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T. J. Jones is black, Japanese, and white; his given name is The Tao (honest!), and he's the son of a woman who abandoned him when she got heavily into crack and crank. As a child he was full of rage, but now as a senior in high school he's pretty much overcome all that. With the help of a good therapist and his decent, loving, ex-hippie adoptive parents, he's not only fairly even-keeled, he has turned out to be smart and funny.

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

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 1-4352-3405-7 / 978-1-4352-3405-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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August 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-7862-7787-4 / 978-0-7862-7787-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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December 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: Whale Talk (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-613-61739-8 / 978-0-613-61739-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-7569-1368-3 / 978-0-7569-1368-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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December 2002 : USA Turtleback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-606-25889-2 / 978-0-606-25889-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-688-18019-1 / 978-0-688-18019-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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April 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-06-029369-1 / 978-0-06-029369-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-06-177131-7 / 978-0-06-177131-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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August 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Whale Talk (School Softcover)
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-7862-7916-8 / 978-0-7862-7916-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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December 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-440-22938-3 / 978-0-440-22938-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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Audio Editions

May 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Listening Library
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May 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Listening Library
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July 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: Whale Talk (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-8072-1778-6 / 978-0-8072-1778-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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February 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
ISBN: 0-8072-0708-X / 978-0-8072-0708-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Whale Talk
Author(s): Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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