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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.

After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself.

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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.

After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself.

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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.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9For high school junior Dorry Stevens, the move to Indianapolis from the small town where she has always lived is difficult and lonely. When Angela invites Dorry to join her and her friends for lunch, Dorry is flattered and excited. Through her new friends, she learns about The Fishers of Men, a religious group to which they all belong, and meets Pastor Jim, its charismatic leader. The group invites Dorry to parties and eventually to a retreat where she decides to join the church. Angela, her guide and discipler, not only engages Dorry in Bible study and church activities, but also gives her tasks to discipline her and make her a better Fisher. Dorry's parents worry about the ever-increasing control Angela has over their daughter's life. After a disastrous attempt to convert the children she is babysitting for to the Fishers, Dorry makes the agonizing decision to leave the group in spite of their harassment to stop her. With this decision comes the understanding that she has been involved in a cult. The realistic ending is not "happily ever after," but one of self-realization. Haddix has written a thought-provoking, riveting novel with strong, though rather sterotypical, charactersthe victim, the recruiter, the charismatic leader. Her carefully constructed plot reels readers into the book in much the same way Dorry is reeled into the Fishers. Although the ending is slightly didactic, it does not detract from the forceful impact of the book.Janet Hilbun, Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX
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.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689824616
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Wow

    Intriging. I know i spelt that wrong

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Great

    This is the kind of book you cant get at the library because you want to read it over and over again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>How far will she go to please this very demanding cult? Where will it end?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Leaving Fishers

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Makes u think

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    GOOD

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Good

    Didnt like the few typo's and i didnt like how it ended so abruptly

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Read leaving fishers

    I think its amazing and if you dont read it than you are awfully stupid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Leaving People is harder than you think

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    wow

    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'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Edge of your seat

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Haunting would be a good word

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Pretty Good

    This was my first book by Haddix and it was alright. It definitely kept me reading, and it was entertaining. After I read her other books, I couldn't believe that she wrote this one. Haddix has written much better novels, but this is good nevertheless

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    I WOULD HATE TO BE IN A RELIGIOUS CULT

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    One of the best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    This Book rox my sox:)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    A Reviewer

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Excellent and thought-provoking

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    WOW

    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.

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