Leaving Fishers

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 211 pages
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Dorry Stevens, new to town, is unbearably lonely until she is befriended by Angela and her friends, members of a religious group called Fishers of Men. Dorry begins attending Fishers activities with them, and is baptized. She is expected to obey unquestioningly and to recruit. Dorry grows troubled as to whether the Fishers speak for God or themselves. When she eventually breaks with them, she is cut off cold, and fears that she will be damned. Through help, she begins to think for herself and tries to build new relationships with God and other people.

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This is a really interesting book, good for all teens to read. The New Girl, lonely and vulnerable, gets absorbed into a fun, exciting group and finds religion. Then begins her journey... and the questions. It's a great look at how simple and attractive a cult can be on the surface. Read full review

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Good book about how hard it is to fit into a new high school, and how easy it is to find the wrong crowd. I would read this aloud to my classes, but it deals with religion, and that is a huge no-no in public school. Read full review


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Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in Washington Court House, Ohio on April 9, 1964. She received bachelor's degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing, and history from Miami University in 1986. Before becoming an author, she was a copy editor for The Journal-Gazette, a newspaper reporter for The Indianapolis News, an instructor at Danville Area Community College, and a freelance writer. Her first book, Running Out of Time, was published in 1995. She has written more than 30 books including Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Just Ella, Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, and Into the Gauntlet. She also writes the Shadow Children series and the Missing series. She has won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and several state Readers' Choice Awards.

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