Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

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Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:47 am

Noodlemantras, you probably figured this one out already... :lol:

Let's discuss Jordy.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby nebraska » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:06 am

I don't have a lot to say about Jordy. To me, he was not as strong a character as Chloe and Alex. Although he went off exploring the mountain and all of that, he never seemed as absorbed by the attic as the other two. I wonder if his purpose was just to bring the other characters in to stronger focus. I am sure I am missing something here and I will be interested what others have to say.

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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby trygirl » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:20 am

I felt sorry for Jordy. Chloe and Alex lost their father, not by choice, but Jordy's mother chose to abandon him. But not before filling his young head with a bunch of antiquated beliefs about women. The poor kid just suffers from an excess of machismo. But perhaps after the mother's departure, he was raising himself due to his father’s job so that couldn't have been easy. He merely learned to only rely on himself, to be resourceful in tough situations. Although, I love how early on in the book, the other two start tuning out his explanations of why the attic is so massive. They're preparing for a lifetime of ignoring Jordy but in a good way. He's just not a leader but maybe someday. Give him a few years.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby deppaura » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:51 pm

I tend to agree with Nebraska regarding Jordy. His early absence in the story kept nagging me. Sometimes it annoyed me as I kept wondering if and when he would resurface. At times I couldn't understand why he was written into the tale in the first place. Maybe as a contrast to Alex? As an early boy interest for Chloe? I mean shoot, he went and broke his arm and had to be air lifted out of there!! LOL. But, then, again, that hang gliding segment was exciting!

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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Liz » Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:23 pm

I kept wondering when he would show up, too, deppaura. But I think that was possibly Garry’s way of stringing us along, making us want to find out what would happen to him or how they would all reunite.

Trygirl, I think the resourcefulness that you mentioned was what got him back to his half-siblings.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:21 pm

His long absence puzzled me as well. Maybe we will get some author input on this one.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Bix » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:25 pm

I think it added suspense to have Jordy strike off on his own. When he left the others, he was feeling that, as the oldest, he had to save them. As Chloe said, that was just his idea, but that was the way he was brought up. So I saw some change in Jordy also by the end of the story. I really liked the final scenes with the three of them before Alex left to build his raft and Chloe and Jordy prepared to set off in the glider. I felt they were really bonding into a family. And once Jordy could not be the leader because of his broken arm, he worked very well with Chloe to get them where they needed to be. I liked the way he kept her calm and focused. I think it even says that his directions for landing were very clear and concise. So I wound up liking Jordy a lot more than I had at the beginning, even though I knew he was mostly bluster-y to hide his hurt and confusion over his mother.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby gemini » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:41 pm

I think Jordy was a very normal big brother. He felt he was in charge because he was two months older than Chloe, so he tried to give the orders and keep them safe on their journey. I agree with BIx, I think Mr. Kilworth may have even had Jordy forge ahead so that we could see how Chloe and Alex handled themselves on their own. He set out to check out the danger first but things didn't work out that way.
I think much of the story was on how they accepted each other as siblings in their new family. Jordy had been on his own and independent so he had to learn to let the others try their wings and they had to learn to accept him as a new older sibling they never had before. They were used to handling things on their own. All three children were exceptional in that they were resourceful, intelligent, unafraid and responsible.
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby magpie » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:56 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:His long absence puzzled me as well. Maybe we will get some author input on this one.


Well, I was imagining all sorts of dastardly things happening to him during that absence! :lol:
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Liz » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:15 pm

magpie wrote:
DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:His long absence puzzled me as well. Maybe we will get some author input on this one.


Well, I was imagining all sorts of dastardly things happening to him during that absence! :lol:

Me too. And it kept you reading, didn’t it?


gemini wrote:I think Mr. Kilworth may have even had Jordy forge ahead so that we could see how Chloe and Alex handled themselves on their own.

That would be a very good tactic, gemini. I wonder…..
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Garry » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:06 am

Hi Everyone - On the basic level this is a plot device by authors to add tension to the story. If one of the characters isn't there, the reader is wondering what's happening to him and if he's OK. However, this does happen in real life and is also part of the story too. Being the eldest Jordy does feel responsible for the other two, no matter that Chloe is just a heartbeat behind him. He has old-fashioned ideas about girls too, as far as his responsibility is concerned. He doesn't intend getting lost, but actually he feels more comfortable on his own. You know he's the sporty one, who likes a challenge, thrives on them, and wants the other two to look up to him. So while he's lost he's all the time thinking 'I'll solve our dilemma and save us all'. He's wrong of course, because all three of them have a part to play in the final outcome of the story.

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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Liz » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:23 am

Thanks again, Garry, for sharing your mindset and vision….for Jordy & Chloe this time. :yahoo:
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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby Theresa » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:20 am

Jordy was a fun character...I liked how he just waded in to a situation and made it work for him. Warped boards? Make a skate park out of them. Scissor birds? Find cricket gear and a bat and fight back. Hiding out in a forest of grandfather clocks? Disable the noise and make a fort out of them.

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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby ladylinn » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:32 am

I liked Jordy's way of taking obsticles and making games of them to conquer all of his adventures. Garry - you really did add tension to the story with Jordy's disappearance. Couldn't wait to read what had happened to him!~! :yahoo:

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Re: Attica Question #4 ~ Jordy

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:31 am

Agreed on all counts! And thanks to Garry for his added insights! :cool:
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