by Francisco X. Stork


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ISBN-13: 9780545151351
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 586,708
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list and won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; Irises; and The Memory of Light, which received four starred reviews. He lives near Boston with his wife. You can find him on the web at and @StorkFrancisco.

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Irises 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Here's what I love about Francisco X. Stork: He writes inspirational stories without feeling the need to preach.I saw it in Marcelo in the Real World, then again in The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, and now... he completely turns away from the male-focused stories and focuses instead on two girls, sisters, ages 16 and 18, and manages to write with such an honest and clear voice I found my heartstrings being tugged at again and again.While I didn't love this story as much as I loved Marcelo and Summer, I still found it had honest merit, and I could relate to it. I grew up in a fairly restricted environment, and my sympathies were definitely inclined toward the sisters.. but I also found myself disbelieving some things as well - such as the scenes with the new, young pastor. It just seemed a bit far-fetched and strange to me, and that's what kept me from overly gushing at this book - but still it had a quiet sort of beauty that made me glad to have read it, and once again I was proven right in my love for Mr. Stork.
nbmars on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I have read everything Stork has written, and this is the first book of his that didn¿t have me gasping with love and admiration for his writing and his characters. The story is about two sisters: Kate who is 18, and Mary who is 16. They are daughters of a preacher who has always been very strict with them. At the onset of the book, the dad dies of heart failure, and Kate and Mary have to cope on their own. Their mother is still home, but has been in a vegetative state on a feeding tube ever since she was in a car accident, with doctors declaring that there is no hope she can ever be ¿alive¿ again. But none of the family would even consider removing her feeding tube. Kate and Mary had been helping their father care for her, along with a nurse who stops in once a day. But now that their father is gone, the money will be running out, and they don¿t know what to do.Discussion: Kate and Mary have a big decision to make. They love their mother, and don¿t want to ¿kill¿ her, and yet their own dreams have been quashed by the situation. What is right to do? Is there a soul and if so, is it still in their mother? If they disconnect her, would it mean they didn¿t actually ¿love¿ her? Is it selfish for them to want to pursue their own lives? Can ambition and love be reconciled? The church has a new pastor who offers an opinion, but Kate and Mary question his advice because they question his values. In the end, there is nothing to guide them but their own hearts and minds.Evaluation: Part of the reason I wasn¿t so taken with this book is because I¿ve read Stork¿s other books and they seemed so much better to me. I do know that this is a wonderful discussion book, even if it didn¿t magically entrance me, like his others did.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've read two of Stork's other books (The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors and Marcelo in the Real World), which I absolutely loved. He strong writing style holds up in this book, but I didn't like Irises as much as I'd hoped. It's the story of two sisters, a mother who's in a coma (and unlikely to wake up) and a father who's a strict minister/preacher. When their father dies, the two girls must come to terms with who they are and what they want to do. At times I could relate to both girls, but most of the time I got annoyed at the decisions Stork had them make. I wanted this to be a far better book and I'm disappointed that it was good, but not great.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This review is hard to write because it is not what I hoped it would be. Does that make it a bad book? Not necessarily, but when something is so built up in your mind, it is hard to stop comparing the actual book to the book that was made-up in your head.The novel takes off with Kate and Mary, two sisters, who find themselves in an extremely difficult situation. Their father passes away and they are left alone with the burden of their mother who is in a vegetative state, not really living at all. The two girls must decide whether to do what is expected of them, for the good of their family, or to do what they feel they should do, for the good of themselves. What makes a person selfish? What kind of life is worth living? Who decides these things? The premise of the novel interested me and I really enjoyed seeing the confusing and changing dimensions of the sister relationship. However, this novel is very religious. I am Catholic myself, so religion does not usually bother me... But it was like I was reading a Christian novel, that is how prevalent the religion theme is. This book is not really marketed that way, so I was surprised to find this. The atmosphere, overall, was suffocating. I felt stuck just reading it. This is something that is hard to explain... What I kept thinking of is like a scene in a movie: no background music, drab carpeting, uncomfortable couches, a deep feeling of awkwardness and the overwhelming sense that the characters don't belong but they have no choice but to stay. I was eager to find out how the ending was, but I was also eager to get out of the stifling nature of that world.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Two sisters, one 18, the other 16, are left to survive on their own and decide what to do with their mother who is on life-support after their father dies suddenly.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Francisco X. Stork does not shy away from issues. In Marcelo in the Real World he discusses Aspberger's Syndrome. Marcelo is torn between his desire to stay in his special school and his father's demand that he experience and learn to function in the real world. As we'll learn, this is a relatively tame issue for Stork.In The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, he deals with a young man, Pancho, who is out to kill the man who he believes attacked and killed his 'simple-minded' younger sister. Sent to an orphanage after both his sister and his father die within a short time span, Pancho meets D.Q., who is battling a rare form of cancer. All D.Q. want to do is survive long enough to finish writing his Death Warrior manifesto, which is about "loving life at all times and in all circumstances," and to convince Pancho to embrace the Death Warrior philosophy.In Irises, Stork tackles the death of one parent and the vegetative state of another parent. Sixteen year old Mary and eighteen year old Kate's pastor father dies suddenly. Two years prior, he was driving with his wife, tried to beat the yellow light and didn't make it. Catalina, his wife, is now a vegetable, living at home with a feeding tube, tended by her daughters. The pastor's death obviously causes untold trauma and stress in the children's lives. Living in El Paso, Kate has been accepted at Stanford University, pre-med, on a full scholarship. If she leaves, what is to become of Mary? If she stays, what is to become of her dreams? And is Catalina really living? Is her light still shining?I thought Marcelo in the Real World was an excellent book and while I didn't love The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, I gave Stork a lot of credit for dealing with the subject. Irises falls into the latter category. I like the characters. I understand the emotions. Having been involved in two "pulling the plug" decisions in my life, it is not something anyone wants to participate in. And so, I give Stork credit for portraying, in a realistic way, the emotions surrounding such decisions. Having said that, though, I just couldn't get into the story. It didn't grip me. I don't know why.Despite my feelings about Irises, you know that I am looking forward to Francisco X. Stork's next book because, undoubtedly, it will be like no other. I suggest you read Irises, named after the Van Gogh painting that Mary is trying so hard to copy, because it tackles a subject not yet tackled in Young Adult literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First review is it good i have a sister and i have a friend named iris happy early mardi gras