eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.58 hours)
Product Number: Z100028557
Released: Oct 01, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792783824
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New to town, Brent Bishop longs to stroll around school with the popular Brianna on his arm. But when Brianna begs him at a party full of schoolmates to stop hounding her, Brent's hopes are shattered. Trying to escape his humiliation, he attempts to destroy himself in a car crash-and ends up killing Lea, an innocent teen unfortunate enough to cross his path. Lea's mother asks one thing of Brent: that he create four whirligigs from a picture of Lea and set them up at the four corners of the United States. Lea's mother believes that by spreading the joy that whirligigs gave Lea as a child, Brent will keep Lea's spirit alive. And so Brent goes off with an unlimited bus ticket and the tools he needs to memorialize Lea. On his journey, he rediscovers his own love of life, and he begins to realize how-like the pieces that form the intricate whirligigs-people come together to affect each other in surprising ways.

Author(s): Paul Fleischman
Original Publish Date: Oct 01, 2011

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Author(s): Paul Fleischman
Product Number EB00136052
Released: Dec 17, 2013
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781466860322

Professional reviews

"A young man is humiliated at a party and attempts suicide behind the wheel of a car in heavy traffic. In a dreadful accident, a young girl dies instead. Four readers bring to life the tragic story of 16-year-old Brent Bishop and the people affected by his reckless action. Robert Field, reading Brent, offers the least appealing delivery. His clipped, sometimes overly dramatic, reading lacks authenticity. An emphasis on the odd preposition or verb, together with frequent, unexpected pauses, separates the reader from the inner life of the character and the flow of the story. Significantly inaccurate (and worthy of note in a recording by a Maine publisher) is the Downeast accent of the campground owner. The other voices are appealing and well suited to the text, particularly those read by Lily Christian. T.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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