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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 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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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 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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  1. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Wow, I find all the mixed and/or negative reviews of this book shocking. I LOVED it. I thought it was beautifully written, poignant, and nearly impossible to put down. 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 Wow, I find all the mixed and/or negative reviews of this book shocking. I LOVED it. I thought it was beautifully written, poignant, and nearly impossible to put down. 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 strictly invited to, drinks a bit too much, and gets publicly humiliated by the girl he's had a crush on since moving. Mortified, Brent storms off and decides to commit suicide by crashing his car. Brent escapes with just cuts and a minor concussion, but the crash kills a 19 year old woman named Lea. Lea's mother asks Brent, as restitution, to travel the country and place 4 whirligigs in Lea's image in the corners of the country -- to pass on the joy that Lea would have brought to the world. Brent's journey is emotional as well as physical as he, bit by bit, comes to terms with taking another person's life. This premise could easily come across as preachy or even silly, if not for Fleischman's beautiful writing. Details of Brent's journey are interspersed with four accounts of people encountering the whirligigs. The experience is moving for the reader without seeming intentionally tear-jerking or manipulative -- although I did cry for pretty much an entire chapter at one point. "Brent observed travelers writing postcards, recalled that he'd brought some, and realized he had no one he wanted to send them to. He was a planet on which there was no other life yet." "I pledge allegiance to Sarah Chang and all other Asian-Americans that I will be quiet, hardworking, and polite, succeeding in all things through dedication." A Korean character reciting the Pledge of Allegiance that's "only for people of Asian background." "Somebody...I don't know who, said there shouldn't be laughing after Auschwitz. That nobody could ever want to laugh again after the things that happened there...But I was there, kindelah. Yes, very terrible. What I saw you should never dream. But I can also tell you that all those that died want that we should have a life with laughing. Not sad all the time, always reading books about Nazis and men who like killing. They want us to laugh all the laughs that were taken away from them."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Adams

    I really, really disliked this book. Whirligig is about a teenager named Brent who decides to kill himself after a popular girl rejects him at a party. He drives drunk and ends up killing an young girl instead. The girl's mother asks Brent to go build memorial whirligigs for her daughter at the four corners of the United States. In the process, Brent rediscovers meaning and purpose in his own life. I hated the book mostly because I have zero empathy for the plight of a sad white boy who feels I really, really disliked this book. Whirligig is about a teenager named Brent who decides to kill himself after a popular girl rejects him at a party. He drives drunk and ends up killing an young girl instead. The girl's mother asks Brent to go build memorial whirligigs for her daughter at the four corners of the United States. In the process, Brent rediscovers meaning and purpose in his own life. I hated the book mostly because I have zero empathy for the plight of a sad white boy who feels entitled to the attention of a girl, and becomes destructive when he doesn't. Stories like this, where in the end the young person learns that popularity isn't everything, don't do anything new, or say anything profound. I also resent novels about angsty teenage boys that use the death of a young girl as motivation for their own self-discovery. It makes me mad. Lea's life was worth more than as a plot device to make a kid feel better about himself. Ugh. Never again. The redeeming quality of this book is the chapters written from other perspectives—of those who encounter the whirligigs long after Brent is gone. If the book had been full of those stories, it would have been great.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Petergiaquinta

    This is the framework of a great little story with a lot of potential, but it's too bad the author didn't flesh it out more. I read it in two sittings, and I'm a slow reader, so there just isn't enough detail or development to bring the book to life in the way it deserves. 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 This is the framework of a great little story with a lot of potential, but it's too bad the author didn't flesh it out more. I read it in two sittings, and I'm a slow reader, so there just isn't enough detail or development to bring the book to life in the way it deserves. 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 instead. As part of his sentencing, Brent must make restitution to her family, and the woman's mother asks that he go to the four corners of the continental U.S. and build a whirligig in each location as a memorial to her dead daughter. Brent journeys by bus and builds the whirligigs, learns some important lessons about himself and begins to find something in the way of redemption, while each alternating chapter tells a separate story about another character at some point in the future interacting with the whirligig in each location. Both Brent's story and those of the other four characters are appealing, but I wish Fleischman had chosen to write more of novel. I get the feeling he pulled back, wanting to craft a book for the YA market, when he could have written something so much better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    William Lu

