Parent reviews for Whirligig

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Common Sense says

age 10+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 22 reviews

age 14+

good book not sure if its totally appropriate

this book was pretty good but there was talk of sexual harassment and also a kid is underage drinking and tries to kill himself. There is also a small amount of cursing.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Whirligig

I signed up just to warn parents about this book as it is being assigned in schools for reading without parents knowing the content and messages. Only because my son is on homework restrictions due to a concussion am I aware that the book was assigned. I am not one to coddle my kids but seriously you can't have young adolescents reading a book about so many people with suicidal thoughts with a message that Hey if you kill someone else instead, you get out of jail and get to go on an adventure on your own through the country. REALLY! Not only that but it is some of the worst writing I have ever seen. Prize winner maybe but not for this! Sometimes "literature" is assumed to be good because of who wrote it and not for itself. AND TEACHERS - think twice about assigning this book especially if you are not willing to deal with the unintentional emotional consequences it can create in young adolescents that may be having suicidal thoughts. It is not a feel good book and has no redeeming qualities what so ever. As I told his teacher no wind blown toy is going to fix a child who feels like the end of life is better than getting up the next day, some may think he was callus for his reasons to die but to kids like Brent I am sure they were real and this book does not validate that and should.
age 16+

Great book they will read!

Of all the short contemporary novels I've come across in tutoring bright teens, this is one of the best. Kids will READ the book--both boys and girls. It has an unusual plot that works, and there is great wisdom in the book plus many interesting characters. While it is not a classic, it has many of the elements of great literature. It's also easy to read!
age 10+

Whirligig

This was a very good book.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
age 14+

Great book for reluctant readers

It is a warm, coming of age tale of taking responsibility, forgiveness, grace, and redemption.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

Worst book ever. Only for bookworms

THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVER. IT SKIPS OVER BACK AND FORTH. AND PAUL FLEISHMAN GETS GOOD REVIEWS? IF YOU READ IT IN 7TH GRADE, IT IS SO DUMB. JUST READ IT......
not rated for age

Loved it...

I loved this book. I actually got assigned a project to do on this book and fell in love. It made me not have so much fury against drunk drivers. Yes, the main character in the story (Brent) kills someone. But, it's so much deeper than that. He has so much mental pain it's crazy. The mental punishment that he goes through is enough to last 10 life times. Then the trip he goes on as retribution towards the girls parents is inspirational and makes me want to go out to explpore the world. I would definately recomend this book for any 8th-12th graders. Otherwise it loses it's moral impression. LOVED IT!
not rated for age
this book was the worst book ive ever read it was stupid not intresting. the chapters were a bit confusing jumping from a differnt person then back to the main chater. the book didnt talk about the person who died that mush to feel like that brent did somthing bad. the charters in the book werent insting atall they didnt want you to know more about them and when you start reading it you wonder about other things that they talked only for a second then jump to something else that they never talked about and then jump to something else.