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Have you listened to any of Ramón de Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was my first time listening to Ramón de Ocampo’s narration. He brought Trent to life perfectly!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I adored this book. On the surface, it felt like it would be a very difficult read. Trent has unbearable tragedy in his background, and he's only a 6th grader, trying to survive middle school and life. His father is distant and curt and offers no comfort. His new friend Fallon breaks the middle school mold -- not an easy person to be, or to be friends with. But there was so much humor and heart in Trent, his friends, his teachers, and his family. I listened hungrily to see how people would reach out to him, and he to them. One of my favorite story lines was Trent's relationship with his homeroom teacher, "a wrinkled old crone" -- and how she stays with him and slowly helps him. Nothing was easily earned in this book -- Trent had to work for every baby step of courage and progress. This book is great therapy for anyone going through a sad, difficult time, or helping someone else to do the same. The final chapters filled me with hope and happiness. Bravo, bravo, bravo, Lisa Graff.