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Injustice, however, still fills him with fury. So when big-deal football star Mike Barbour bullies brain-damaged Chris Coughlin for wearing his dead brother's letter jacket, T.J. hatches a scheme for revenge. He assembles a swim team (in a school with no pool) made up of the most outrageous outsiders and misfits he can find and extracts a conditional promise of those sacred letter jackets from the coach. After weeks of dedicated practice at the All Night Fitness pool, the seven mermen get good enough not to embarrass themselves in competition. The really important thing, though, turns out to be the long bus rides to meets, a safe place to share the hurts that have made them who they are. Meanwhile, T.J.'s father, who has taken in a battered little girl to ease his lifelong guilt over his role in the accidental death of a baby, tangles with another bully--her stepfather--and his growing murderous rage.
Chris Crutcher, therapist and author of seven prize-winning young adult books, here gives his many fans another wise and compassionate story full of the intensity of athletic competition and hair-raising incidents of child abuse. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Was required to read this book for my college English class. I couldn't put it down. If you want to start a honest dialogue about race & socio economic classes this book is a good... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sonya McLear
Good book for adolescents to focus on issues that can be encountered during their high school career.Published 1 month ago by Len
I approach this review from the perspective of reader and writer. When a reader first meets T.J., a very different main character in more ways than one, in a candid, edgy writing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. W. C. kasten
Story about a high school where letterman jackets are sacred. It is decided that a swim team should be part of the social landscape. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ellison
I hated it so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much. It suckedPublished 9 months ago by Maura
I think this book should be part of the canon for teenage readers. I read it years ago, then taught it, and the students who needed to hear from Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wyo. Reader