A New York Times Bestselling Author Recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults Recipient of the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature An ALA Best Book for Young Adults There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have ...Read MoreA New York Times Bestselling Author Recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults Recipient of the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature An ALA Best Book for Young Adults There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. Chris Crutcher is in top form with a cast of characters fighting for dignity in a world where tragedy and comedy dance side by side, where a moment's inattention can bring lifelong heartache, and where true acceptance is the only prescription for what ails us. Available only in The Literacy Bridge 5.Read Less
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I am not all the way through this book, but I would only recommend this book, to someone who would apprieciate it. This book has many curse words in it, so not every high school student could read it and get the meaning out of the book.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-03-12 Crutcher's (Running Loose; Ironman) gripping tale of small-town prejudice delivers a frank, powerful message about social issues and ills. Representing one-third of his community's minority population ("I'm black. And Japanese. And white"), narrator T.J. Jones voices a darkly ironic appraisal of the high school sports arena. Despite his natural athletic ability (at 13, he qualified for the Junior Olympics in two swimming events), T.J. has steered away from organized sports until his senior year, when Mr. Simet, a favorite English teacher, implores him to help form a swim team for the school (and thereby help the teacher save his job). T.J. sees an opportunity to get revenge on the establishment and invites outcasts to participate on the team; he ends up with "a representative from each extreme of the educational spectrum, a muscle man, a giant, a chameleon, and a psychopath." As might be expected, he accomplishes his mission: his motley crew of swimmers is despised by more conventional athletes (and coaches). The swimmers face many obstacles, but their dedication to their sport and each other grows stronger with every meet. The gradual unfolding of characters' personal conflicts proves to be as gripping as the evolution of the team's efforts. Through T.J.'s narration, Crutcher offers an unusual yet resonant mixture of black comedy and tragedy that lays bare the superficiality of the high school scene. The book's shocking climax will force readers to re-examine their own values and may cause them to alter their perception of individuals pegged as "losers." Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-12-16 "Featuring narrator T.J. Jones's darkly ironic appraisal of the high school sports arena, this gripping tale of smalltown prejudice delivers a frank, powerful message about social issues and ills," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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