Icy Sparks

Author(s): Gwyn Hyman Rubio
CD - abridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: B01466
Released: Apr 04, 2001
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781565115132
Narrator/s: Kate Miller
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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An Oprah's Book Club selectionSet in Appalachia during the late 1950s, this acclaimed first novel chronicles a young girl's heartbreaking battle with Tourette's syndrome.Ten-year-old Icy Sparks already has one strike against her: She's an orphan. Life becomes even more difficult when Icy develops strange symptoms: violent tics, inexplicable convulsions, sudden outbursts, and uncontrollable cursing that accompany her rare neurological disorder. Her affliction goes undiagnosed until adulthood, but the all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community.Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful journey to womanhood. A funny, sad, and transcendent story, Icy Sparks introduces a fresh new Southern voice.

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Author(s): Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Narrator(s): Kate Forbes
Product Number C1820
Released: Jul 23, 2002
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402529085
Author(s): Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Product Number EB00389714
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101200186

Professional reviews

"Icy Sparks is a sparkly, sharp name for a character who struggles to keep her own stars in an acceptable orbit. Raised by her grandparents in Kentucky hill country, Icy tries to fit in despite the inexplicable urges that consume her. Immediately, the listener can empathize with the narrator: What did happen to people, especially children, who had to cope with conditions like Tourette's syndrome before it was understood and recognized? Kate Miller's rendering of the lyrical accent and pent-up emotion is admirable. An engrossing story is smoothly interpreted by Miller; all Icy's frustration, courage, and humor are there for the reader to experience, right up to the inspiring ending. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"