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Canoedling in Cleveland

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the summer of 1960 before his senior year in high school, Jeff Klossen canoodles friends Randy and Lori into joining him in canoeing every lake and stream around Cleveland. Dynamics between the teens change as they battle rapids, and waters poisoned by pollution. Though at first the boys assume the lead, Lori's daring and determination win her admiration and an equal pl ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Square Deal Books
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Kathy Cunningham
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On one level, Richard Morris’s CANOEDLING IN CLEVELAND is a cute, nostalgic story about three teenagers spending the summer of 1960 taking canoe trips. Jeff Klossen bets his older brother $100 that he “will canoe every lake and stream around [Orchard Park] that’s canoeable” before Labor Day. And that’s exactly what he sets out to do, with friends Randy Clark and Lori Matthews along for the ride. But on another level, the novel is about the racial divide in the suburbs of Cleveland, and Jeff’s gr ...more
Carolivia Herron
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer of 1960. Three white teenagers, Jeff, Randy and Lori are canoeing the rivers near Cleveland over summer vacation. After Randy mentions an item from the day’s newspaper — Elvis leaving the army, Jeff and Lori turn the conversation to other news, the sit-ins that are happening all over the south. Jeff wonders why there are no Negroes in their neighborhood, and Lori soon joins Jeff in expressing sympathy for the protesters’ goal of racial integration.

Jeff is the mover and protagonist of the
Shannon Wyss
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Canoedling in Cleveland" is just as delightful as its title. It is great to have a race-based, social justice book written from the perspective of white youth. So often, books about race and ethnicity are written by people of color and from the perspective of individuals of color. Fortunately for all of us, Richard Morris is willing to break that mold.

In addition to being a great and fun canoeing story, Morris's book can give readers of all ages and races/ethnicities -- but especially white yo
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun to read about Cleveland and the waterways around there.
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