A Certain October

Author(s): Angela Johnson
Genre: Ya Fiction
Original Publish Date: Jul 16, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.85 hours)
Product Number: Z100042312
Released: Jul 16, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780804123259
Narrator/s: Harlie Vaughn
Publisher: Listening Library
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Three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson writes a wrenching, honest audiobook about surviving the unimaginable and finding a way to go on. Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it's true that Scotty's friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life. With artfully spare prose, acclaimed and award-winning author Angela Johnson explores the ramifications of unexpected death in this compelling coming-of-age story.

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Author(s): Angela Johnson
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number EB00562884
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442417267

Professional reviews

"Narrator Harlie Vaughn portrays teens facing tragedy in East Cleveland with realism and exuberance. This rich coming-of-age story features high school junior Scotty and her close circle of gay and straight friends. Launched into action with the wacky antics of ScottyÕs autistic younger brother, Keone, the story moves to unexpected depths. VaughnÕs portrayal of Scotty shifts perfectly from sarcastic to somber to optimistic. Adult characters, often given short shrift in teen fiction, are well defined by VaughnÕs portrayal of ScottyÕs soft-spoken father and resolute stepmother as well as her friendÕs well-intentioned, forceful aunts. ScottyÕs physical and emotional pain following a cataclysmic accident, as well as her grief, sexual awakening, and growing maturity, are all reflected subtly in VaughnÕs storytelling. D.P.D. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"