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For his tenth birthday, Dillon's parents give him a red rowboat with his name painted on the stern: Dillon Dillon. Why did his parents give him a name like that? To Dillon, it seems like the right time to find out. The truth alters everything Dillon has ever known or felt about himself and his family. But with the rowboat Dillon finds a new freedom as...
For his tenth birthday, Dillon's parents give him a red rowboat with his name painted on the stern: Dillon Dillon. Why did his parents give him a name like that? To Dillon, it seems like the right time to find out. The truth alters everything Dillon has ever known or felt about himself and his family. But with the rowboat Dillon finds a new freedom as he embarks on a journey that takes him back to his beginnings. His discovery of an island and his memorable encounters with a pair of nesting loons bring him face-to-face with the magic and wonder of life. And though he cannot decipher all its mysteries, Dillon acquires, through these legendary birds, an understanding and acceptance of the world and his place in it.
In a powerful story full of questions, Kate Banks creates a character full of hope and courage. He lets us know what he is thinking — and it's this inner dialogue that we respond to, his constant bewilderment at the way things are that makes us love Dillon Dillon, from his crazy name to his tenacious spirit.
Kate Banks is the author of many picture books, most recently Close Your Eyes, and the Howie Bowles books. She lives in Menton, France.
During the summer that he turns ten years old, Dillon Dillon learns the surprising story behind his name and develops a relationship with three loons, living on the lake near his family's New Hampshire cabin, that help him make sense of his life.
"This is a book to be experienced with all the senses. The ache of reckoning as Dillon's summer brings him face-to-face with the unexpected truths of his life is turned by Banks's sensitive prose into a wonder-filled, moving quest for understanding. Beautifully rendered, this summer by the lake will linger with readers as surely as if they had rowed to Dillon's island and befriended his loons themselves." —Karen Hesse
"Established as a skillful writer of deceptively simple picture books . . . Banks's first novel is intriguingly complex, enigmatic, and brilliant . . . The flow of language is as smooth as calm water, the imagery graceful . . . Banks has crafted a poignant quest for understanding by an unforgettable character." —Starred,Kirkus Reviews
"This introspective, somewhat magical story is perfect for all children who wonder about their place in the universe." —Starred, School Library Journal
"Rhythmic and beautiful." —Boxed review, Booklist
The loon had returned and was nearing the edge of the island, preening its black-and-white feathers. It seemed not to notice Dillon. But as Dillon watched it, an odd feeling overcame him. A sound moved through his body and traveled to his mouth. It popped out like a small shriek, startling the bird. The loon looked up at Dillon. Straight into his eyes. Dillon remembered the grasshopper. He remembered his mother. And this time he looked back.
Posted May 18, 2003
I really liked this book because the blurb was very interesting, and the plot of the story was interesting, but really when you are in the middle it gets boring because there is no mystery, just plain words right infront of you. And they tell you like it is. There's nothing really special about the book. So I just stopped readin in the middle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2002
I bought this book for its beautiful cover and the inside didn¿t let me down. This has to be one of the best stories for young adults that I¿ve read in a long time. It¿s circulated among all five members of our family (ages 45, 42, 14, 12, 11) and it¿s left us all feeling that we knew personally each of the characters and that we¿d walked through their lives. The story left tears in our eyes, but filled us, like Dillon, with hope and awe at the beauty and wonder of lifeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.