Leaving Fishers

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Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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Dorry is unbearably lonely at her new high school until she meets Angela and her circle of friends. She soon discovers they all belong to a religious group, the Fishers of Men. At first, as Dorry becomes involved with the Fishers, she is eager to fit in and flattered by her new friends' attention.

But the Fishers make harsh demands of their members, and Dorry must make greater and greater sacrifices. In demonstrating her devotion, Dorry finds herself compromising her grades, her job, and even her family's love. How much is too much? And where will the cult's demands end?

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Seems like a realistic portrayal of a cult. - Goodreads
I loved the story line and plot. - Goodreads
Haddox's writing is still sharp. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christian Tuininga - Goodreads

Seems like a realistic portrayal of a cult. Lots of truth in the beginning then all the extra rules and TWISTING of truth. Was hard to read as I wanted her OUT of the cult so badly. But I like where it goes. Read full review

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User Review  - Diana H. - Goodreads

Haddix treats the topics of cults and how young people get caught up in them brilliantly. She takes the time to set the background story so her main character is shown as both flawed and in need of ... 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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