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People call me Fish Boy. My skin goes up and down like the waves. My mind goes in and out like the sea. They say I've always got my mouth open, that I ask too many questions. But what's wrong with that?

Billy's got a lot on his mind - that he'd rather not think or talk about. So he watches David Attenborough, because Sir David's asked all the questions and got all the answers, and swims in the sea, just letting his mind drift . . .

So when new boy and nature fan Patrick Green starts at school with 'fingers like steel, strength of a bear' and a mackerel swims up to Billy's face, blows bubbles into his Vista Clear mask goggles and says: 'Fish Boy', Billy knows he can't keep it secret, because . . . a crazy talking mackerel changes EVERYTHING.

Shimmering with almost-magic and adventure, this is an exceptional read.

Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Richard Jones.

Fish Boy Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9780571328222
  • Pub Date: 2nd March 2017
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Imprint: Faber & Faber
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 304

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25th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Fish Boy 9780571328222
5 stars
Uniquely wonderful. I love it when I'm completely surprised by something new and different. Daykin's economical use of language is extremely effective, making this complex story seem deceptively simple. It epitomises the use of the short sentence and the vocabulary is precise and meticulously chosen. The prose washes over you like the waves over Fish Boy. So beautiful. often reads more like poetry.  On completion, I immediately wanted to dive right in again.
26th November '18
Maddox read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Fish Boy 9780571328222
2 stars
Fish Boy was so boring as it never had any real action and the characters I just didn’t get. It was so stretched out aaahhh, I disliked it beginning to end. It was already past the middle of the book until there was a little bit more happening. This was a failure, I just couldn’t enjoy it but I tried. I am a real nature and David Attenborough fan so thought I would like it but was disappointed that I didn’t.
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About Chloe Daykin

Fish Boy is Chloe Daykin's first novel. It won the Northern Writers Award in June 2014, and has already garnered huge critical acclaim. An artist, designer, playwright and teacher, Chloe lives in Northumberland with her husband and two boys.

Richard Jones is a illustrator based in Devon with more than 15 years experience in the creative arts. He enjoys walk...

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About Richard Jones

Paul B. Janeczko is a poet and teacher who has edited numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young people, including A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head and A Foot in the Mouth, all of which were illustrated by Chris Raschka, as well as Firefly July, illustrated by Melissa...

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