Leaving Fishers

Leaving Fishers

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix
     
 

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A new girl in town joins a cult-like religious group until an outrageous act forces her to reexamine her values and find a way to break free.

Overview

A new girl in town joins a cult-like religious group until an outrageous act forces her to reexamine her values and find a way to break free.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A lonely new girl is drawn into an evangelical Christian club, then disillusioned by its cultishness; PW praised the author's "evenhanded" treatment. Ages 12-up. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
When Dorry's family has to move from the small town of Bryden, Ohio to the city of Indianapolis due to her father's job, she is unbearably lonely at Crestwood High. Everyone seems to ignore her until she is welcomed by a funny, bright, and good-looking group of students. She quickly learns that they all belong to a religious group, The Fishers of Men. Not wanting to lose her only friends, she attends some Fisher functions. As Dorry becomes more involved, the Fishers place increasingly extreme demands upon her until a final outrageous act forces her to realize that she has been part of a cult and to examine her own values. Young adults will relate to Dorry's loneliness and will be able to see through the Fishers' manipulation. Haddix never condemns the cult or its beliefs, but promotes the examination of one's own religious beliefs.
VOYA - Dr. Beverly Youree
Dorry's life has been completely uprooted. After three weeks in a new school, she still has not made any friends. Then Angela asks her to join her friends at lunch and introduces her to a religious group called Fishers. Gradually, Dorry is introduced to parties, worship services, and retreats sponsored by Fishers. At a retreat, she finds herself caught up in the excitement and she, too, becomes a Fisher. The group begins to claim every minute of Dorry's life as they try to disciple her with training sessions, Bible study, prayer time, and evangelism, believing that only Fishers will get to heaven. Dorry's grades begin to slip, and all the while there is a voice in the back of her head telling her that the Fishers are wrong in their beliefs. Fishers were so into heavy evangelism that it did not matter if a person's grades slipped, for they were to spend their time in prayer, Bible study, and recruiting; having fun was allowed only at Fishers get-togethers. After she is fired from her babysitting job for scaring the children while trying to evangelize, she leaves the group. Harassment follows as Dorry learns that the Fishers are a cult and that there is an investigation into their activities. This is a definite page-turner, full of excitement and pathos. Dorry and readers learn that the world is neither black nor white, good nor bad, but shades of gray and shadows with elements of both included. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
KLIATT
Dorry is the new kid on the block—but moving to a new place to complete her last two years of high school is less than ideal. After suffering three weeks of intense loneliness, she is welcomed by a group of friendly, attractive kids. They begin subtly, but soon it becomes clear that they are a religious group, and eventually they expect total obedience. When her discipler Angela commands her to fast on Thanksgiving on her first visit back to Ohio with her family, she comes close to rebelling. The Fishers must come first—above grades, her job, and her family. How much does Dorry believe, and how badly does she want to fit in? This frightening look at the vulnerability of a lonely teenager and the calculated methods of a cult will provoke much thought and discussion. An excellent book club or class novel. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1997, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 262p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Rita Fontinha
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Dorry is lonely and insecure at a new high school until she's befriended by a seemingly wonderful group of students. She soon finds out that the group is a religious cult. Her involvement with the group and their ever-increasing demands on her lead to a startling conclusion. By Margaret Haddix. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphey (1996), a chilling portrait of an insecure teenager gradually relinquishing her autonomy to a religious cult after she moves from a small Ohio town to a large, impersonal Indianapolis suburb.

Fishers of Men is headed by charismatic Pastor Jim, and its members—ordinary students at her high school who don't immediately tell her of the group—surround awkward, friendless Dorry with acceptance and affection when she is most lonely and vulnerable. Haddix paints a wholly convincing picture of the slow, insidious stages by which Dorry is "caught," the dynamics of manipulation, obligation, and intimidation that enmesh her so firmly that Fishers becomes the center of her life. Trying desperately to satisfy Pastor Jim's demands for evangelism, Dorry—recalling the efforts of the religious fanatic in Richard Peck's The Last Safe Place on Earth (1995)—attempts to "convert" the small children she baby-sits and terrifies them with tales of hellfire and damnation. Their furious mother banishes the teenager from the house; only then does Dorry realize that she has become something monstrous and so extricates herself from Fishers. Tightly written, with well-drawn characters, and demonstrating insight into the psychology of belief and affiliation, this cautionary novel is in no way anti-religious: Dorry has found genuine meaning in worship and prayer, and at the end of the book, continues her spiritual journey, but in her own way.

