A Warm Portrayal of Childhood Innocence: Teaching Notes for Rainfish by Andrew Paterson

A Warm Portrayal of Childhood Innocence: Teaching Notes for Rainfish by Andrew Paterson

Andrew Paterson’s debut middle-grade novel Rainfish is a delightful middle-grade novel exploring childhood innocence—a warm and humorous portrayal of a young boy trying to undo an impulsive mistake.

Aaron lives with his mum and older brother in a small town on the edge of a rainforest in tropical Far North Queensland. He’s sick of being the little brother, left out of all the interesting stuff the older kids get up to. So when he meets Damon he’s keen to impress him. It’s all going well, until Damon suggests they break into the church. Aaron’s nervous and uncomfortable. But he can’t back out now—he’s only just beginning to be accepted.

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20 July 2021

A Delightful Middle-Grade Debut: Read our Review of Rainfish by Andrew Paterson

Synopsis

Aaron lives with his mum and older brother in a small town on the edge of a rainforest in tropical Far North Queensland. He’s sick of being the little brother, left out of all the interesting stuff the older kids get up to. So when he meets Damon he’s keen to impress him. It’s all going well, until Damon suggests they break into the church. Aaron’s nervous and uncomfortable. But he can’t back out now—he’s only just beginning to be accepted. When the theft is reported in the local newspaper and the police knock on the door, Aaron finds himself hiding the truth in a tangle of lies. And before long his deep sense of guilt and fear of being found out overwhelm him. And then, when he discovers that the mudcod in the old bath in the backyard—the fish he’d caught in the river in the rainforest—are the rainfish of local legend, he becomes convinced that he is responsible for the terrible rainstorms and floods that devastate the town. Rainfish is a delightful middle-grade novel exploring childhood innocence—a warm and humorous portrayal of a young boy trying to undo an impulsive mistake.
Andrew Paterson
About the author

Andrew Paterson

Andrew Paterson is a medical doctor. He was brought up and currently lives and works in Far North Queensland, where Rainfish is set. He has a graduate diploma in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.

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