Whirligig - by Paul Fleischman
"We can never know all the consequence of our actions." Every action, whether selfish or selfless touches so many others in unimaginable ways.
At different ends of the country four very different people find inspiration and hope when they encounter four separate magical wooden toys; whirligigs. They're a Maine teenager stumbling into womanhood, a distraught Miami street sweeper, an Asian-American girl about to rebel and a San Diego teenager helping her grandmother search for her roots.
But how would they feel if they knew who had built the whirligigs? You see, the builder is Brent Bishop, a sixteen-year-old boy trying desperately to atone for a thoughtless act that had killed an innocent girl. You'll find "Lea Zamora" on each of his whirligigs.
Certainly Brent can never bring back Lea's life. But can his whirligigs do something to spread her spirit? Those who encounter them will never know who built the whirling wooden toys, and Brent will never know who they touched. Can anything good ever come out of a senseless tragedy? You decide!
Read Whirligig. Discover how every action, whether selfish or selfless touches so many others in ways we can never understand.
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Last Updated: January 15, 2008