Article Title

Whale Talk


Emma Patton


Dependable, Young Adult, Chris Crutcher, Sports, High School, Adoption, Racism, Disabiliies, Swimmiing

Document Type

Book Review


T.J. Jones is an athlete, but he’s not a jerk. At Cutter High School, athletics are everything, and the best athletes get away with everything, inside and outside of school. When one of T.J.’s favorite teachers recruits him to help form a swimming team, T.J. makes it his mission to turn some of the biggest outcasts in school into athletes. If all of these guys letter in swimming, it will challenge the elitism of Cutter sports. However, he soon comes to see the swim team as more than just an attempt to make the jocks and school board angry. This random assortment of students quickly joins together as a team and a brotherhood, working hard to improve, if not win. Meanwhile, T.J. must confront his own personal weaknesses. His desire to protect others often gets him into trouble. He often struggles to control his temper, and he starts to see that his lack of judgment could affect the people around him as well.