Oct 3, 2015

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas By David Almond

The Boy Who Swam with PiranhasThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Stanley Potts’s uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there’s darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie’s obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he’s always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?


Stanley Potts completely captured my heart. This is a wonderful story for a young / middle school child. I read it aloud with my ten year old son and we both enjoyed Stanley's bravery and compassion for others (& animals). Of course the bad guys are somewhere & it is great that they are just plain goofs in this story. The story starts out with some sad events (which is a bit like real life), but the journey is well worth sharing with a child.

Stanley is a good friend, a brave kid, and a loved family member. An awesome feel good story with some fun and unexpected surprises added in. I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. An awesome read with examples of love, family, bravery, friendship, & loyalty.

I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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