The Hemingway Tradition
The Hemingway Tradition
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Annotation: Shaw confronts the feelings brought on by his father's suicide and revelation of homosexuality as he accepts that he has the same passion for writing as his father and uses it in a new life to channel his anger.
Catalog Number: #4658935
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: High Low High Low
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2002
Pages: 92 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-551-43242-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-551-43242-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2002107488
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up After a summer of attempting to cope with his father's suicide, Shaw, 16, and his mother move cross-country to Winnipeg to begin a new life. He gets off to a good start when he becomes friendly with Jai Dhillon, fellow volleyball teammate, and Tess, a girl in his English class. Shaw's mother exhibits uncommon wisdom in allowing him the latitude to work through his feelings at his own pace. At the beginning of the book, Shaw is angry and confused, particularly when he learns that his father, a famous author, was gay; finally, he is able to channel his negative aggression into positive actions. At the urging of Tess, he begins to use his writing talent to publish articles for the school newspaper. This book portrays true, if sometimes raw, emotions, and Shaw's character growth is impressive and believable. Students who are forced to confront loss and grieving will find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
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School Library Journal (Tue Apr 01 00:00:00 CST 2003)
Voice of Youth Advocates
Word Count: 14,665
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 62997 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q34386
Lexile: HL640L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z
We had the top down on our old Le Baron and the sun was beating from a sky that was nothing but blue. It was my mom's turn to drive, so I was stretched out in the passenger seat, watching Saskatchewan slide by, thinking there must be a couple dozen different ways for a guy to kill himself.

Excerpted from The Hemingway Tradition by Kristin Butcher
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Shaw Sebring is sixteen and trying desperately to understand and accept his father's recent suicide. Moving with his mother halfway across the county in an effort to distance themselves from the awful truth, Shaw lands in a new school and finds that the ghost of his father, a best-selling author, has followed him. Determined that he will not follow in his father's footsteps Shaw tries to chart his own course, until circumstances force him to accept that where--and who--we come from have an impact on what we become.

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