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Teeth (edition 2013)

by Hannah Moskowitz

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Title:Teeth
Authors:Hannah Moskowitz
Info:Simon Pulse (2013), Hardcover, 288 pages
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This is a strange creepy book full of anger and complex feelings that are shown rather than told, and that I can't quite articulate. It is the story of Rudy, whose little brother Dylan is seriously ill, but the quest for a cure has taken them to a distant island where the fish can make people well. It is the story of Teeth, half fish, half human, who hates the culling of the fish he sees as his brothers.

There's a lot here. Rudy and Teeth's relationship, Rudy and Diana's strange romance of convenience, the question of just how sentient the fish are, with the moral implications of the behaviour of everyone on the island (and of the fish), the cruelty of the fishermen, the painful scraps left over from Teeth's childhood with his mother, and the feelings of being discarded and replaced, the way the fish are both the cure and the trap... strange strange book, that snags things deep in your mind and leaves you disturbed and uncomfortable afterwards...

The final scene with Teeth and Rudy, where the solution is to tell Teeth this isn't his problem, he's not obliged to fix this shit, he can run away for his own sake, is... not a message you find often in fiction. ( )
1 vote atreic | Dec 11, 2016 |
3.5 stars ( )
  CrystalDawn1217 | Sep 19, 2016 |
An odd amalgamation of love story, fantasy/sci-fi and typical YA problem novel. The young male protagonist, Rudy, finds himself on an isolated island with his family due to his little brother's life-threatening multiple sclerosis because of what the family and other inhabitants of the island believe is the health-restoring properties of the magical fish found there.

Rudy grapples with guilt, discovering what love means, and other coming of age issues in the midst of several serious moral conundrums. ( )
  bufsemlibrary | Apr 6, 2016 |
Rudy hates that his family has to (temporarily?) move to a remote island to try to save his younger brother's life. This island is surrounded by legends of "magical" fish with healing properties, and is inhabited mostly by people with terminal illnesses. And the fish really DO work.

But the legends of a ghost seem to be the only thing to rouse Rudy out of his loneliness as he starts to unfold the secrets and scandals this island and its inhabitants are trying to hide, including the merman he meets in the ocean whose own story is important to everyone on the island. ( )
  mpelleg | Feb 15, 2016 |
I think this is my favorite Moskowitz book yet - surprisingly! I usually don’t like stories with magical or unrealistic elements, but this book totally owns it and made me believe it. Rudy and his family move to a remote island to try and heal his five-year-old brother, who has cystic fibrosis. The fish that swim around the island are apparently magic, healing anything that ails the people who eat them. That means people never leave the island - they’re too scared to go back to being sick if they stop eating the fish. Since he’s the only teen on the island, Rudy misses his friends and typical teenage lifestyle, but he forgets all of that when he sees a fishboy in the water. After a few sightings, he starts talking to the fishboy and wants to learn his story, but he isn’t expecting how strong their bond can really grow to be. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
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"Rudy's life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote, magical island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother, Dylan. While Dylan recovers, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into his loneliness"--

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