Into the Wind
A character-driven novel about the unlikely friendship between a 10-year-old boy and an elderly woman. The old woman badgers the boy into taking her sailing, but when the weather turns bad, it becomes a wild sail. It becomes the last trip before she goes into the hospital where she dies: but not before the two of them share memories of their last sail together. Hazel helps build the boy’s confidence during a tough time in his home life. Both moving and joyful, Into the Wind is a poignant story about loss and love in a boy’s life, and the surprising and sustaining bonds that can grow between the old and young.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Category||SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Red Chair Press|
|Imprint||One Elm Books|
|Number of Pages||192|
“That Rusty allows himself to be changed by Hazel’s friendship and guidance speaks well of him in a subtle way, and it’s touching to see their mutual caring and compassion. . . . A moving, well-written tale about an unusual friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: William Loizeaux
William Loizeaux is an award-winning author of books for young readers and adults and has been writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins and Boston University. He lives with his wife in Massachusetts. Learn more about William at www.williamloizeaux.com.
Illustrator: Laura Jacobsen
Laura Jacobsen has been drawing, painting, and doodling her whole life. Her work has appeared in many kids' magazines and books. Laura's two dogs, Hopper and Lucy, keep her company in her Gilbert, Arizona, studio.
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Into the Wind
A character-driven novel about the unlikely friendship between a 10-year-old boy and an elderly woman. The old woman badgers the boy into taking her sailing, but when the weather turns bad, it becomes a wild sail. It becomes the last trip before she goes into the hospital where she dies: View available downloads →