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#6997002 in Books WriteLife 2009-06-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 9.02 x .34 x 5.98l, .49 #File Name: 1608080099140 pages | File size: 15.Mb Patricia Orvis : Spud before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Spud: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. YA Novel That Connects with Young AdultsBy LuAnn SchindlerDuring the summer of 1995, a heat wave grips the upper Midwest, killing over 600 individuals in the greater Chicago area. The weather becomes a central character in Spud by Patricia Orvis. In Seneca, Illinois, Jackson Cooper and his cousin, Spud, beat the heat by hanging out at the library or sitting in the local Casey's. The soon-to-besophomores are too cool to hang out at the local swimming pool, but sometimes, Spud and a group of his friends, jump
from the bridge into the Illinois River.During a family get-together, Jackson and Spud sneak a few beers and head toward the park to meet Spud's buddies. Mike, the town cop's son, is with them. After a few drinks, everyone but Jackson runs to the bridge to make the jump. In a daze from an alcohol-induced sleep, Jackson awakens to sirens blaring. Once Spud hits the water, he begins to cramp and despite attempts, can't be rescued from the water. Jackson blames himself for his cousin's untimely death and withdraws from family and friends. The heat continues to push tempers to the limit, and after a talk from his younger sister, Zoe, Jackson comes to terms with his family's tragedy.Once he accepts reality, Jackson soon snags a date with Mike's former girlfriend, Deena. At a party at her parents' house, Mike shows up drunk and threatens Jackson. Classmates and friends crash at Deena's for the night and awake to discover another misfortune. Will Jackson have the strength to confront his feelings? Or will the stifling heat suppress his emotions?By adding an actual weather disaster to the plot of Spud, Orvis creates a realistic backdrop for the action in the novel. One missing element is a solid connection between the weather and its affect on people's actions and attitudes. The storyline doesn't establish a rhythm like other YA novels about death or suicide, like Chris Crutcher's Chinese Handcuffs or Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. An abundance of cluttered exposition crowds the narrative flow. Orvis does, however, capture the honest inner dialogue of a teenage boy at the brink of discovery. That's not easy to accomplish, but Jackson's voice examines the hopes and dashed dreams of a fifteen-year-old.A young adult audience may have a stronger connection to Spud than an adult reader. Creating empathy between characters and readers is an important element a book should achieve, and a younger reader should be able to understand the situations and consequences presented in the novel. During the stifling Illinois summer heat wave of 1995, unthinkable tragedies shake Jackson Cooper's world. How will he deal with the horrific loss of his best friend, the unforgiving heat, and the expectations? Will he find acceptance, win his girl, and feel like life is meaningful again? Or will he, too, succumb to a similar fate? About the AuthorAn Illinois native, Patricia Orvis teaches middle school English/Literature near Chicago. In addition to teaching and writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running (running shoe fanatic), the outdoors, and watching and rooting for her favorite teams, the White Sox and Bears. She is currently working on additional writing projects.
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