Square Fish, 2008
Reading Level: 5.6
Alcoholism Fiction, Freedom, Interpersonal Relations
Zoe Buckman's father is deceased, and her mother is an irresponsible alcoholic. Tired of trying to take care of her mother, school, work, and every day life, 17-year old high-schooler, Zoe, decides to move out. Her grandmother makes it more difficult for Zoe to make it on her own and continually pressures Zoe to care for her mother. Eventually, the mysterious reason behind her father's death is revealed to the readers, and a different viewpoint of her alcoholic mother comes to the forefront. A compelling book, readers will want to read the book from cover-to-cover in one sitting.