By Richard W. Jennings
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618552481, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 2006
Something stinks about fishing. And as far as Cade Carlsen is concerned, it isn’t just his family’s best-selling catfish bait, either. While there is no denying that the secret recipe concocted by his grandfather does indeed produce one of the foulest odors ever known, it is not the bait’s smell but its effectiveness that bothers Cade. Fish feel pain, Cade is sure of it, so he and his family are complicit in the suffering and death of countless catfish. Cade is determined to make amends, but the question is, how?
Richard W. Jennings has published more than fifty essays, articles, and short stories, including The Tragic Tale of the Dog Who Killed Himself, published by Bantam Books in 1980 to widespread critical acclaim, in addition to his recent titles published with Houghton Mifflin -- Orwell's Luck, The Great Whale of Kansas, My Life of Crime, and Scribble. He is cofounder of a popular Kansas City-area bookstore and former editor of KANSAS CITY MAGAZINE. He has five children, four grandchildren, a dog, a cat, and a parrot and lives in Kansas.