What's the climax scene in the book Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher?

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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 senior year has been to make sure that the members of the swim team perform well enough to earn school letter jackets. T. J., Coach Simet, and all of the swimmers have challenged the requirements for Cutter High School athletes who earn these prestigious acknowledgements. The jackets are the prize. A collateral goal for T. J. would be to make star linebacker Mike Barbour look bad in the process. He’s an arrogant bully who needs to be taken down a few pegs. When the fate of the jackets rests on the individual swim contest between Chris Coughlin and Mike Barbour, and Chris wins (in the beginning of chapter 15), this feels like a terrific high point for the reader. It is especially meaningful since Mike has been making fun of Chris all along. Both of the goals have now been reached. Shortly afterward,...

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