With a family always on the move, popularity and the ability to fit in quickly are vital to Brent Bishop s high school survival. When he blows his chances with the girl of his dreams in front of everyone, he s devastated. Brent tries to end it all in a fatal car crash, but instead he finds an unlikely beginning. He s sent on a journey of repentance a cross-country trip building whirligigs. His wind toys are found by people in need: a Maine schoolgirl yearning for her first love, a Miami street-sweeper desperate for peace and quiet, a kid in Washington who just wants to play baseball, and a San Diego teenager dealing with loss. Brent s whirligigs bring hope to others, but will they be able to heal the wounds deep inside himself?
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Brent Bishop longs to have the popular Brianna strolling around school on his arm. But when she rejects him at a classmate's party, Brent's hopes for popularity are instantly shattered. Devastated, he tries to destroy himself in a car crash... but instead kills an innocent girl named Lea.
Instead of sending him to jail, Lea's parents challenge Brent to create four whirligigs modeled on a picture of Lea and position them at the four corners of the United States. Lea's mother hopes that the whirligig that used to delight Lea will be a fitting memorial for her precious daughter. She sends Brent off with an unlimited bus ticket, a few pieces of wood, and the tools to memorialize Lea. On his mission to preserve his victim's memory, Brent ultimately rediscovers his own love of life.
Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is also the author of the young adult novel The Mind's Eye, and middle-grade novels including Bull Run and Seedfolks. He lives with his wife in northern California.
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Book Description Audio Bookshelf, 1999. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.50x4.00x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1883332389