First Boy

Author(s): Gary D. Schmidt
Original Publish Date: Oct 17, 2006
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.77 hours)
Product Number: Z100026385
Released: Oct 17, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739330715
Narrator/s: Jesse Bernstein
Publisher: Listening Library
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Mr. Heavy Legs walked past Cooper and got into the jeep. He turned on the ignition and backed up to Cooper. He handed him a card with a single phone number on it. "I'm not forcing you to come, kid. Not yet. But things are going to start happening fast. Very fast. Call if you want me. And one thing more: Next time I see you, I won't be asking you to come." "Do you know what happened to my father?" "Of course I do," said Mr. Heavy Legs. Then he drove away. "You're my first boy, Cooper, my first boy," his grandfather tells him just before he dies. Now, 14-year-old Cooper Jewett has no one, not even a dog to keep him company. The only thing that keeps him going is looking after the dairy farm. All of a sudden, strange and inexplicable things begin to happen. Big men in suits with black sedans are all over Cooper's small New Hampshire town. The President of the United States invites Cooper for a chat at her headquarters. Her opponent insists that Cooper join him on his campaign. Cooper's house is searched at night, and his barn is burned down. His neighbors, even the sheriff, are behaving strangely. Why?

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Author(s): Gary D. Schmidt
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number EB00104089
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429937016

Professional reviews

"Cooper Jewett is 14 when his beloved grandfather dies, leaving him with a dairy farm to look after. Bizarre things happen--big men in black sedans follow him, the farmhouse is ransacked, the barn is set afire, and he even meets the president, who may be his long-lost mother. While Jesse Berns reads with gusto, he has a strange idea of a rural New Hampshire accent. Cooper's elderly allies, Mrs. Perley ("gracious goodness") and Mr. Searle, are lovely old-fashioned characters voiced with humor, dignity, and pretend crotchetiness. All Berns's characters are distinctive and fun. What a pity he can't laugh--amusement and menace sound exactly the same. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"