The Madman of Piney Woods

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.98 hours)
Product Number: Z100079757
Released: Sep 30, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780804123136
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Bestselling Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning ELIJAH OF BUXTON. Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real? In a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Christopher Paul Curtis returns to the vibrant world he brought to life in Elijah of Buxton. Here is another novel that will break your heart -- and expand it, too.

Professional reviews

"Curtis returns to early-twentieth-century Canada in this companion novel to ELIJAH OF BUXTON. In alternating chapters, JD Jackson voices Benji, an aspiring reporter and lover of the woods, and Kirby Heyborne voices Red, an Irish boy who lives in neighboring Chatham. Both narrators deliver the boysÕ self-assuredness with relish, as well as their fear of encountering the ÒMadman of Piney Woods,Ó but they shine most in the voices of the adult characters. Jackson terrifies listeners by detachedly recounting the horrors of the Civil War as the Madman. Heyborne delivers a pitch-perfect Irish accent in the voice of Grandmother OÕToole.The care in both portrayals brings depth to CurtisÕs theme of the varying ways hardships can shape or damage human beings. E.M.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"