    The book Whirligig by Paul Fleischman reminded me of the book Restart by Gordan Korman. Both of these books tell a story of someone who loses their memory and wishes to change their past. Although Whirligig was very different from what I like to read in my spare time, I enjoyed the book immensely because of the contrast and surprising details that the author had dropped in just for the reader to stay engaged.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Genre/Category: Social Issues/ Bildungsroman 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 Genre/Category: Social Issues/ Bildungsroman 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 life and has experiences that leave him believing that there is hope for him to be a good person and live a productive life. Brent’s story is intermingled with the stories of people whose lives are changed for the better as they encounter his whirligigs. Fleischman’s simple writing style and clever technique of skipping back and forth between different stories make this book both engaging and inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, though readers should probably be at least teenagers in order to understand the deeper message.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This book is a great example of how our actions effect other people, especially those we never meet. 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 This book is a great example of how our actions effect other people, especially those we never meet. 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 together through these simple mechanisms. This books is a charming and easy read, made more so because of it's slim size so it's rather easy to carry around for a quick read in lines, on busses, and in that quiet little corner you've been searching for.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Since the book was required to read, and we were constantly doing assignments on it, my ability to enjoy the book was somewhat impaired. However, I did still find it fairly interesting. I felt that it was a little harder for me personally to relate to the main character since he was in high school, but anyone who is or has been in high school will be able to easily relate to some of the emotions and thoughts he has. Though kind of melancholy and depressing, the plotline is interesting and kept Since the book was required to read, and we were constantly doing assignments on it, my ability to enjoy the book was somewhat impaired. However, I did still find it fairly interesting. I felt that it was a little harder for me personally to relate to the main character since he was in high school, but anyone who is or has been in high school will be able to easily relate to some of the emotions and thoughts he has. Though kind of melancholy and depressing, the plotline is interesting and kept me fairly engaged.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Whirligig? More like NO. STOP. WHY. (I should have a review up about this book sometime soon ish aka three months later)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily Bond

    Fleischman limits his characters to stereotypical roles and trajectories... also just a lot of bad writing. Really a crime that its being taught in American schools Fleischman limits his characters to stereotypical roles and trajectories... also just a lot of bad writing. Really a crime that it’s being taught in American schools

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Very short, which makes each stitched-together story even shorter. The vignettes are more like anecdotes, and the characters more like types. The beginning was especially awful and I almost put the book down. And though I loved the street-sweeper who thought he wanted to be a shearwater, I don't know when he saw a whirligig. Glad I read it, and glad I didn't spend too much time on it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Smith

