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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
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Sep 20, 07

Recommended for: teen boys, sports fans, reluctant readers
Read in July, 2007

An adopted black high school senior in very white central Washington brings together a crew of outcasts for a swim team. Good considering the rather ho-hum premise. The main character is believable and a strong narrator, the plot is interesting and well-paced. Good for a reluctant teen reader, especially one with an interest in sports. Some language, not too bad. An interesting look at racism, sports obsession, and what makes a family. Also good in that the adoption thing is presented more as a fact than some big center of controversy and despair...Oh, but did I mention that I can't figure out the cover. Why is there randomly a white jock running on the book about a black protagonist? Weird.
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