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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning novelist Tayari Jones delivers a story based on the 1979-1980 Atlanta child murders. Told from the perspective of three fifth-grade classmates, Leaving Atlanta is a vividly disturbing, but hopeful novel. Tasha, Rodney, and Octavia each share the same wish: to be accepted. But reality soon crashes into their world, bringing with it fear and confusion. Children in their class are being kidnapped. Suddenly, popularity and recognition don't seem so important. Making it home safely through the menacing streets of Atlanta is an everyday challenge. Even their parents are unnerved by this violent outbreak. Who will protect these children now?
The convincing characters, voiced by a full cast of narrators, make this a haunting and effective work. Leaving Atlanta confronts complicated and sensitive subjects with just the right amount of sorrow and promise.
©2002 Tayari Jones (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"This strongly grounded tale hums with the rhythms of schoolyard life and proves Jones to be a powerful storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
"She conveys powerfully the loneliness of a child...gives us a picture of children unsure they would even see tomorrow." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nee on 02-27-17

Wow!

I was born in 82. This was news to me. My mom grew up in SC and intimately remembers this.

The story is broken up into three segments. Enjoy them all but Octavia's was the best. The narrator for her was excellent.

Tayari gave a realistic glimpse in what it felt like to be a child during that time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rich in BCS on 04-03-13

Why does Audible make you answer these questions?

Any additional comments?

The best reviews that I read do not answer silly questions like, "If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?" Why does Audible do that?

OK, enough griping.

Leaving Atlanta is a wonderful collection of stories set in a tragic situation. The main characters are all fifth graders and the author deftly draws out the character of each one. They are as rich as a fifth grader can be and marvelously real -- worrying about the superficial things that are so important to a 10 year old, while also worrying that tomorrow that may be killed by a faceless murderer. The author's attention to details make the story all the more real.

I strongly recommend this great piece of fiction surrounded by historical truths.

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