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Something's Fishy
By authors: Jeff Szpirglas, Danielle Saint-Onge   Illustrated by: Dave Whamond
Selling Points: "pets, problem solving, acceptance, humor"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: May/01/2011
Lexile Level: 380L
Pages: 64
Fiction Ages 7-9
Price:  $6.95
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Mr. Claxton took a deep breath. "Yes, Jamie?"
   Jamie was so excited, he jumped to his feet. He kept jumping. "I think we should get—"
   "A shark?" Kamal asked.
   Jamie's eyes widened. "How did you know?"
   "Because that's all you ever talk about. Sharks this. Sharks that," said Kamal. "Don't you think about anything else?"
   Jamie shrugged. "I don't want our class to get just any shark," he said. "I think we should get a great white shark."

Jamie loves sharks. He reads about them. He talks about them. Sometimes he even pretends to be a shark. Too bad no one else wants to join his Shark Club. His peers and parents are quickly growing tired of his current obsession.

When Jamie's teacher, Mr. Claxton, brings in a new class pet, Jamie is put in charge. But Jamie has an accident while feeding it, and everyone becomes upset with him. He needs to find a way to make things right. In the end, he comes up with a solution that pleases both his teacher and classmates, a solution that also gives Jamie an opportunity to share his newest obsession—lizards.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - September 1, 2011
"Uses humor to great effect, and the character dynamics are striking...Whamond's [illustrations] lean towards a cleaner comic style."
Resource Links - June 1, 2011
"A fun school story that should appeal primarily to boys who are ready to start tackling chapter books...Has enough of an ick-factor, and humour to engage any reader. The illustrations by Dave Whamond add a great deal of detail to this lighthearted story, and kids should be quite engaged by both them and the antics in the plot."
CM Magazine - May 6, 2011
"An energetic short novel...This book was refreshing to read and will surely entertain and surprise young readers. The content is written well, and children will easily be able to relate to their own classrooms and classroom experiences. The illustrations were interesting to look at and offered excellent visuals to add to the Jamie character. The author's experience as a teacher is evident and realistic. The portrayal of the Jamie character is excellent. Something's Fishy will be an excellent addition to a school or classroom library. Highly Recommended."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2012
SYRCA Shining Willow Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2013


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