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Whirligig

by Paul Fleischman  |   Grades 7-12  |  Lexile 760

When sixteen-year-old Brent Bishop accidentally kills a young woman, her mother requests that he build whirligigs in the four corners of the United States-in Washington, California, Florida, and Maine. In this most innovative and emotional novel, Newbery winner Paul Fleischman follows Brent's healing pilgrimage, and describes the many lives redeemed by the mere toys Brent leaves behind. Paul Fleischman is a master at employing multiple narrative voices to tell his stories. 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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