Bucking the Sarge

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100011353
Released: Jul 10, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739360071
Narrator/s: Michael Boatman
Publisher: Listening Library
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Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan. As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic." And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path." The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Luther's just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge's Evil Empire-but he's about to bust out. If Luther wins the science fair this year, he'll be on track for college and a future as America's best-known and best-loved philosopher. All he's got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful daughter of Flint's finest undertaker-and the love of Luther's life. Sparky's escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world's scariest rat. Oh, and Luther. Add to the mix Chester X., Luther's mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE'M ALL; and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge's go-to guy who knows how to break all the rules. Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Once again the Newbery Award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way. Praise for The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963: "An exceptional first novel."-Publishers Weekly, Starred "Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."-School Library Journal, Starred Praise for Bud, Not Buddy: "Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud." -School Library Journal, Starred

Original Publish Date: Jul 10, 2007

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Product Number EB00160824
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: #9780307567253
Product Number 16679
Released: May 09, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
ISBN: #9780440413318

Professional reviews

"Luther T. Farrell's wallet is packed with cash, credit cards, and a fake driver's license, but it all comes at a heavy price. The 15-year-old is a slave to his mother's (the Sarge) slum rental and group home empire. Dealing with this ruthless businesswoman and single-handedly running a group home, Luther works to break free. Michael Boatman is a stellar match for this excellent YA novel. He makes Luther likable, the men in the group home lovable, and the Sarge a fascinating and chilling character study. Boatman's rich narration fluctuates from hip to crotchety to cruel with true feeling. This gem will stay in listeners' hearts long after the last track is played. J.M.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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