If You're Reading This

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100129109
Released: Sep 13, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781338243505
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From the author of WORDS IN THE DUST and DIVIDED WE FALL: A heartwarming book about a son reconnecting with the father he lost in Afghanistan. Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family," Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life. Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father--the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn't come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike's sixteenth birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things--to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who's been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die? As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

Author(s): Trent Reedy
Original Publish Date: Sep 01, 2014

Professional reviews

"The dual narration team of Ram—n de Ocampo and author Reedy tells a coming-of-age story that deals with friendship, advice, grief, and the everyday trials of getting through oneÕs sophomore year of high school. As Michael WilsonÕs sixteenth birthday approaches, he begins receiving letters from his father, who died in Afghanistan. The narrators team up nicely, alternating between present-day characters and the reading of the letters in the voice of MichaelÕs father. The narration captures a variety of voicesÑstern football coach, bratty sister, tired and overbearing mother, and girlfriend. The narrators carry the well-paced story, using both serious and lughead tones for MichaelÕs teammates. ItÕs an enjoyable listen that meshes mystery, sports, and teen life. M.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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