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...more
Seventeen (or maybe 16) year old Brent has moved around a lot. He never feels comfortable anywhere. He's constantly trying to figure out the lay of the land -- what clothes are cool, who the cool kids are, how to create the perfect image. Brent is just starting to figure it all out at his new school when he goes to a party he's not ...more
Nonetheless, it is a fine story: high schooler Brent Bishop seems like a bit of a tool; drunk and full of self-pity one night after a party, he tries to kill himself in his car on the highway but ends up killing a young woman i ...more
Whirligig is a beautiful story about how all mankind is connected and how everything we do can have a significant impact on others that we may never even meet. After accidentally killing a teenage girl, Lea, in a car accident while attempting to kill himself, Brent Bishop finds himself on a road to repentance which includes building whirligigs in honor of Lea in the four corners of the United States. As Brent travels, he meets people and who change his ...more
It starts with Brent killing Lea, the first in a series of actions that effect others. As Brent travels and builds the whirligigs in Lea's memory he grows and changes. Part of the reason the book is such a great read is that every other chapter is not about Brent but about the effect his work has on others when they see his whirligigs. These people range in ages and locations, but are tied togethe ...more
Glad I read it, and glad I didn't spend too much time on it.
I loved this book. It's a quick read, but one packed with insight, emotion, and inspiration. I can't imagine being in Brent's shoes, having killed a girl while trying to commit suicide, but his journey is touching. I admire his need for restitution and his willingness to go all over the country building whirligigs. I think one of the most touching aspects of this book was the mother's willingness to forgive. All she asked was for Brent to build and plant four ...more
I think this book is important for high schoolers to read, especially in the wake of 13 Reasons Why and other stories which romanticize suicide. The message “actions have consequences” is something I t ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Young Reader, Girl/Problem Child and Totem Pole or Directional Sign or Wind Chime, Maine. [s]||4||12||Jul 19, 2018 10:22PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Boy kills a girl after letting go of wheel after party [s]||8||50||May 05, 2014 02:32AM|
|Great book!||2||11||Apr 04, 2013 07:06PM|
|Great book!||1||6||Nov 01, 2011 11:06PM|
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released ...more