Pat Schmatz’s fourth book, Bluefish, tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy learning to read. With the perfect blend of humor, gravity, and hope, Schmatz meditates on the role of teachers, books, and learning in everyday life. It is a great book that seems to capture the feelings of being different and trying to learn with a learning disability.
I found Bluefish to be a quick read with wonderful characters, each with their own secrets and problems–much like the people in our real, every day life.
The main character, Travis, is 13. He has anger issues, a learning disability and he has just moved into town to live with his Grandpa. School is painful and he is crushed ove rthe loss of his dog, Roscoe.
Grandpa has put down the bottle and stopped drinking, but for how long? Travis knows his sobriety won’t last.
It’ s an enjoyable novel. A great read for ages 12 and older.