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Bluefish - Pat Schmatz A tender story of three teens finding their way to each other, from disparate states of outsiderness. There are distinct echoes here of Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, although Bluefish is decidedly lighter and the humor quick witted. As a reader, I easily rooted for these likable characters. In facing their realities in the best way they know how, and two finding that family leaves them wanting, it was reassuring to see other adults in their world extend them a heart and a hand. The story evolves through the voices of two of the three teens, offering an interesting insight to the reader as the story progresses, and a propulsion that keeps events moving right along. Issues of emotional abandonment, attachment, grief, loss, literacy, alcoholism, bullying, friendship and family. Recommended.