Dillon Dillon by Kate Banks

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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.

About Kate Banks

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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.
Published August 1, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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the parallel of the loon parents being shot and killed over water as Dillon’s parents were killed in a plane accident over water;

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When the title character wonders how his parents could have given him a first name that is the same as his last, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

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his birth mother was Dillon's father's sister (it was she who named him Dillon), and she, along with his birth father, died when he was 18 months old.

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