Swallowing Stones

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Product Number: 104333
Released: May 08, 2012
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ISBN: #9780307976093
Publisher: Ember
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Michael MacKenzie is having the greatest Fourth of July of his life. It's his 17th birthday, his friends are gathered at his house for an all-day party, and he's finally old enough to take his driver's test. To top everything off, his grandfather has given him a wonderful Winchester rifle. At noon, Michael takes his gift into the woods behind the house to celebrate. Joyfully, he shoots once into the air. But with this single, unthinking moment, he sets in motion a web of hideous consequences-and getting through each day becomes as difficult as swallowing stones. Critically-acclaimed author Joyce McDonald skillfully weaves together truth, guilt, and responsibility to create this gripping novel. With his dramatic narration, Ed Sala breathes life into each of the finely-drawn teens and their parents.

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Author(s): Joyce McDonald

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Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Narrator(s): Ed Sala
Product Number C3588
Released: Jul 03, 2006
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ISBN: #9781419373756
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Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Product Number EB00160883
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: #9780307816825
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Homework Pack
Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Narrator(s): Ed Sala
Product Number 3A893
Released: Jul 27, 2006
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ISBN: #9781419373763
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Class Set
Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Narrator(s): Ed Sala
Product Number 3K893
Released: Aug 07, 2006
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ISBN: #9781419373770
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Hanging Bag
Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Narrator(s): Ed Sala
Product Number 3C445
Released: Sep 11, 2006
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ISBN: #9781419373787
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Joyce McDonald
Product Number 44957
Released: Aug 17, 2007
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ISBN: #9781428137615

Professional reviews

"The moral dilemma McDonald presents immediately captures the listener's attention: Michael MacKenzie, 17, does not come forward when he realizes he has accidentally killed 15-year-old Jenna Ward's father. The tormented story is told in alternating chapters that focus on Michael or Jenna. While a mature voice is at first unexpected, Ed Sala quickly persuades the ensnared audience of his power to convey Michael's fear and guilt, Jenna's pain and confusion. Sala adeptly recounts the interplay between teen friendships and romance, as well as family relationships. The fluid narration even allows the supernatural some credibility in this book, which is filled with issues that absorb teens. R.N. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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