Icy Sparks

  • by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Narrated by Kate Miller
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up, and it's especially hard for 10-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan suffering from undiagnosed Tourette Syndrome, who lives with her grandparents. Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation of her illness. Its all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tight-knit community. Narrated by now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful and poignant journey into womanhood - and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way.


What the Critics Say

An Oprah Book Club Selection
"Vivid and unforgettable...brimming with love and hope." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Richly inspired." (Time Out New York)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Icy made me warm.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I almost gave up on it, but I'm glad I didn't. It made me laugh, cry, and sing. My eyes were opened to Tourette Syndrome and how diagnosed people suffer from the public's ignorance.
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- Alene

Icy Sparks

Superb narration, excellent descriptive scenes and truly Southern flavor
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- Fran

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2001
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books