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"Rudy's life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote, magical island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother, Dylan. While Dylan recovers, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into his loneliness"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2013.
Edition: First Simon Pulse edition.
ISBN: 9781442465329
Branch Call Number: Y FIC MOSK
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm


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May 21, 2014

My idea of what this book was supposed to be changed every other chapter.Hannah Moskowitz can write a compelling story out of the oddest assortment of subjects and I love it. Definitely an author to keep up with.

JCLChrisK Jan 16, 2014

One of my friends who previously reviewed this described it as "atmospheric and intense." Another as "dark" and "gray." Yes, very much so. And while there are times I enjoy getting empathetically swept up in a dark, atmospheric, melancholy tale, this one tipped a bit too far until I felt I was on the verge of drowning in the intense gray. It was a skillfully told story that clearly moved me and made me feel things, but too much of that was frustration and despair and not enough of it poignant or insightful to say I enjoyed the experience of reading it. I was drawn into the world created and the frustrations of the characters, but I didn't feel drawn into the characters as much as I would have liked. A powerful downer of a fable.

LibraryK8 Jan 03, 2014

Well this is certainly different! Very darkly written I think the word that comes to mind for me is gray. The sea is gray, the sky is gray, the island is gray, the fish are gray...very dreary. Rudy is an interesting character, who I don't entirely understand. He craves contact, but seems to eschew the contact he gets and only look to Teeth (even though he is also repulsed by him) for comfort. I guess we can all empathize with being drawn to something that we know is bad for us, but I had more trouble with Rudy also liking Teeth despite of (or because of) how uncomfortable he makes him (he is no Ariel on the eyes).

Nov 18, 2013

awful. no need to say amy more.


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Jun 03, 2016

blue_zebra_421 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

white_dove_225 Apr 20, 2013

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LibraryK8 Jan 03, 2014

Rudy's life changes drastically when the family moves to a remote island for his ailing little brother's health. A fairly popular guy at school (especially with the ladies) Rudy is one of the few people below 30 living on the island. Everyone on the island is there for one reason...the magic fish that appear to have the ability to heal any illness. When the doctors and medicine fail his little brother, Rudy's family risks everything to come to the island.

While his little brother seems to improve, Rudy counts down the days until he leaves for college, and a return to a normal life. Meanwhile, the gray water and grayer skies are little comfort. With their parents' attention on his little brother, Rudy craves human interaction.

But the ocean holds more that magic fish, it also holds a fishboy, Teeth. The fish's protector and brother, Teeth is constantly at war with the fisherman, trying to save his beloved brothers and sisters. In return, the fisherman hunt Teeth, Rudy hears his screams in the night. Is Rudy so desperate for a friend, for human contact, for love, that he will find it in a half fish-half boy?


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Jul 01, 2015

Coarse Language: A lot of swearing.


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Apr 06, 2013

"You're absolved," I tell him.
He brings his eyes back up to mine. There's no f*cking way he knows what that word means. That's a word I dream someone will say to me.
So I put it in his language. "You're free."

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