Sometimes the smallest, thinnest books pack the biggest punch. Whirligig is the story of Brent, 17, who killed a girl in a car accident where he was driving drunk. Lea’s mother has asked him to honor her memory and keep her spirit alive by making four whirligigs, mounting them in the four corners of the United States. She gives him a roundtrip bus ticket and asks that he send her photos of each. Brent’s parents object, but he decides to take the challenge and try to make amends. The author’s language is poetic, and the vocabulary is sometimes as challenging as Brent’s attempts to construct the delicate wind toys. The result of both is very satisfying.