The Gorillas of Gill Park
Willy's life was orderly and planned, carefully directed by his parents...until he went to spend the summer with his eccentric Aunt Bridgett. What promised to be an interesting summer overseeing the making of 37 gorilla costumes became an astonishing summer of adventure and change for Willy!
As an only child who normally "didn't like to do a lot of new stuff because he was afraid to," Willy's world was rocked by baseball, music, art, new friends, and crime! From a home of overprotective parenting, Willy had a lot of growing up to do in order to save something he and many others held dear.
Will this shy kid find the courage necessary to meet the demands he finds thrust upon him in Gill Park? Will he be able to help a strange new friend overcome a moody nature? What part do dancing fountains, music, and gorilla costumes play in Willy's quest for independence and success? Will he be in time to solve the mystery and save the day?
The Gorillas of Gill Park is a KEEPER! (You will probably forgive the sprinkling of curse words and will be begging for a sequel!)
Research Links for The Gorillas of Gill Park
Central Park--Compare Gill Park to Central Park!
The Music of Gill Park:
What Familiar Children's Song was created from Mozar's Variations on: "Ah, Vous dirais-je, Maman"
Thomas Mann: "The way to gauge the health of a civilization is through its music."
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