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Whale Talk

Whale Talk is a young adult novel that tells the story of The Tao (T.J.) Jones. One of the major themes of the story is of exclusion and ostracism. T.J. goes to Cutter High School in Washington...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 12:38 am (UTC)

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T.J.'s Dad is haunted by an incident that occurred "thirty years ago", when, through his negligence, a baby was killed by the truck he was driving. Although most of the time he is all...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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The main problem in Whale Talk is the prejudice faced by people who aren't the norm at Cutter High School. This is embodied in T. J.'s attempt to get a letter jacket for every person on the swim...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Jones means that he would have had a better life as a whale, since whales have a straightforward communication with each other. He listens to whale tapes and believes that whale communication...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2008, 6:16 am (UTC)

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Your choice of pinpointing the climax scene of Whale Talk may change as you finish reading the book and as you think more about what happens in the last two chapters. T. J.’s main goal in his...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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Chris Crutcher titled (actually, it may very well have been his publisher who chose the title, but we'll never know) his young adult novel Whale Talk because the theme of water is prevalent...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2017, 3:05 am (UTC)

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According to TJ's father, "Whales' language is as sophisticated as ours...a whale unleashes his cry, and it travels hundreds or even thousands of miles...every whale in the ocean will at one...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2008, 12:19 am (UTC)

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In chapter 2, Dan Hole phones TJ to ask him what his plan is for the swim team. TJ doesn't seem to have much of a plan, but he realizes that Dan wants to know where and when the team will swim and...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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Are you asking about Mike’s reaction to the swim team as a school organization, or to the individual swim contest he takes on against Chris Coughlin? We can look at both, because his reactions are...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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My guess is that you're referring to the ways in which whale song is relevant to the characters in Whale Talk. Whales have a unique way of communicating underwater. Scientists are not exactly sure...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher tells the story of how an outsider called Tao Jones, or T. J., puts together a swimming team of misfits in an effort to rebel against his school's favoritism towards...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2020, 11:01 am (UTC)

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T.J.'s houseguest is five-year-old Heidi Marshall. In chapter 9, Georgia (T.J.'s therapist) tells T.J. that he is going to have a houseguest. Georgia mentions that Heidi will be staying with...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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T.J.'s Dad counsels,"You protect people in the moment they need protection, or ahead of time. But not after. After, you work with them".T.J. witnesses the aftermath of a situation where...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2008, 6:50 am (UTC)

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In Whale Talk T.J. (a multiracial "misfit") functions as an anti-hero by bucking the system of the athletic traditions of his high school. He feels that this all-important focus on...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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I do think that we should make our own choices about our life. You should listen to other people whose opinions you trust and then make up your own mind. As valuable as advice is, they are not...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012, 3:28 am (UTC)

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T.J.'s parents are simply known as either Mr. and Mrs. Jones or Mom and Dad. The author never tells us their first names.

Latest answer posted April 24, 2008, 12:46 am (UTC)

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Mr. Davis and Mr. Simet are like night and day. At first, the boys are looking forward to attending Mr. Davis's class; it'll be the first time that many of them will have had a male teacher. But...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018, 8:22 am (UTC)

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A good solid question. In some ways, TJ can't help but maintain his individuality, in that his mixed race background and adoption set him apart from some of the school. After that, though, TJ...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008, 4:07 am (UTC)

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It was Alicia and her children (not T.J.) who went into the woods, though actually that is just what she told Mr. Jones. She was really meeting with Rich. He wanted to see her and the twins, but...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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The lettering requirements for the swim twim were that in order to letter, the athlete had to meet his best time each event throughout the season. This was clever for two reasons:1) No other...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008, 3:49 am (UTC)

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