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MAX AND THE FISH (working title)

Sophie Adriansen

  • Original Title: MAX ET LES POISSONS
  • Publication date: February 2015
  • Publisher: NATHAN JEUNESSE
  • Country: FR
  • 64 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: France
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, PEOPLE facing life, Life change, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, War and other conflicts, CHARACTERS, Child, Resilience, Double identity, Exclusion, Power, Totalitarian regime, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Friendship, Mourning, Death, Violence

Pitch

Max received a goldfish as an award of excellence at his school. He also has a yellow star on his chest and his classmates make fun of him. The next day is his birthday, but his parents are worried about a raid, a word he does not know.

Comments

Shortlisted for the Prix Livrentête 2016 (10-12 years)
Shortlisted for the Prix Gulli du roman 2015
Shortlisted for the Prix des insatiables 2016
Shortlisted for the Prix Bouquin-malin 2016
Shortlisted for the Prix des Incorruptibles 2016-2017
Shortlisted for the Prix UNICEF de littérature jeunesse
...among many others.

Translation rights sold: UK, Italy, Turkey

Adapted for theatre

The book is now part of the French school curriculum. It has sold over 20,000 copies in France.

Sophie Adriansen is the author of over 40 titles across adult and children’s literature. She has sold nearly 250,000 copies across her children’s title and favors feminist themes in her adult fiction.

Summary

Set in WWII Paris. Max is an eight-year-old Jewish boy living in Paris during the Second World War. A good student, Max receives a prize for academic excellence, a goldfish. He loves its beautiful scales and looks forward to having his father, a commercial artist, teach him how to draw them.

When his family is taken away to an internment camp, and then Max is taken alone from the camp to the countryside to live under a false name with another family, his love of goldfish comforts him - he sees the fish as stand-ins for himself and his family members. At the end of the war he has lost his parents and his sister. He has a home with the family that took him in, and he has a large collection of goldfish. But fish are no replacement for people.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sophie Adriansen is the author of over 40 titles across adult and children’s literature, including the award-winning MAX ET LES POISSONS which was shortlisted for 20 literary prizes, adapted for theatre and is part of the French school curriculum. She has sold nearly 250,000 copies across her children’s title and favors feminist themes in her adult fiction.