My Life in the Fish Tank

Written by Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning adores her older brother. But after he leaves for college, he gets into a car accident. This contributes to his diagnosis with bipolar disorder. Her parents ask her and her siblings to keep it quiet. So Zinnia keeps it a secret; but this secret is tearing her up inside. Her friends want to know what is wrong and in order to not spill the secret she distances herself from them. Her favorite teacher notices her behavior and has the counselor invite her to Lunch Club. But these kids are all so different from her and she doesn’t want to be there. When will her brother come home? Will he be okay? Can Zinnia survive middle school with her secret? This realistic fiction, middle grade novel is about family and loyalty. Readers will connect with Zinnia. Grades 4-8.

Reviewed by Jessica Moody, Library Media EdTech Specialist, Olympus Jr. High
Review shared in August 2021
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

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My Life in the Fish Tank
Written by Barbara Dee
306 pages
Release Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN: 9781534432338
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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