The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas Book Cover When Stanley Potts’s Uncle Ernie, who cans pilchards, sardines, and mackerel in the living room, tins Stanley’s beloved goldfish, Stanley decides to leave home.  He joins a traveling carnival of wacky characters and gets a job washing plastic ducks for the “Hook A Duck” master, Mr. Dostoyevsky.  He meets Pancho Pirelli, who swims with piranhas and believes that Stanley could be his successor.  Wonderful and quirky things happen to “good and true” Stanley as he seeks his own way.  Stylized cartoon drawings add humor. mjw
Title: The Boy who Swam with Piranhas
Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Copyright: 2012
Original language: English
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6169-4
Hardcover pages: 256
Age range: 9-12
Genre: Fiction
Author’s residence: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Irish
Illustrator’s residence: United States
Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, International Reading Association Children’s Choice, NCTE Notable Children’s Book, Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects: Circus, Europe, Piranhas, Runaway children, Western Europe

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