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Review: Bluefish

December 20, 2013


Since both of his parents have died, Travis lives with his Grandpa.  He and his Grandpa get along okay, but they’re not especially close.  Travis isn’t happy when they have to move – his beloved dog, Rosco, is missing and he doesn’t want to leave him behind and starting at a new school is never easy, especially for a kid like Travis.

Things at the new school aren’t too bad.  Travis makes a couple friends right away and, so far, no one’s figured out his secret.  And then, someone does.  But that just might end up being a good thing.

I thought Bluefish, by Pat Schmatz was fantastic!  I have a feeling a lot of kids can relate to Travis.  His home life really isn’t bad but it sure is sad.  Both of his parents are gone and he and his Grandpa struggle to get by.  His Grandpa loves Travis and wants the best for him, but he doesn’t really know what to do with a teen-aged boy.   Travis’s new friend, “Velveeta,” is a bit of a misfit but she has a heart of gold and has learned to roll with the punches.

I loved the storyline too.  Travis had a problem that embarrassed him so he did everything he could to keep it a secret.  Much to his surprise, the people who learn what it is want to help him, teaching him the true meaning of friendship.

The storyline alternates between Travis and Velveeta, giving readers more than one side of the story.  It was easy to tell who was narrating because the characters had very different voices.

I think Bluefish is a terrific book for late middle grade and early young adult readers.  It’s a wonderful story of friendship, compassion, and empathy.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2013 4:29 am

    It does sound like a good one 🙂

  2. December 20, 2013 6:54 am

    This sounds like a good one for kids.

  3. Patty permalink
    December 20, 2013 7:45 am

    I love books like this except now I am worried about the dog!

  4. December 20, 2013 8:25 am

    Another good looking one!

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 20, 2013 10:16 am

    This does look good.

  6. December 20, 2013 10:34 am

    Sounds like a good read!

  7. December 20, 2013 12:42 pm

    Bluefish sounds like a terrific book, even for adults. Thanks for another wonderful review, Kathy!

  8. December 20, 2013 2:18 pm

    Sounds VERY good…thanks for sharing.

    Nice Review.

  9. December 20, 2013 2:57 pm

    Sounds like a good book; i love that his friend is named Velveeta.

  10. December 20, 2013 3:18 pm

    This does sound really good. I’m curious about his secret.

  11. December 20, 2013 5:33 pm

    This sounds great. And I love books that use Velveeta as a character name!

  12. December 20, 2013 5:53 pm

    I think I love the premise of this book. It sounds heart-warming.

  13. December 21, 2013 12:13 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your thoughts.

  14. December 21, 2013 1:29 pm

    This book sounds so sweet! I’ll have to track it down at the library sometime.

  15. December 21, 2013 10:17 pm

    my nephew would love this!

  16. December 23, 2013 10:06 am

    Aw, I saw this one as a deal for Kindle once, I think, but I passed it by. Now I wish I hadn’t!

  17. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    December 23, 2013 11:50 am

    This sounds very good. I wonder if some of my high school sophomores would like it? If not, I will have to find a young reader to pass this on to!

  18. December 23, 2013 5:28 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful Middle Grade read. Very heart warming. 🙂

  19. January 1, 2014 8:14 pm

    Hmmm never heard of this one. Hmmm.

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