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Macmillan, May 15, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 133 pages
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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 by the ingenious creations Brent leaves behind.

Paul Fleischman is the master of multivoiced books for younger readers. 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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User Review  - heart77 - LibraryThing

This was a powerful book. I first read it when I was about ten, probably a bit too young, but it was a really good book about cause-and-effect and restorative justice. It's intellectual without being too heavy-handed. The writing is poetic and angry, sometimes funny. Great book. Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

I loved every minute of reading this book, and I could barely contain my happiness when junking, contra dancing, and bookcrossing appeared in the end. Yes, those are some of the few things that make ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise, as well as a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He lives with his wife and children in Pacific Grove, California.