Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher

Coaches have been after T.J. for years, but only when a mentally handicapped kid is bullied for wearing his dead brother's letter jacket does T.J. decide to use his athletic ability—to subvert the status quo. Best: Interesting, complex characters. Worst: The moral is not at all subtle

Good for: Anyone, but especially teens. Whale Talk is one of the best sports novels I've read. While it's somewhat heavy-handed, it's a really good, emotionally dense book. *Note: Does not contain ACTUAL mermen; that's just the name of the sports team.*


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