Icy Sparks

CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: C1820
Released: Jul 23, 2002
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402529085
Narrator/s: Kate Forbes
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An Oprah's Book Club selection, Gwyn Hyman Rubio's best-selling novel takes us into the life of a young girl struggling to live with Tourette's Syndrome. This coming-of-age story depicts the jerking, croaking, and cursing of this condition, which forces Icy to live in fear and shame. Icy lives with her grandparents, who are not aware of her condition. She manages to keep it hidden from them until an unfortunate situation at school forces her affliction out into the open. When it's discovered, Icy is hospitalized, and her sickness is finally given a name. There the realization sets in that she is not alone in her hardship and humiliation. With the help of her friends and family Icy discovers that she can overcome her handicap and lead a normal life. Kate Forbes' empathetic narration opens a window into Icy's frightening world as she conquers her demons and enters adulthood with an understanding of who she is and where she's been. This celebration of life is an audiobook not to be missed.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Narrator(s): Kate Miller
Product Number B01466
Released: Apr 04, 2001
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781565115132
Author(s): Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Product Number EB00389714
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101200186

Professional reviews

"Embarrassed, confused, and humiliated, Icy Sparks can't always control her popping eyes, flailing arms, and foul mouth. Feeling the approach of such an episode, she usually flees to a private place, but escape is not always possible. Growing up in the '50s in rural Kentucky, neither she nor anyone around her has heard of Tourette's Syndrome. Kate Forbes's soft Southern twang brings a stunning sense of realism to the harsh Appalachian dialect, creating within it the individual characters in Icy's life. She portrays Icy's sense of despair and frustration with a hard flatness that softens over time as Icy learns to accept her own quirks. Others in the story receive equally thoughtful portrayals. R.P.L. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"