Books for Kids: Funerals and Fly Fishing

November 7, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

How hard is it to find literature for kids that involves fly fishing and teaches some life lessons? Pretty darned hard. A new book by Mary Bartek, Funerals and Fly Fishing, promises to do just that. According to the editorial review on Amazon.com, “In a style similar to the work of Jerry Spinelli and Sharon Creech, this story provides a subtle lesson. The characters are believable and well developed. Anyone who has visited distant relatives and experienced the unknown will identify with Brad’s hesitancy. There is enough action to keep children’s attention, and because of the uncomplicated plot and short time span of the story, reluctant readers will also find it satisfying.”