|Author: Paul Fleischman|
|Assigned to write his autobiography, high school senior Rob Radkovitz decides to "listen" back on his life. As he remembers the voices of his younger self, his quirky family, and his closest friends, one stands apart -- the haunting voice of his long-absent father, left behind on a single tape from one of his radio shows.|
As he searches the airwaves for his father's show, Rob is determined to not only listen to the voices he has heard all his life, but to really hear them -- and to try to make sense of the painful decisions that were made so many years ago. . . .
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Assigned to write his autobiography, high school senior Rob Radkovitz decides to "listen" back on his life. As he remembers the voices of his younger self, his quirky family, and his closest friends, one stands apart -- the haunting voice of his long-absent father, left behind on a single tape from one of his radio shows.
Told in a collage of past and present voices, Seek follows Rob's obsessive search for his father, pursued not through San Francisco's streets, but through the labyrinth of the airwaves. Open the cover and listen in -- to psychic readers and pirate DJs, and to Rob's transforming views of his past and future.
Asked to write his autobiography for a school assignment, a high school senior named Rob submits his life story in the form of a radio play. Through a series of monologues, Rob describes his relationships with the members of his family--his mother, his grandfather and grandmother, and the aunts who helped raise him. The one voice not represented is that of his father, a radio DJ who abandoned the family before Rob was born. Seeking a connection with his dad, Rob begins to tune in to radio stations across the country, hoping to hear the one faraway announcer who is his father.
"The brilliant construction--voices only, with no narrative interference--allows the text to build to extreme emotional crescendos as Rob works through his feelings of abandonment and recovery, and it also allows each character to speak directly to the reader as a distinct individual. A splendid, smart, and savvy addition to YA literature." 08/15/2001 New York Times Book Review
"If SEEK has any faults, it is the complaint often made of public radio itself. Everybody is so charming and good and decent, nobody seems quite real....On the other hand...if SEEK were a radio show instead of a book, I would have pulled off to the road, parked and sat there, transfixed, to the very end." - Robert Krulwich 11/18/2001 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[D]espite the plurality of perspectives, Rob's story is coherently and touchingly delivered. The thematic aptness of the narrative structure will be apparent to readers, and some will hear echoes of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN in this multivocal and retrospective chronicle." - Janice M. Del Negro November 2001