According the American Library Association it was the most challenged book ofand There was an immediate backlash and many called for a reconsideration. Coming Out of the Silence was one of 55 books that parents in Fayetteville, Arkansas petitioned to have removed from school libraries.
Crutcher, For quite a few years now I have been a fan of your books. I recently had the pleasure of reading Whale Talk and I felt the need to say thank you. Thank you for putting into words what I've been trying to come to terms with for years.
Not in the way that I was abused, but coming to terms with understanding why my parents put so much effort into other people's children and other people's personal issues. In your books you continually hit the point of it's easy to say what's going on, but much harder to understand it, and you continually exhibit why.
After reading Whale Talk, I sat down with my mother to just talk, and I'm glad I got her point of view. I personally am about to embark on another chapter in my life coming next fall- college. This gives me a year to come to terms with my own father, who is more wrapped up in helping others, then in encouraging his own children in what they want and not what he wants them to be.
I'm sure you get hundreds of e-mails a day saying the same thing as myself, but I was raised to say Thank you, so I am. Best Regards, October 29, Hey, Chris. I literally just finished reading Whale Talk and I am very very surprised.
I am not so much surprised at the book, but at humanity. If anything, not only should the kids read it, but their parents also. Actually, the word should does injustice here; reading a work of this caliber should be a necessity for everyone, not just a fancy, and sure as hell not restricted.
As a Muslim immigrant in America, I considered myself aware of the presence of bias, racism, prejudice, etc That is, until I read Whale Talk and heard some of the responses to it.
Although you called racism the byproduct of ignorant shit in the book, I think censorship caused by certain individuals who think they are more enlightened because their attention goes to capital letters rather than the fine print is the real shit that needs to be cleaned up.
I'm sorry for my pointless rambling, but after reading your book and being so impacted by it, I just felt like shouting at the world. Unfortunately, my parents are asleep in the bedroom next door, and shouting wouldn't be such a smart idea.
I'm sure you've heard this a lot and it probably doesn't mean anything any more, but I just want to say thanks for being. You're really something else.
I at one point got to the point where I was one of the guys and I could personally relate to each character from beginning to end the story freaking rocked.
I'm in Honors English and we had to pick out a book to read and so I heard this book is worth reading and I thought to myself,"Black People Dont Really Swim", so I took that risk and it was nothing I was expecting which by the way I am black, But yeah I just wanted to let you know how great of the book it was and hope you write back.
Oh yeah what other books would you recommend? But then after the first chapter, I was being captured by the story line. When I was reading it as I was barely awake, I realized how surprised I was when some parts made me want to cry, but some others wanted to make me aggressive.
Whale Talk made me realize that I to was abused by my father just like Heidi because when I was four years of age my father was drunk and he thought that he was going to teach me a lesson that day. He took me outside to teach me how to swim. He grabbed my head and held it underneath the cold water.
When the freezing water hit my face, I lost all of the air in my lungs. Soon I began to think my dad was trying to kill me. Out of nowhere, my mother came to the rescue.
She shoved my father back, grabbed me, went into the house, and locked all the doors. You may think I hate my father after the incident, but now I forgave him because he put himself in pain. My mother, my older brother Chrisand I moved to Washington State.
Soon after my father followed but kept his distance away from my mom. I still get to see him and my baby sister every summer. I told him if he ever abused my sister I would kick his butt until he had a black eye, bloody nose, and his teeth bleeding.
That was one of my connections with your novel.Those initial decisions they make are really important (Carter).” suspenseful novel about friendship, fear, and making the best of a bad situation.
Once again Chris Crutcher slaps us in the face with compelling questions that demand dignified answers.” He's right.
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