp during the magical `catfish time' to catch Ole' One Eye, the biggest catfish ever seen or even imagined.

Siblings Sawyer and Elvira have lost their father, and now their mother is mysteriously sick after losing her wedding ring to the bite of a catfish. Sawyer feels he must retrieve his mother's ring from the great catfish, or lose her for good. So begins the great adventure of twelve year-old Sawyer, his nine year-old sister, his cousin Truman, and his best friend, `Nose' a sharecropper's son.

Like a modern-day Tom Sawyer, whom ironically, Sawyer shares a name, the siblings and two friends, set out on a quest to save their mother's life, find treasure, and hook the biggest fish their town has ever seen.

I loved this book for its great heart, for the lessons the kids learn both from the wildlife around them, and from each other. They learn to trust and depend on each other, and they learn that even what they perceive as their most fragile link has great value. By caring for each other and making allowances for their weakness, they all find their own strength. This is a morality tale as much as it is an adventure. This is the kind of book I'll be passing on to every child I know.

Like the book Holes, Hans Bauer and Catherine Masciola have written a timeless novel that will entertain children, and the adults who read to children for a long time. I love books with heart and Fishtale has a grand one.
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When I began to read "Fishtale", I didn't realize that this was a story that was intended for the young. Well, I guess that is why it appealed to me, all the way through it ---- I am and always will be "young at heart".
This fantastic adventure, for all it's high and lows, scrapes and bruises and terrifying moments, still makes me envious of the four children who reached beyond fears to believe a miracle could happen.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who grew up with hot summer's and fishing poles. heck I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story,a plain old fashioned good story, kids and adults alike.
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Fantabulous book!! from one of the best writers!! loved it!!
This a marvelous read for middle school kids and adults like me who enjoy a good fish story. Four kids set out on a quest to catch a gigantic albino catfish called 'Ole One Eye. Sawyer is convinced that the catfish has his ailing mother's wedding ring and only by getting the ring back on her finger can he save her. The children brave storms, chiggers, smelly bait, a mad poacher, and themselves in an epic struggle to catch the biggest, whitest catfish ever to roam the swamp.
It is well written. The authors' use of alliteration makes the words dance across the page. But wait, there are more than a few vocabulary words to extend the reader's understanding of the English language, a big bonus.
I smiled with appreciation as I read this book and that's no fish tale.
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This is an exceptional read. Hope to share it with my Granddaughter who is Nine and my Mom who is with us at age Ninety One. Not many books these days that touch heart strings. This one does with a bit of magic thrown in. I loved it from start to finish and I not an avid fisherman.
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Now that I have finally finished this novel, "Fishtale", I’m perplexed that it was classified [and possibly limited to exposure] as a children’s book, ages 10 to 14. Even though its protagonists’ ages fall within that range, this book is really for anyone who can appreciate a story filled with heart, hope, humor, and suspense.

Since a friend of mine was involved with its publishing, I wanted to read it without, well, really having to read it. What I ended up doing was not only reading it, but also reluctantly putting it aside to accommodate a trip to the hospital emergency room where I was admitted for a routine emergency surgery that required general anesthesia resulting in a month-long hangover. I mention this because, more than a month later, when I picked up the reluctantly put-down "Fishtale", the characters and story were as fresh in my mind as if I had read about them the day before; as if my brain hadn’t actually been assaulted by major pharmaceuticals. And as it turned out, the second time I opened this book turned out to be all the time I needed to finish reading it.

“Fishtale” is not a read-as-you-want-to novel simply because it makes you want to so much. You cannot not care about these courageous and determined kids. Not only did I LIKE each one of the four tween adventurers, but I got a kick out of their distinct personalities, too. They were each very different from one another, yet every one of them a glowing example of humanity at its blossoming best.

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would have wanted to ride along, but they may have had some difficulty in grasping the intensely personal motives that drove the lead protagonist’s pursuit. This was neither an adventure quest nor a breakaway.
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