Faville, Barry Stanley's Aquarium

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Stanley's Aquarium

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Robbie is sixteen and looking for a weekend job. She finds one, mowing the lawn that encircles a most unusual garden. The garden belongs to a man named Stanley, a rather odd fellow who counts gardening as only one of his hobbies. He also breeds fish, and Robbie grows more and more curious about the shed in the garden where he keeps them. It's just an old shack, But Stanley keeps it under lock and key. And why does she hear sounds of splashes and mad thrashing whenever Stanley goes in to feed his pets?
From the author of The Return and The Keeper, here is a suspensful novel about a remarkable young woman dealing with the pressures of growing up and the frailities and confusion of the adults around her.

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BARRY FAVILLE won the 1987 New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award for his first novel The Keeper, which also was selected by the Society of School Libraries International as "The Best of '88."

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Grade 7-9-- Robbie, 17, starts mowing the lawn of Stanley Swinton, a bizarre old man with smallpox scars and jungle stories. He has transformed his backyard into a jungle, complete with a shed in which he pursues his hobby of fish-breeding. Robbie discovers that the fish are man-eating piranha, and that Stanley's mission, realized in the book's chilling conclusion, is to introduce them into the local lake. Subplots are interwoven: Robbie's brother's death; her boyfriend's fatal car accident; Stanley's attempt to molest her sexually; and the Swintons' lies about their daughter. While some of the emotions generated by these issues are presented realistically, the numerous unresolved subplots weaken the book, and readers are left hanging. Difficult literary references, as well as the colloquial expressions and dialect of the interesting New Zealand setting, make the first-person narrative less than accessible. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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