The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

By ALMOND, David

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ISBN
978-0-7636-6169-4
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 5–7—When Stanley Potts's Uncle Ernie takes his fish-canning business in a new, inhumane direction, the orphaned boy decides to leave the home his relatives made for him and join a traveling carnival of Gypsies. With the guidance of the hook-a-duck booth proprietor Dostoyevsky, Stan finds success tending the goldfish prizes and forms a tentative friendship with the boss's prickly daughter, Nitasha, who broods over the desertion of her baller...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2013

Stanley Potts just can't seem to catch a break. After his dad dies in an accident and his mum dies of a broken heart, Stan goes to live with his aunt and uncle. Uncle Ernie loses his job at the shipyard, decides to start his own business canning sardines, and expects Stan to become as obsessed with the business as he is. Pushed to the breaking point, Stan runs away with a carnival, where he ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2013

A charming novel filled with wit, adventure, and unusual circumstances. The characters are intriguing. Stan is relatively ordinary, yet makes daring choices, such as joining the carnival. In his new friend Nitasha’s convincing dialogue, it’s clear that she is simul...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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