What is the climax and resolution of Paul Fleischman's book, "Whirligig"?

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The construction of this novel is especially interesting because the climax, which usually comes closer to the end of the book, actually occurs about a third of the way through, in Chapter 3, when Brent meets the mother of the girl he killed face-to-face. In this courtroom encounter, Mrs. Zamora gives him a bus pass and requests that he place a whirligig at each of the four corners of the country in memory of her daughter, and as a form of restitution for her death. This opens the door to the resolution of the story, which is Brent's journey of self-discovery. Through his experiences while traveling to complete his mission, Brent begins to resolve his feelings of isolation and disconnectedness with others and the world, and finds a sense of his own self-worth.