Whirligig

Paul Fleischman

Square Fish

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When sixteen-year-old Brent Bishop inadvertently causes the death of a young woman, he is sent on an unusual journey of repentance, building wind toys across the land.

In his most ambitious novel to date, Newbery winner Paul Fleischman traces Brent's healing pilgrimage from Washington State to California, Florida, and Maine, and describes the many lives set into new motion by the ingenious creations Brent leaves behind.

Paul Fleischman is the master of multivoiced books for younger readers. In Whirligig he has created a novel about hidden connections that is itself a wonder of spinning hearts and grand surprises.

 

 

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“Complex and rewarding, this is a stellar addition to a consummate writer’s body of work.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This is a cathartic story of redemption. Brent, filled with self-doubt, guilt, and a host of worries, is a character today's adolescents will recognize and agonize with. Fleischman's writing is filled with beautiful imagery, no more so than in the twirling arms of his whirligigs that remind readers that sustaining the human spirit in an imperfect world requires reaching out to others.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Though Whirligig has linear movement, it impresses readers more with its sense of interconnected spiraling. . . . There is enormous vitality and hopefulness expressed in this brief masterwork.”—School Library Journal

“In an intricately structured novel, Fleischman skillfully connects the stories of several people to the evolution of his main character. . . . Brent’s journey is an embracing and an edifying one.”—The Horn Book

“The story as a whole and the inner sense of self that Brent achieves through his experiences are mesmerizing. The language of the whirligig stories gleams and soars: a metaphor of movement, dance, laughter, and irrepressible life.”—Booklist

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Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is also the author of the young adult novel The Mind's Eye, and middle-grade novels including Bull Run and Seedfolks. He lives with his wife in northern California.
 

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Golden Kite Award Winner, New Mexico Land of Enchantment, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Texas Lone Star Reading List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Washington Evergreen YA Book Award

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
October 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312629113
ISBN10: 0312629117
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 760LL
F&P Level A-Z: Y
AR Quiz Number: 25062
AR Points: 5

$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
December 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466860322
ISBN10: 1466860324
Young Adult Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 12 to 17
Grade Range: 7 to 12
$5.70
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