Friday, February 24, 2012
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
Travis has just started a new school after his alcoholic grandfather moved them abruptly from their home. Travis is struggling to adapt while covering up the fact that he's not a very good reader. Velveeta, an outgoing girl who wears a different beautiful scarf every day, is immediately taken with Travis and works to draw him out of his shell while dealing with her own issues. Travis is also grieving dealing the loss of his dog who disappeared right before he moved to his new home. His sadness about Rosco is compounded when his grandfather reveals a secret he has been keeping for the last few months... This is a well-written and believable book about damaged people who help heal each other.