From the Publisher
"A chilling portrait of an insecure teenager gradually relinquishing her autonomy to a religious cult. "—Kirkus Reviews

"A thought-provoking, riveting novel."—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613182614
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Product dimensions:
3.08(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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Leaving Fishers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriging. I know i spelt that wrong
spongy36 More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book you cant get at the library because you want to read it over and over again!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This book was truly phenomenal! This is one of those books that you can't put down and can't wait to see what happens next! No matter what religion you are, I think that you can really enjoy this and can fully appreciate the meaning of it.

Dorry is a character that you want to be happy, because in the beginning of the book she isn't! She is a new student at her school because her dad's factory closed down and they had to move so he could get a new job. For the first few weeks of school she is forced to eat by herself and has no one to talk to. But then Angela comes along.

She tells Dorry to come eat lunch with her and her friends. Dorry is then happy. Until she finds out who they really are. Angela and all of her friends are part of a religious group called The Fishers Of Men. Dorry goes to one of their "parties" and really loves it, until she really gets into it. The Fishers Of Men are a cult. Dorry gets so caught up in what she is doing for "church" that her grades drop, she gets only two or three hours of sleep each night, and her parents really begin to worry about her.

How far will she go to please this very demanding cult? Where will it end?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young girl named Dorry.She moved to a new town do to her fathers job transfer.She soon becomes lonely a week later a group of kids invite her to their table.Something enteresting happens later in the book. This book is a great once you pick it up you won't be able to put it down.This book shows what could happend in every day life.You will really enjoy this book.I greatly recommend it to anyone.Don't take my word for it read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book because i am trying to read all the hadix books in our small town. This book made me think of how people got into cults and the diffrences of a true relationship with jesus and a cult. Here are some of the things i found that i knew were wrong:1) 'if you dont get baptized as a fisher you are going to hell' 2) if you dont telll someone you are saved then you are not. To me these thing do not sound right. I think it is a good book in all though. ~DIVERGENT913
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorry is moving away for her brothers. She is having a hard time because she is also moving away from her best friend. Her best friend was like a sister to her they would do a lot together. When Dorry goes to the new school she thinks no one will like her there. When Dorry goes to the school she meets new friends and they are called the Fishers. The Fishers are making Dorry sacrifice a lot. So then Dorry has to make a choice to stay in the group or leave. This book is not in a series. It reminds me of the movie A Walk to Remember. You have to give up thing to be in a group in the movie, and in the book. People that like books were you have to read on to find out what happened might like this book. If you like reading books by Margaret Peterson Haddix you will like this one. Leaving Fishers might not be that exciting at the beginning, but it gets more exciting as it goes on. So read this book to find out what happens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started this book and its already good i didnt want to stop reading it.'its for a school project and and my group picked this book'its a great book im going to enjoy reading this one.Margaret Peterson Haddix is a great writer'Keep the books coming'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly phenomenal! This is one of those books that you can¿t put down and can¿t wait to see what happens next! No matter what religion you are, I think that you can really enjoy this and can fully appreciate the meaning of it. Dorry is a character that you want to be happy, because in the beginning of the book she isn¿t! She is a new student at her school because her dad¿s factory closed down and they had to move so he could get a new job. For the first few weeks of school she is forced to eat by herself and has no one to talk to. But then Angela comes along. She tells Dorry to come eat lunch with her and her friends. Dorry is then happy. Until she finds out who they really are. Angela and all of her friends are part of a religious group called The Fishers Of Men. Dorry goes to one of their ¿parties¿ and really loves it, until she really gets into it. The Fishers Of Men are a cult. Dorry gets so caught up in what she is doing for ¿church¿ that her grades drop, she gets only two or three hours of sleep each night, and her parents really begin to worry about her. How far will she go to please this very demanding cult? Where will it end? **Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was outstanding. It keept you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book, to anyone who likes suspense, thrill, and drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all have said or thought about cults in a negative way. I personally have wondered how someone could not realize what was happening. How they could allow themselves to be brainwashed to such a degree. When I went to the beach, I brought this