    Brent Bishop is a typical new kid. He is worried about his status in the school and wants desperately to have the popular Brianna on his arm and goes to great lengths to make that happen, including putting himself out there at a party. Brianna, however, has other ideas about her life and Brent suffers public humiliation after she rejects him in front of everyone at the party. Brent leaves the party after he has been drinking and decides that life isnt worth it anymore and decides to end his Brent Bishop is a typical new kid. He is worried about his status in the school and wants desperately to have the popular Brianna on his arm and goes to great lengths to make that happen, including putting himself out there at a party. Brianna, however, has other ideas about her life and Brent suffers public humiliation after she rejects him in front of everyone at the party. Brent leaves the party after he has been drinking and decides that life isn’t worth it anymore and decides to end his life. His reckless driving causes the death of a stranger though instead of himself. Lea was a stranger to Brent but to those who knew her she was a highly driven, talented, and well liked senior in high school. Brent’s parents think they are helping by trying to minimize his sense of guilt, but Brent is continuously tormented by what he has done and wants to make amends and have some resolution to his mistake. Lea’s mother wants to meet with Brent and asks him to "make four whirligigs, of a girl that looks like Lea....Then set them up in Washington, California, Florida, and Maine the corners of the United States." She believes that this will be enough of a punishment for him and over the course of his journey Brent is able to find himself as well as so much more. This is one of those books that when my students ask me what they should read I automatically run to the shelf for. I love Fleischman’s novel because it has so many layers to it and it flows so well. We are able to watch Brent’s journey of forgiveness of himself as well as the impact the whirligig’s have on those he meets. We see the creation of each whirligig and the multiple layers and meanings behind it and the bystanders who are also impacted by the whirligig: a young violinist, a Holocaust survivor, a Puerto Rican street-sweeper. I love that this book is different from others because there is so much emotion in Brent and it comes through him in a very relatable way. Brent is a believable character because Fleischman writes him as such. Readers are able to see Brent grown and learn as he creates each whirligig and see his emotional response to his creations. This is a brief work but so much is packed in that you might miss out on something if you read too fast. I love that Fleischman has so much packed into this masterpiece and every time I point someone to it they always come away with a reaction of amazement for what they are walking away with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    coming-of-age/restitution/forgiveness 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 coming-of-age/restitution/forgiveness 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 whirligigs in the four corners of the United States. She accepted her daughter's death and wanted Brent to heal as well. I think that Mrs. Zamora's quick forgiveness was what propelled Brent to ultimately forgive himself. Brent really can start over and reconcile his past actions with others and himself. Brent discovers not exactly who he wants to be, but he better sees who he can be, that he can overcome his mistakes and start anew, a lesson I think we all need to learn at some point. I loved the chapters telling the stories of how the whirligigs affected other people. This book showed the depth of humanity; not only was Brent healed through this process, but others also found themselves through the whirligigs. I think this is a great book for teenagers to read. It deals with serious issues in a way that teenagers can understand but they can still be stretched in the process. It will compel them to think and evaluate their own lives, helping them find ways to make their own lives and others' lives beautiful.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very typical teenage boy, Brent Bishop, goes to a party, gets drunk, is mocked, and decides on the way home to kill himself. Instead, he kills someone else as he frees his hands from the steering wheel of the car hes driving. As part of his restitution, the mother of the woman he killed requests that he make four whirligigs, placing them in the four corners of the United States: Washington, California, Florida, and Maine. The beginning of the novel was a bit flat, but the ending was brilliant, A very typical teenage boy, Brent Bishop, goes to a party, gets drunk, is mocked, and decides on the way home to kill himself. Instead, he kills someone else as he frees his hands from the steering wheel of the car he’s driving. As part of his restitution, the mother of the woman he killed requests that he make four whirligigs, placing them in the four corners of the United States: Washington, California, Florida, and Maine. The beginning of the novel was a bit flat, but the ending was brilliant, as Brent finishes his task and on impulse, attends a contradance where he becomes part of a human whirligig, set in motion by music instead of wind. Told in alternating chapters of close third person POV (Brent Bishop) and first person POV of random characters who are positively affected by the whirligigs.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Loved. Simply could not set it down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julia C

