The Whirlpool

The Whirlpool

Stories

Written by: Croza, Laurel
Illustrated by: Garrity-Riley, Kelsey
ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9

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From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Laurel Croza comes a mesmerizing collection of short stories about the whirlpool of adolescence.

Charity takes small steps to escape her controlling father. Jasmine endures the rumors about her at school, even though no one really knows what happened last summer. The Oh! So Perfect Hair Dolly wishes for just the right child to take her home from the store. Nicola has a run-in with a classmate on her first day at a new school in the big city — or is the classmate a wolf in disguise? A squirrel ruminates on the nature of life and death. Dani fights for her dream, in spite of her father’s insistence that her older brother should be the one to play hockey. Mike finds the kind of family he has longed for in his coworkers at the restaurant where he works.

In these seven stories by Laurel Croza (author of the award-winning picture books I Know Here and From There to Here), five teenagers, a doll and a squirrel break out of the expectations placed upon them. Featuring beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Laurel Croza comes a mesmerizing collection of short stories about the whirlpool of adolescence.

Charity takes small steps to escape her controlling father. Jasmine endures the rumors about her at school, even though no one really knows what happened last summer. The Oh! So Perfect Hair Dolly wishes for just the right child to take her home from the store. Nicola has a run-in with a classmate on her first day at a new school in the big city — or is the classmate a wolf in disguise? A squirrel ruminates on the nature of life and death. Dani fights for her dream, in spite of her father’s insistence that her older brother should be the one to play hockey. Mike finds the kind of family he has longed for in his coworkers at the restaurant where he works.

In these seven stories by Laurel Croza (author of the award-winning picture books I Know Here and From There to Here), five teenagers, a doll and a squirrel break out of the expectations placed upon them. Featuring beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2018
Specifications 96 pages | 5 in x 7.5 in
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Excerpt
Written By Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen. Her experiences inspired her stunningly successful first picture book, I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. Laurel lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Laurel Croza's website: http://www.laurelcroza.com/
Illustrated by

KELSEY GARRITY-RILEY grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. She has also illustrated Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak. Kelsey lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Written By
Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen. Her experiences inspired her stunningly successful first picture book, I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. Laurel lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Laurel Croza's website: http://www.laurelcroza.com/
Illustrated by

KELSEY GARRITY-RILEY grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. She has also illustrated Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak. Kelsey lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Audience ages 10 to 14 / grades 5 to 9
Reading Levels Fountas & Pinnel Text Level Z+
Lexile 620L
Guided Reading Z+
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6

“There's a persistent yet subtle sense in every story of the strive to rise above the ordinary and gain a higher view. . . . A thoughtful read for a contemplative teen . . .” —School Library Journal

“. . . the stories are beautifully written and described. This short story collection would be a great tool within the classroom . . .” —CM Magazine

“[A] highly recommended collection of seven short stories about a series of fascinating and unique characters.” —Resource Links

“[P]acked with emotional growth . . . . With The Whirlpool, Laurel Croza has provided a worthwhile addition to the youngCanLit collection of short story anthologies as it enlightens, reassures and inspires.” —CanLit for Little Canadians