By: Chris Crutcher
Location: FIC CRU
Genre: Young Adult- sports, swimming
“A truly exceptional book.”—Washington Post
"Crutcher's superior gifts as a storyteller and his background as a working therapist combine to make magic in Whale Talk.
The thread of truth in his fiction reminds us that heroes can come in
any shape, color, ability or size, and friendship can bridge nearly any
Chris Crutcher’s controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of
outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school.
book touches on child abuse, racism, bullying, domestic violence,
accidental death... sure it all sounds like perhaps too much, but I'm
telling you it really comes together well. Simply gold."- Wendy
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. Bestselling author Chris Crutcher’s
controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they
take on inequality and injustice in their high school.
T.J. Jones hates the blatant preferential treatment jocks receive at his
high school, and the reverence paid to the varsity lettermen. When he
sees a member of the wrestling team threatening an underclassman, T.J.
decides he’s had enough. He recruits some of the biggest misfits at
Cutter High to form a swim team. They may not have very much talent, but
the All-Night Mermen prove to be way more than T.J. anticipated. As the
unlikely athletes move closer to their goal, these new friends might
learn that the journey is worth more than the reward
"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.'"—Publishers Weekly