Gone Fishing

A novel in verse

by Tamera Will Wissinger, Matthew Cordell

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  • 9780544439313
  • 9780547824130
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

  • HMH Books; March 2013
  • ISBN: 9780547824130
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Gone Fishing
  • Author: Tamera Will Wissinger; Matthew Cordell (ill.)
  • Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject categories
  • 9780544439313
  • 9780547824130

In The Press

Triple Crown Awards' 2017-2018 Gallery Honor

"Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling."
Publishers Weekly

"A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. . . . This tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers."

"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."

"All of Sam's episodes take the form of poems, each discreetly labeled by its poetic form, which is then defined at the end of the book. . . most will enjoy the notion that there are as many ways to tell a tale as to catch a fish."

"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story"
School Library Journal, starred review

About The Author

Tamera Will Wissinger has fond memories of night-crawler hunting with her father before fishing trips. She shares her time between Florida and Chicago. This is her first book.

Newbery winner Matthew Cordell knows all about fishing trips from his South Carolina childhood. He lives with his family in Gurnee, Illinois. Visit his website at www.matthewcordell.com.