    Picking up this book, it looked different but I thought "don't judge a book by its cover". Before this book, I read Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom and loved it. Whirligig by Paul Fleischman was in the same section on the book shelf as Of Beetles and Angels, so I thought, maybe, just maybe, this book will be as good. Well, I was wrong. The first twenty or so pages were good. As I kept reading, I realized it was a mistake, but I Picking up this book, it looked different but I thought "don't judge a book by it’s cover". Before this book, I read Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom and loved it. Whirligig by Paul Fleischman was in the same section on the book shelf as Of Beetles and Angels, so I thought, maybe, just maybe, this book will be as good. Well, I was wrong. The first twenty or so pages were good. As I kept reading, I realized it was a mistake, but I didn't really want to start a new book. Whirligig is about a high-schooler named Brent Bishop. One night at a party, everything goes wrong. He leaves the party, drunk, and decides he wants to kill himself. He lets go of the wheel and hits another car, killing the driver. The driver was a 18 year old girl named Lea. She was intelligent, hardworking, fun, and loving. Brent thinks his life is over. He is put on probation and meets with Lea's mom. He is not forgiven, but Lea's mom says that he can do one thing to make things better: place whirligigs on each corner of the United States (Washington, California, Florida, and Maine). She even buys him a bus pass. These whirligigs have to have Lea's name and face on them to create smiles that Lea would've made if she was alive. As Brent travels around the country, he starts to find himself again. He starts to think that since Lea is dead, he must live his life to the fullest to make up for her's. He joins the art world after falling in love with other whirligigs he has seen around the US. He accepts his past and moves on with the future. Honestly, I didn't like this book. There was too much fluff and unnecessary parts. It was very difficult to understand and some of the chapters were not clear. Some chapters would go into the future and talk about how people are admiring the whirligigs Brent built. I thought it was good at first, but then I realized that it's not a book I want to pick up and read. It took me awhile to get through this book because I didn't want to read it. But, I toughed it out and finished it (a little later than I should've). Overall, this was not my favorite book. It was rough getting through it, but I felt accomplished in the end. More advanced readers would probably understand and enjoy this book more. The nice thing about it is that it’s short and you can finish it in a few sittings. Just because I didn't like this book doesn't mean you won't... If you're big into reading, I say "why not!" I am now starting to read a realistic fiction book called Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler, which is a total different genre than the last two books I've read, but I think it's time for a change.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Though many elements made this seem like a dated read (most salient: Brent's GQ-inspired slicked back hair, single-lobe earring, and his buddy's intentionally torn-up jeans) the primary themes of the necessity of confronting the consequences of one's rash actions and the redemptive and transformative nature of a selfless journey remained poignant and effective throughout the narrative. Initially, I had a hard time buying into Brent's existential angst which led to his suicide attempt. The Though many elements made this seem like a dated read (most salient: Brent's GQ-inspired slicked back hair, single-lobe earring, and his buddy's intentionally torn-up jeans) the primary themes of the necessity of confronting the consequences of one's rash actions and the redemptive and transformative nature of a selfless journey remained poignant and effective throughout the narrative. Initially, I had a hard time buying into Brent's existential angst which led to his suicide attempt. The circumstances leading to this decision seemed trivial, and Brent's own character did not seem to demonstrate to me a person capable of the impulsiveness, desperation, or carelessness to commit such a violent act, even if intoxicated. Even though the exposition seemed rushed (and, to me, unbelievable), the true beauty of Brent's story begins when we witness the first lives his whirligig inventions touch. These four vignettes capture a plaintive nostalgia that is at once heartbreaking and uplifting—I imagine a sentiment not entirely dissimilar to the way that Brent feels at the end of the novel. Each story explores how the whirligig functions to help salve wounds in the lives of those who encounter these strange contraptions. For instance, we meet two young girls who yearn for romance and after encountering the Maine-based whirligig carry with them a whimsical, newfound faith in love’s strange power. Or, the story of a Miami father who cannot find peace after the premature and sudden loss of his infant daughter, but after encountering the marching band whirligig, discovers that the family and friends around him are a source of strength and comfort, not discord. Brent is ignorant of the impact his art makes in these lives (and presumably many others), but as reader’s, Fleischman drives home the notion that all actions—good, bad, or otherwise—resonate beyond ourselves to cause ripple effects in ways unknown and that it is our responsibility to remain mindful of the power each of us has to effective positive or negative change in the world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna G.

    Whirligig was an interesting novel by Paul Fleischman about a high schooler named Brent who kills a young woman in a drunk driving accident while trying to commit suicide. His punishment is is to set up whirligigs at the four corners of the country, in Washington, Maine. Florida, and California to help reserve the image of Lea, the girl he killed. The book follows Bret's experiences and his journey to put up all four of the whirligigs across the country, as well as the valuable life lessons he Whirligig was an interesting novel by Paul Fleischman about a high schooler named Brent who kills a young woman in a drunk driving accident while trying to commit suicide. His punishment is is to set up whirligigs at the four corners of the country, in Washington, Maine. Florida, and California to help reserve the image of Lea, the girl he killed. The book follows Bret's experiences and his journey to put up all four of the whirligigs across the country, as well as the valuable life lessons he learns in the process. The chapters alternate between Brent's point of view and the point of view of someone who was later influenced by his whirligigs in a way that changed their lives. The chapters that were not about Brent seemed to captivate me more as Steph uses guided imagery to find a boyfriend next to the whirligig in Maine or when Flaco decides to return home after seeing and understanding the meaning of the whirligig in Florida.Brent's character did not seem to develop very much, only at the beginning after the crash when what he has done begins to sink in, and towards the end when Brent is told that he can still be a good person even with what he has done. Brent is a bit of a spoiled brat at the beginning of the story but he is a person with values at the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maddie H.

