The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass

The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass

by Laura Scalzo

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Overview

This kaleidoscope of a story is told in the words of a fifteen-year-old girl hiding in plain sight in her own city and of a pilot fifty years earlier flying secret missions over Laos during the Vietnam War.




No one knows Julia skipped STEM camp and checked into a luxurious hotel until she meets Kal and Tomoko. They help her find answers to some of Washington, D.C.’s best kept secrets, including her own. Kal is looking for his grandfather, who never came home from the Vietnam War. Tomoko is visiting from Japan to present a series of Heian Era paintings and tell their story. Julia regrets her chance to present her award-winning fractal at camp while beginning a conversation with Clover Adams, her hotel’s famous ghost.




Julia not only creates fractals, she’s named after one, but unlike typical fractals, which are iterative equations that make a repetitive design, a Julia Set is a fractal that makes a small mathematical change, which generates wild, beautiful, and unexpected outcomes.

"Lyrical and insightful." --Vince Bzdek, Editor-in-Chief, Colorado Springs Gazette



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732694002
Publisher: One One Two Press
Publication date: 10/07/2018
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Scalzo lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children, politicians of varying reliability, and the poets who came before her. She believes no matter how dreary the outlook, there will be a way, and in the power of storytelling and blossoming cherry trees.

Table of Contents

Contents

0. Stay or Go.......................................1


  1. A Long-Time Mad................................3

  2. A Boy Asleep at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. . . . . . .9

  3. The Emerald City But Granite .....................19

  4. Fractals, Kites...................................27

  5. The Hay-Adams Hotel Again ......................35

  6. A Girl In a Kimono, Texting .......................45

  7. The Ravens.....................................51

  8. Evasive Authority Interaction......................57

  9. Arlington Cemetery Is a Fractal....................65

  10. Tomoko........................................73

  11. Clover .........................................79

  12. Kal, Tomi, and Fractal Girl Go to a Show............87

  13. Spying Motorized Dragonfly.......................97

  14. Secrets........................................107

  15. An Artist and an Onna Bugeisha ..................115

  16. Blood Chit.....................................123

  17. Mother, Poet, PoppyFields.......................135

  18. Memorial Bridge, Late at Night ...................145

  19. Flywheel.......................................153

  20. A Gift from the People of Japan ...................161

  21. A Kite Is a Victim...............................167

  22. My Kimono, My Capture.........................175

  23. An App for Go .................................181

  24. Hanami .......................................187



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