The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond, Oliver Jeffers
A boy escapes home to seek his own way in the world in a whimsical new outing by the award-winning David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.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?

Book Details


  • For Reluctant Readers
  • Historical Fiction
  • Humor
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas is written by David Almond. It is a wonderful tale about a boy whose uncle decides to turn his house into a fish canning factory. His nephew, Stanley, runs away to a circus where he feels that he belongs. The characters and storyline in this book are a little different, even quirky.  I think that is why I found it to be such an engaging story.

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