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Orca Currents
Fish Out of Water
By (author): Joanne Levy
9781459826595 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence & Coming of Age North America Sep 22, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$10.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 200 gr 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Why won’t anyone let Fish make his own decisions?

Twelve-year-old Fishel (Fish) Rosner doesn’t like regular “boy” things. He hates sports and would prefer to read or do crafts instead of climbing trees or riding dirt bikes with his friends. He also loves to dance.

But all his interests are considered “girly.” Fish doesn’t get why that’s a bad thing. He’s just interested in different things than other boys. When he asks his Bubby to teach him to knit, she tells him to go play outside. When he begs his mom to take him to Zumba, she enrolls him in water polo instead. Why does everyone else get to decide what Fish should or shouldn't do?

Key Selling Points
  • A boy planning his bar mitzvah project is frustrated that he’s not allowed to pursue his interests.
  • This book examines gender stereotyping in a safe and humorous way.
  • Fish Out of Water explores the issue of "toxic masculinity," which is very much in the news right now as traditional gender roles and assumptions are being challenged.
  • The author has written numerous books for middle-grade audiences and balances funny and sweet well.
  • The author is Jewish and includes Jewish content in all her stories.
  • New, enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

Joanne Levy is the author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels Crushing It and the Red Maple Award-nominated Small Medium At Large. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.

“Though brief, this text masterfully connects the toxic masculinity to its roots in deep misogyny, making Fish a hero people of all genders can stand up and cheer for. All readers will appreciate this book’s nuanced messaging around gender roles and trusting yourself.” - Kirkus Reviews

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