"Whistling past the graveyard. That's what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . . In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla's destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is-as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be."
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by Susan Crandall
by Susan Juby
by Kristan Higgins
by Susan Wittig Albert
by Kevin J. Anderson
"Listeners will be captivated from the first sentence spoken by 9-year-old Starla Claudelle. ItÕs true that Amy Rubinate should get the credit for the narration, but itÕs so perfect and seamless that the listener is only aware of Starla. In 1963 Mississippi, Starla runs away from her MamieÕs house to escape punishment and decides to search for her mother, whoÕs off in Nashville Ògetting famous.Ó On the road, Starla gets picked up by Eula, a black woman who has just taken an abandoned white baby from the steps of a church. Rubinate captures every emotion as Starla faces extreme danger, racism, and heartbreak during her travels with Eula. Rubinate is perfect with every voice, telling a story that paints a vivid picture of AmericaÕs past, both bad and good. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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