Josh Stephenson’s thirteenth year starts with a bafﬂing sequence of events. His seventeen-year-old girl cousin moves into his house, making his bedroom a corridor, he devises a truancy plan to escape the embarrassment he suffers at school, and his estranged father sends him a stuffed falcon for his birthday. And on top of all that, he’s in love but wondering if dreams of love can ever come true.
Josh goes to his secret hollow on the beach, a rocky outcropping along Iceland’s rugged coast, to try to work out if his life is being sucked into a black hole or if this is just being thirteen.
Written with passion and humor, this coming-of-age novel explores the juxtaposition of teenage angst and ecstasy.
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 15 Years|
About the Author
Fridrik Erlings is a novelist, screenwriter, graphic designer, and musician. In 1986 he founded the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes with Björk before leaving music to pursue his writing. He has written and translated lyrics as well as film and television scripts and is the author of the Icelandic classic Benjamin Dove.
He says that Fish in the Sky is “about the extreme pains and joys of being a teenager, the curious period in our lives that we all experience in more or less the same way, regardless of our culture, country, race, or gender. Perhaps it is the one time in our whole lives when we are in fact the most perfect human beings we’ll ever become. The question is: where will we go from there?”
Fridrik Erlings lives with his wife on a farm in Iceland’s wide-open South.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 This book was a lot like the movie "Moonrise Kingdom" and was pretty good. Josh just turned thirteen and is starting to think more about life and where he fits. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mom, though he misses his dad a lot and is jealous of his friend Peter, who has a dad and spends a lot of time with him. He is changing a lot and the boys at school are bullying him about it so he stops going, and his teenage girl cousin moves into the room connected to his and has to go through his room to get to the bathroom that she spends a lot of time in. So life for him is just too much sometimes, so he spends most of his time in his secret place in a big rock by the ocean, trying to figure out who he is and if it is normal. "Before I know it, my ears have dragged me to the kitchen door." This was a good book. I think most kids can relate to Josh in many ways, as being a kid can be tough and having your own space is important, but having family that really loves you means the most. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review