Finn

Finn

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by Matthew Olshan
     
 

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Imagine a modern-day retelling of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a teenage girl and a very pregnant young Mexican as the main characters. That's the gist of Matthew Olshan's brilliant literary debut, Finn: A Novel. The book's narrator is Chloe Wilder, a quiet girl, part tomboy, part survivor. Rescued from a murderous life with her…  See more details below

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Imagine a modern-day retelling of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a teenage girl and a very pregnant young Mexican as the main characters. That's the gist of Matthew Olshan's brilliant literary debut, Finn: A Novel. The book's narrator is Chloe Wilder, a quiet girl, part tomboy, part survivor. Rescued from a murderous life with her mother, Chloe lives with her grandparents in the cocoon of a quiet, middle-class neighborhood. For the first time in her life, things are steady, safe—and stifling. Enter Silvia Morales, the grandparents' maid. Silvia is an illegal immigrant, but that's not her only secret: She's also pregnant, a transgression which gets her kicked out of the house. Not long after, Chloe is torn from her quiet life, too, and forced to live on the run. While Finn is about Chloe and Silvia's comic mishaps—and their brushes with real danger—on the road, it's also a dark portrait of modern America, where smug suburbanites live minutes away from the wilderness of inner cities, and once-mighty rivers meander under superhighways. Finn has been approved for ninth-grade English use statewide by the South Carolina Department of Education (2004). It’s required for all high school college prep freshmen (2009). It was named one of LA’s Best 100 Books for 2001 by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Finn was a finalist for the Michal L. Printz Award and the Booklist Editor’s Choice Award, and it was considered for the PEN/Faulkner. It was nominated for YALSA Quick Picks (for reluctant teen readers) and for “Best Book of 2001) by Bookreporter.com. It was selected “Best Children’s Book of 2001) by Plymouth Library, Plymouth, MI, and voted “Book of the Month” by Lake Mills, Wisconsin Library (2002). It was placed on the 2002 Summer Reading List for Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, and also on the Summer Reading List at Westside High School in Mason, GA.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
"Huckleberry Finn’s creative and mischievous spirit soars in protagonist Chloe Wilder, who follows her own wild adventure in the tradition of one of Mark Twain’s most memorable characters. As a contemporary version of Huckleberry Finn, Chloe is a daring, crafty survivor—one who will especially appeal to girls who want their own gutsy heroines to follow. Mark Twain should be proud.”
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"Huckleberry Finn’s creative and mischievous spirit soars in protagonist Chloe Wilder, who follows her own wild adventure in the tradition of one of Mark Twain’s most memorable characters. As a contemporary version of Huckleberry Finn, Chloe is a daring, crafty survivor—one who will especially appeal to girls who want their own gutsy heroines to follow. Mark Twain should be proud.” --JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT & ADULT LITERACY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890862824
Publisher:
Bancroft Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
188
File size:
241 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Olshan was educated at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford Universities. He is a freelance writer and producer. A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and daughter. Finn: a Novel is his first published work of fiction.

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Finn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After living largely unsupervised with her temperamental mother, Chloe Wilder feels as if she found paradise when she moves into the home of her grandparents. Though they constantly misinterpret Chloe¿s natural reticence and quietness for anger, her grandparents provide her material things, an allowance, and loving encouragement. On the other hand when the kind Mexican maid Sylvia begins to show her pregnancy, they toss her out, but not before checking to see if anything was stolen.

Everything changes when ¿Soul Patch¿ abducts Chloe. It turns out that he is her mother¿s new husband because not long afterward, her mother¿s cursing as usual enters the dilapidated, filthy home. They keep Chloe locked away, but she manages to escape with her only hope to survive the mean streets being Sylvia.

FINN: A NOVEL like its titled predecessor can be read on varying levels. It is an exciting young adult adventure tale with major social issues turning it into a thought-provoking adult-tale. Chloe with Sylvia as her guide falls from the elite radar screen into a lower class maelstrom where she learns much about class society in America from her experiences on the street. Matthew Olsham accomplishes quite a task blending social commentary that questions who really has ¿class¿ into an interesting adventure that never preaches only entertains.

Harriet Klausner