BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Jette just turned 10. Her younger brother who had been sick all his life past away about a year ago, and Jette is struggling with her feelings - feelings that her mother loved Emil more, feelings of guilt, feeling like a black cloud. But most of all, not understanding what death is really like - no one can tell her for sure.
I loved Jette's voice - this isn't a sad book, it's real; genuine emotions, realistic questions, and the flashbacks to times spent with her brother were beautiful. Originally produced as a one-girl play, Do Fish Sleep? has been a best seller in Germany for several years - I am so glad this important book has been translated into English and can be part of our collections. Perhaps not a read for everyone, but comforting and poignant in the right hands.