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Gary D. Schmidt has crafted a unique coming-of-age novel based on the true event of an island's destruction in 1912. This novel is a 2005 Newbery Medal Honor Book.
"Although the story is hauntingly sad, there is much humor, too. Schmidt's writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters and a fascinating, little-known piece of history, this novel will leave a powerful impression on readers." (School Library Journal)
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By J. W. on 06-29-09
No holds barred
I read this story to my then 8 year old grandson. It is a very touching and sad story but also shows that people can change and do the right thing. It may have been a bit sad for an 8 year old so would probably recommend it for older listeners/readers. It got the point across without being preachy or overly politically correct. Very well done.
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By fourth grade teacher on 06-13-18
Outstanding performance by Sam Freed!
I had to check whether this book had more than one narrator because the various voices of males and females characters of all ages are so distinct. It seemed there must be a cast of narrators! Excellently done! It made listening to this book a real pleasure. The story is also compelling. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that Schmidt made the story so bleak with so many deaths.