Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Fleischman
Narrator: Lily Christian , Robert Field
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2010
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 35 minutes
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Family Listening -- Ages 13 and up

Newbery Medal-winner Paul Fleischman writes a profoundly moving story of connectedness -- to oneself, to others and to nature. 16 year old Brent Bishop commits a drastic act without thought of how far-reaching the results could be. Weaving four other voices in and out of Brent's story, Fleischman reveals to what extent his actions can impact the lives of strangers -- even years later. This is a story of a young soul's journey of self-discovery -- a story ultimately of hope and promise.

Narrated by age-appropriate actors, Whirligig offers the listeners a stunningly authentic experience. 3.5 hours.

Reviews (1)

Surprisingly good

Written by Anonymous on September 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had no idea what this book was about when I first started listening to it. The premise is surprising, and every time I see a real whirligig I wonder if it also helped someone to make sense of themselves. Beautifully read, too.

Author Details

Author Details

Fleischman, Paul

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father--children's author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets--"I Am Phoenix", "Joyful Noise" (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and "Big Talk". His novels built from monologues include "Bull Run", a 16-character account of the Civil War's first battle, and "Seedfolks"--the chronicle of the first year of a Cleveland community garden. His interest in theater inspired his young adult novels "Mind's Eye, Seek", and "