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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. A group of misfits brought together by T. J. Jones (the J is redundant), the Cutter All Night Mermen struggle to find their places in a school that has no place for them. T.J. is convinced that a varsity letter jacket - exclusive, revered, the symbol (as far as T.J. is concerned) of all that is screwed up at Cutter High - will also be an effective tool. He’s right. He’s also wrong. Still, it’s always the quest that counts. And the bus on which the Mermen travel to swim meets soon becomes the space where they gradually allow themselves to talk, to fit, to grow. Together they’ll fight 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.

©2002 Chris Crutcher (P)2002 Listening Library

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"Crutcher’s gripping tale of small-town prejudice delivers a frank, powerful message about social issues and ills.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Teddy Z
  • Austintown, Ohio, United States
  • 01-21-13

Awesome!

What made the experience of listening to Whale Talk the most enjoyable?

Great story, and the narrator nailed all the parts.

What other book might you compare Whale Talk to and why?

Similar to most all crutcher books.

Which character – as performed by Brian Corrigan – was your favorite?

TJ

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It has times you laugh, feel frustrated, angry, feel like crying. It's a full circle of emotions