Do Fish Sleep?
Do Fish Sleep?

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Annotation: Some people die when they're very old, and some in single digits. Only one thing's for certain: none of us escape it. A fact and absurdity not lost on this winning ten-year-old.
Catalog Number: #209862
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Enchanted Lion
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 64
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-592-70285-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7614-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-592-70285-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7614-1
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
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Publishers Weekly
This heartrending story by German writer Raschke is narrated by 10-year-old Jette, who describes the death of her terminally ill six-year-old brother Emil in unvarnished prose (-He lay there completely still. And pale, like yogurt-). Her parents are too devastated to offer much comfort. Earlier on, when Emil wasn-t as ill and they were on vacation, Jette asked her father whether fish could sleep. -Dad gave me a funny look and mumbled something. I saw that he didn-t know.- It-s an early hint that the parents she depends on are as lost as she is. Another time, Jette and Emil talk frankly about death, and she offers Emil a version of Heaven that he likes: -pizza heaven, where he can eat as much pizza as he wants all day.- Cartoonish drawings by Rassmus contribute to the straightforwardly painful mood, as when Jette is seen in the back of her car on the way to the funeral home with Emil-s seat empty beside her. Brutally honest about the suffering that follows the death of a young sibling, Raschke-s narrative is at once excruciating, honest, and compelling. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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Word Count: 5,487
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 504978 / grade: Middle Grades

Some people die when they're very old, and some in single digits. Only one thing's for certain: none of us escape it. A fact and absurdity not lost on this winning ten-year-old. Sick since even before Jette can remember, her brother Emil now has died. The feelings that losing him evoke in her are huge and confusing. Most simply, it feels as though a dark raincloud has descended over her family. And then there's the ridiculous fact that nobody seems to know what happens after you die, and yet adults often talk as if they do. Told in the first-person voice of a wry, observant 10-year-old girl, Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke is an honest, darkly funny look into loss, memory, and the search for answers. Originally performed as a one-girl play, Do Fish Sleep? was a breakout success at the box office, and received both the 2012 Mülheimer Children's Theater Prize and the 2014 MDR Children's Radio Play Prize. Do Fish Sleep? has been a best-seller in Germany since publication and has been translated into several languages.


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