AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by. If you're a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible. Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing...? First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales. Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and the chorus. And two bullies try to beat him up every day because of it. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, an ice storm wrecks Augie's school. The city plans to close the school, abandoning one more building to the drug addicts. But Augie has a plan. For the first time in his life, Augie Boretski is not going down without a fight.
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"An intriguing mixture of a fairy tale world and gritty modern New Jersey finds 11-year-old Augie fighting off bullies and trying to forge a bond with a Big Brother mentor he fears will make his life worse instead of better. The one respite in Augie's troubled life is a strange book he discovers in a dusty corner of a Philadelphia bookstore, a book whose pages seem to come to life. The folktale "Donkey Skin" becomes the story-within-the-story, and narrator John H. Mayer has the perfect storyteller's voice to pull off the transitions. With pitch-perfect inflection and warmly inviting characterizations, Mayer invites listeners into both stories as they gradually knit together into one tale of standing up for oneself--and others. M.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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