Where Things Come Back
A NovelBook - 2011 | First edition.
Teen fiction W PBK
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Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
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Where Things Come Back by John Corley Whaley is a captivating, fulfilling read. This book has earned the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris awards. The young adult novel has been acknowledged for its exploration of the “process of grieving, second chances and even the meaning of life.”
Cullen is a 17-year-old boy living in the very small town, Lily, in Arkansas. As a reader you get the sense that the book is mainly about Cullen, his brother - who goes missing, Cullen’s relationship with his best friend, Lucius, and the town in which they live. Yet, as the book unfolds another storyline begins involving about a very religious 18-year-old boy in Georgia who first goes on a mission to Africa and then on to college where he meets his roommate Cabot.
The author, John Corley Whaley, has intertwined these rich stories in a ways that keeps the reader questioning and full of anticipation as to how and when the stories may come together. Additionally, Whaley effectively weaves a storyline about a species of woodpecker which seems to have gone extinct - yet may actually have reappeared in in Lily, Arkansas.
This, yet unverified, woodpecker is the giant Lazarus woodpecker.
Character development is compelling, storylines are unique, and I had an over arching need to find out how it’s all going to end.
I recommend this book, John Corley Whaley has rightfully earned the awards bestowed upon him for this book.
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