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Where Things Come Back

A Novel

By John Corey Whaley

Winner of the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards, this poignant and hilarious story of loss and redemption “explores the process of grief, second chances, and even the meaning of life” (Kirkus Reviews).

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.
     Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.
     This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.

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ISBN

9781442413337


Format: Book
Author: Whaley, John Corey
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
Title: Where things come back : a novel / by John Corey Whaley.
Publisher Date: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Subject: Missing persons -- Teen fiction. Interpersonal relations -- Teen fiction. Best friends -- Teen fiction. Friendship -- Teen fiction. Extinct birds -- Teen fiction. Families -- Arkansas -- Teen fiction. Arkansas -- Teen fiction.
Isbn: 9781442413337 (hardcover) 1442413336 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 9
System Items Total: 10
Call Number: TF Whaley
Oclc: 646113120
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Bib Id: 384464

Format: Book
Author: Whaley, John Corey
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
Title: Where things come back : a novel / by John Corey Whaley.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Description: 228 p. ; 22 cm.
Target Audience Note: Ages 14 up.
Subjects: Missing persons -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Interpersonal relations -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Best friends -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Friendship -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Extinct birds -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Families -- Arkansas -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Arkansas -- Teen fiction.
LCCN: 2010024836
ISBN: 9781442413337 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1442413336 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 9
Total Copies: 10
Call Number: TF Whaley