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Whale Talk

Title

Whale Talk

Authors

Chris Crutcher

Publisher

Greenwillow Books

Pages

220 pages

Publication Year

2001

ISBN

9780688180195

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Adoption; Multiracial; adopted child; multiracial child; adoptive family

Annotation

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

adoptive parents

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Black / Japanese / White

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year,2002 Bank Street College of Education; Capitol Choices,2001 The Capitol Choices Committee; Children's Book Sense 76 Picks, Spring/Summer,2001 Book Sense 76; Los Angeles' 100 Best Books,2001 IRA Children's Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition,2005 H.W. Wilson; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition,2002 H.W. Wilson; Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners,2004 YALSA-ALA; Parent's Guide to Children's Media,2001 Parent s Guide to Children s Media, Inc.; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books,2001 Cahners; Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, March,2001 Cahners; Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition,2002 H.W. Wilson; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults,2002 American Library Association; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults,2005 American Library Association; Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Maryland; California Young Reader Medal, 2004; Nominee California; Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2002; Nominee Colorado; Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Indiana; Iowa High School Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Iowa; Nevada Young Readers' Award, 2004; Nominee Nevada; Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2002; Nominee Rhode Island; Soaring Eagle Book Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Wyoming; South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee South Carolina; Tayshas High School Reading List, 2002; Texas; Virginia Young Readers Program, 2003-2004; Nominee Virginia; Volunteer State Book Award, 2004; Nominee Tennessee; Young Adult Reading Program, 2002; South Dakota; Young Reader's Choice Award, 2004; Nominee Pacific Northwest; ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 2002 Winner United States; Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2003 Finalist United States; Pacific Northwest Book Award, 2002 Winner Pacific Northwest

Keywords

swimming; high school; racially mixed people; sports; popular kids; unpopular kids

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Whale Talk

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