    Whirligig by Paul Fleischman tells the story of Brent, a teenager who is affected by a tragic accident, which leads him to a quest of putting four whirligigs across the United States. But unlike what I thought the book would be, the book is not entirely based off of the actions and story of Brent. After reading only the first chapter, I was scanning the second chapter, because I was intrigued to see what happened. I was very confused to find a completely different story. But after reading the Whirligig by Paul Fleischman tells the story of Brent, a teenager who is affected by a tragic accident, which leads him to a quest of putting four whirligigs across the United States. But unlike what I thought the book would be, the book is not entirely based off of the actions and story of Brent. After reading only the first chapter, I was scanning the second chapter, because I was intrigued to see what happened. I was very confused to find a completely different story. But after reading the second chapter, I found that I enjoyed these random tidbits of life after Brent's journey. They showed a lot more character in characters (Steph, Jenny, Flaco, etc.) than I think Brent ever had. (My favorite chapter was San Diego, California.) Brent didn't really change except for A) Very dramatic after the crash and B) Close to the very end of the book. I think Brent was a better character at the beginning of the book, because he had more action and motive than when he was depressed and moving across the country.

  19. 4 out of 5

    India

    So there's this kid Brent. Brent has a crush on Briana, the popular chick at school. Brent is invited to a party. Briana is there. Brent is rejected by Briana at this party. Brent decides this is a sufficient reason to commit suicide. Brent tries to kill himself by getting in a car crash but instead kills a girl named Lea. Lea's parents are kind. They tell Brent that if he builds four whirligigs (whatever the heck those are) and puts them up at the four corners of the USA, they won't send him to So there's this kid Brent. Brent has a crush on Briana, the popular chick at school. Brent is invited to a party. Briana is there. Brent is rejected by Briana at this party. Brent decides this is a sufficient reason to commit suicide. Brent tries to kill himself by getting in a car crash but instead kills a girl named Lea. Lea's parents are kind. They tell Brent that if he builds four whirligigs (whatever the heck those are) and puts them up at the four corners of the USA, they won't send him to jail. Brent agrees. Of course. Because why not? The above paragraph just about contains all the excitement I feel for this book. Through lots of different points of view, we see the effects that the whirligigs have on teenagers, adults, and Brent himself. We also see as he becomes obsessed with building these things. Heh. Not weird at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cate H.

    When I first looked at this book I expected a completely different storyline. Brents character changed considerably in the beginning of the story but after the first few chapters he didnt change hardly at all. I found myself quickly reading through Brents chapters so I could read the alternate chapters. I liked the chapters that were different better than the main plotline. The reader could understand how the whirligigs affected people in the community. In my opinion the characters in these When I first looked at this book I expected a completely different storyline. Brent’s character changed considerably in the beginning of the story but after the first few chapters he didn’t change hardly at all. I found myself quickly reading through Brent’s chapters so I could read the alternate chapters. I liked the chapters that were different better than the main plotline. The reader could understand how the whirligigs affected people in the community. In my opinion the characters in these sections were more relatable to daily life. However the book brought across a very powerful message of the importance of life. Overall I enjoyed the book even with its faults.

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.R. Patterson

    I think this book would have been better if I had not listened to it. I think I missed some important parts. Also some of the people really annoyed me, and I think it was because of their voices. It was good, though... meaningful and pretty well written. I had expectations that things were going to come together differently at the end, so I was a bit thrown off when it was over.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cowlover129

    I thought this book was extremely shallow and I didn't like how Bret was able to go on an adventure rather than pay the price for his crime. He is a spoiled brat who never really pays a price for what he did and that BUGS me!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Rogers

    This book was much better than I was expecting. Maybe because I have to teach it to my 9th graders, so I was required to read it, and I hate all required reading. It starts out a little slow, but the real emotions Brent and the other characters experience drew me in and got me hooked on the story. 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 try This book was much better than I was expecting. Maybe because I have to teach it to my 9th graders, so I was required to read it, and I hate all required reading. It starts out a little slow, but the real emotions Brent and the other characters experience drew me in and got me hooked on the story. 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 try to teach my students on a regular basis as is, so I appreciate the book for that purpose. Also, it fits into the hero’s journey/Odyssey unit I’m currently teaching, so that’s always nice.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Stericker

    I did not have super high expectations for this book, mostly because I impulsively bought it during an Audible sale, but it blew me away with its complexity and heart. I'd say it's like a middle grade Cloud Atlas, but, since this book came out first, Cloud Atlas is actually an adult Whirligig.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Remy

