What kind of parents would name their child Dillon Dillon?
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.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.04(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Kate Banks is the author of Walk Softly, Rachel, Friends of the Heart / Amici del Cuore, and Lenny's Space. She is also the author of many award-winning picture books, among them Max's Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. Banks attended Wellesley College and received her masters in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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 life