Frank the Fish Finds His Forever Home

by Sarah Burnett-Murray
Illustrated by Cory Cole

Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Fishes
Juvenile Fiction | Family | Adoption
Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
42 Pages
ISBN 978-1-7778033-5-3 (Paperback) | $16.99 CAD
ISBN 978-1-7778033-4-6 (eBook) | $9.99 CAD
ISBN 978-1-7778033-3-9 (Hardcover) | $25.99
ISBN 978-1-7778033-7-7 (French) | $16.99 CAD – Coming Soon!
On-sale Date: November 18, 2021
Available through Amazon and Ingram (Worldwide) |
Twin Horseshoes Publishing |

About the Book

This is a story about a betta fish named Frank. Frank is more person than fish. He loves his people, he likes his routine, and he knows what he wants. Unlike most fish, he’s very expressive and is more than capable of conveying his displeasure or joy.

After a journey full of ups and downs, Frank realizes that home isn’t about where you live, it’s about who you love and who loves you. Join Frank on his adventure to find his forever home!

A portion of all proceeds from “Frank the Fish Finds His Forever Home” will be donated to a non-profit organization supporting adoption.

About the Author

Sarah Burnett-Murray holds several degrees, diplomas, and certificates, including a Master of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University. After working in the health care field for 17 years, Sarah switched professions to pursue work in the co-operative housing sector. Currently, she is pursuing her Accredited Member of the Institute of Housing Management (AIHM) certification. Sarah is a big proponent of community engagement and education. As such, she spends a great deal of time volunteering as president of the Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation and President of a local co-op housing board of directors. In addition, Sarah instructs for two co-op housing federations and sits on the Canada’s National Education Committee (CHF Canada).

Her favourite pastimes include spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, music, movies, and going on new adventures. Sarah is passionate about children and animals. She is currently in the adoption process as a way to build her family and has rescued many animals over the years. She believes that small kindnesses can change the world and that even tiny fish (like Frank) deserve a great life.

You can reach Sarah at or follow her on social media:

About the Illustrator

Cory Cole has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brock University and a Certificate in Graphic Design from Durham College. She received the Durham College Award, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery Award, and the title of Highest Ranking Graduate. Cory has been working as a graphic designer for more than 18 years. Cory has always had a love for art, and when she is not drawing cartoons for the local newspaper, she enjoys teaching. In her spare time, Cory loves trail running and walks in the woods with her family and toy poodles Henri and Carol.

You can reach Cory at or follow her on social media:

Praise for Frank the Fish Finds His Forever Home

“OMGosh – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it…it’s amazing…right from the heart of the story to the incredible voice that you give it and the use of light in the illustrations. SO WONDERFUL, Sarah!”

Sandra, Child Welfare Worker

Frank the Fish Finds His Forever Home by Sarah Burnett-Murray is based on a true story of a betta fish in Ontario, Canada. Readers of all ages will connect with this wonderful story of Frank the Fish! Through this book, the reader is taken on a roller coaster journey as Frank finds himself in a world of uncertainty. The image of being left alone (p.14), is one of the many illustrations in the book that perfectly depicts Frank’s feelings as he navigates his surroundings. It made my heart sink and eyes tear up for Frank. Through her thoughtful writing, Sarah sheds light on the fears and worries of Frank, and taps into the real fears of children in adoption and foster care. Frank reminds the reader that it’s okay to be scared, and that much can be found on the other side of one’s fears. Frank truly gives readers hope for their own life journeys.”

Daisy-Mae, Author, Professor, and Motivational Speaker

“What a great read! I read to both my son who is 7 and my daughter who is 4 and they agreed that Frank the Fish is a pretty awesome character. I personally loved how many big feelings Frank the Fish conveyed to the reader that were completely relatable for everyone from kids to adults. My kids and I felt empathy for him and wanted him to find happiness. We really felt like we were rooting for him in finding his forever home. The underlying topic of adoption is such a nice theme that you layered into the book using Frank. And I think the fact that Frank didn’t find his forever home at first and had to deal with some tough emotions resembled the realities of adoption which is so important. Frank has taken a topic that can be hard to talk about and made it relatable. My kids and I chatted about it after we were done reading and it was great way for me to talk to them about this theme.”


“I really like Frank the Fish and the people that took care of him. I want to hear more of his adventures!”

Thea, Age 4

“Cute story. I liked the premise and that they talked to him about moving later.”

Joscelyn, Thea’s Grandma

“I really like Frank the Fish. I liked it when the man found Frank in his bowl on the shelf.”

Paolo, Age 4

“Everyone wants a home where they feel safe, cared for, and loved; the story of Frank the Fish captures this with honest and straightforward writing. The vibrant illustrations are immediately engaging and draw the reader in. The descriptions of Frank’s living situations and of his feelings, especially learning to trust, are shared in a non-judgemental way. Frank has a hopeful and positive nature, and I like that he acknowledges his intuition at different points in the story. This is a wonderful book for all types of families! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!”


“Frank the Fish is a story about the importance of family and connections. This story explores adoption through the eyes of a fish who longs for consistency and love. But as Frank discovers, it’s not where you live but how you are loved that matters. The story of Frank the Fish will help to reinforce discussions about adoption and the importance of a supportive and loving home. It may also resonate with any parent whose child is begging for their first pet, unaware of the commitment required. This book would be appropriate for young children who are sure to fall in love with Frank as they follow him in his quest for family.”

Martha, Elementary School Teacher