book because I am a big fan of Haddix. It is a book about a girl, Dory, who is new to a school. When people finally act like her friends, she decides to join a group called the 'fishers'. Who wants to be in a school without anyone to talk to? Plus they all seem so happy. But maybe joining is a bad idea she soon realizes. I would highly recomend this book. It goes in depth to about the so called fishers of men, and it is amazing to see how Dory handles the situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it really sad of how they beat her down with their religion. That must really be difficult for her. I thought the book was good, but very distressing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am not Christian and parts of this book were a little hard for me to understand I would have to say this is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so insightful, and you wonder how Peterson can write so eloquently, as if this actually happened to her. I would definatley recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of detail and suspense if that's what you'd call it. It made you want to read further until you finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've read in a really long time!! I read it in 2 days. It was so captivating. It made me really feel as though I was sitting there watching it all happen before my very eyes. Margaret Peterson Haddix brought Dorry and the rest of the characters to life. 2 thumbs up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book exceeded my expectations. It is extremely well-written; I wouldn't change a thing. It is educational, purposeful, and just a very good read. Dorry, the main character, is completely sympathetic which not only made me unable to put the book down but made me realize that I am not immune to the kind of manipulation the Fishers used to recruit Dorry. This is the kind of book that you should read for your own good, and it's enjoyable as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so different from what I usually read. It interested me because of how so many kids see the light of Christ and how they can get mixed up from what really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book.It's not exactly one of Margaret peterson Haddix's greatest books, But I enjoyed it!The ending left me shocked! Seeing how pastor jim had slept with some of the teenage girls and how he lied about having a little apartment in New York,when he really had a mansion!Also how moira had done that whole act about seeing God and crying.Also how Lara dropped out of Fishers and had to go to the hospital!It also raised queastions about true friends,religion and faith!But this was definitely a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leaving Fishers is a fabulous book! This book shows you how people can be drawn into a cult, therefore showing you how not to be drawn into one. The characters are very real. This is a super book for a high school remedial reading class or for any reluctant reader. It is not difficult to read or understand. Read together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Leaving Fishers is a great book. It made me think about my place with god and how chould I change. It also made me think do i have friend like that how whould tell me lies to do someth
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one that taught me a lot about life. Dorry's struggles affected not only her friends and family, but also her job, her schoolwork, and herself. I learned a lot about balancing things in your everyday life. Dorry eventually found that her worshipping days needed to end. I believe this book showed how far some people can go to keep friends and a steady relationship with God. In the end, I think Margaret Peterson Haddix truly expressed her beliefs well by writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was VERY good. It really showed how cults lure you into their groups. I thought it was very well written and should be read by anyone who has questions about different religious groups.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing I have to say about this book: I hate the ending.All my friends who have read the book dont like it, either. If I were the author, I would have made more happen. Although, the rest of the book was alright.I wont lie, parts in the middle are boring, because nothing really happens. I liked how the author described the charicters. She made them realistic, not perfect which makes the book believable to some level. I also like the way the writer worded the book,easy to understand. The plot was kind of dull, so the wording really helped. This book raised a few questions, though, that everyone needs to think about. For one, how far would you go to have friends? and, How do we know that we're making the right choices? In conclusion, I give this book a seven out of ten. Judge for yourselves, though. Read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leaving Fishers is a pretty good book. I liked the first line which pulled me into the book. Just Wondering why. The first line 'Dorry was eating alone again.' But one character that really stuck out was Angela. She just seemed to perfect or to purky just something not right. Then they sprung the idea of the Fishers to her which was really weird they hardly knew her. And i thought it was really mean of Angela making Dorry fast over Thanksgiving. What i got from the book is nothing is more important then your family and the people you love, even thought DOrry was a believer she set aside her life for the Fishers. I liked the choice of words the author -Margret Peterson Hadix- used. She made each character have a different personality like Lara very weird. But for each personality came all different choice of words. But over all it was a pretty good book.