    An interesting, meaningful book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    The front cover of Whirligig says "actions have consequences." Brent Bishop has committed a crime and now is on a cross-country trip of restitution building whirligigs. The chapters alternate between Brent's journey of discovery and the journeys of people in need who happen upon his whirligigs. The whirligigs bring hope to these people. Will they also help Brent heal? I love how Fleishman intertwines the experiences of his characters with Brent's journey. This is a quick, but meaningful read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Lin

    Read this book for school external, it's really good :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    I have had this book for years. I think I bought it at a rummage sale because it had a weirdly intriguing cover. After reading some reviews I decided not to read it because it sounds depressing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    estefania.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ESTEFANIA'S REVIEW; ESTEFANIA'S REVIEW! Whirligig, by Paul Feishamn, wasn't your normal, everyday novel. With a confusing plot and characters that move from place to place- literally- I never really got a chance to enjoy the book. This book was quite unique. The author incorporated geography with what the characters went through within every chapter. Throughout the entire stroy, you're able to connect whirligigs to each character and see first-hand what affect they had upon each person. ESTEFANIA'S REVIEW; ESTEFANIA'S REVIEW! Whirligig, by Paul Feishamn, wasn't your normal, everyday novel. With a confusing plot and characters that move from place to place- literally- I never really got a chance to enjoy the book. This book was quite unique. The author incorporated geography with what the characters went through within every chapter. Throughout the entire stroy, you're able to connect whirligigs to each character and see first-hand what affect they had upon each person. Whirligig wasn't half of what i expected it to be. I really enjoyed the beginning (where you discover an average teenager murdered an 18 year old girl and whose life was changed forever because of it), but everything after that sort of seemed to have fallen out of place. Whirligig was one of those novels that you can learn something from. Something i liked about Fleischman's book was that each chapter had its own special theme and lessons to be learned. I give Whirligig 2 stars; you might really like it, though. ______________________________________________________________________ ANGELICA'S REVIEW; ANGELICA'S REVIEW! I'm barely reading this book, but it seems kind of interesting.(: The only thing i know is that it's kind of confusing and stuff. The first chapter is about a boy named Brent and has moved to Chicago. By accident, he kills this girl while he was trying to kill himself. instead of going to jail, the girl's mother's only request was to make and place 4 whirligigs in the four corners of the United States. The story was confusing at the beginning because it gives Brent's point of view and the people who find the whirligig's points of view. Later, Brent finds out how to make whirligigs. He had this book to teach him how to. He met people on the way that helped him a lot. He discovers thing about himself and the world. The whirligigs resembled Lea |the girl killed| in all the things that she liked.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    The first time I heard of this story was when my school performed the debut of the play Whirligig, based on this book. I hadn't read it or heard of it before. But it's a story that has had an effect on my life and on the life of those at my school. This book is wonderful, full of lessons and pages that make me want to cry. The main character in this book sets out to build whirligigs in the four corners of the US to find forgiveness for accidentally killing a young girl in a car accident. The The first time I heard of this story was when my school performed the debut of the play Whirligig, based on this book. I hadn't read it or heard of it before. But it's a story that has had an effect on my life and on the life of those at my school. This book is wonderful, full of lessons and pages that make me want to cry. The main character in this book sets out to build whirligigs in the four corners of the US to find forgiveness for accidentally killing a young girl in a car accident. The story is complicated and very different from anything I've ever read, but a breath of fresh air. The lessons the boy learns throughout his journey imprinted on me, just as they were meant to. More importantly, I found understanding in this book, along with my classmates that fateful year we did that play. Only a month or so before opening night, one of our dear friends took his life. This play helped ease the ache of his passing and helped us find understanding and gave us a chance to shed tears for his lose as the main character deals with a similar situation. In the final scene of this play, the last chapter of this book, the truth reveals as Brent says, "I was actually trying to kill myself. I killed her instead, by accident." The tears we shed in this moment helped free the ache left behind by the death of my friend. I doubt the author knew the effect this book would have on our school when he gave permission for it to be our play. Just like Brent didn't know the effect his whirligigs would have on others lives. I'll never forget this book and the meaning that it had for me. And I'll never forget my friend who set many events into motion without realizing it. He left behind his own type of whirligig. And I miss you. Whoever is out there, thank you for this story.

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