Ages 13 and Up
Written by Paul Fleischman - Audio book performed by Robert Field, Lily Christian, Alex Hauk and Joseph Bertot - Unabridged Fiction - 3 COMPACT DISCS
- 3.5 hours
Publisher, Audio Partners (January 2001)
Best Books of ‘98 - Publishers Weekly
Best books of ‘98 - School Library Journal
1999 ABC Children's Booksellers Choice
Review of the Audio Edition:
"The whole production is skillfully conceived and executed, from the design of the package, to the choice of the talent, to the final product. Libraries will want several copies of this." --KLIATT
"Four talented actors realistically bring this coming of age novel to life. A welcome addition to audio collections." --School Library Journal
"In the audio version of his novel, Fleischman again demonstrates his talent for weaving several different narratives into an emotionally resonant whole. The...obvious choice to cast four different actors here makes for an affecting listening experience." --Publishers Weekly
Review of the Hardcover Edition:
"...a journey of self-discovery, redemption and healing... Complex and rewarding, this is a stellar addition to a consummate writer's body of work." --Publishers Weekly
"...a journey of self-discovery, redemption and healing...Complex and rewarding, this is a stellar addition to a consummate writer's body of work." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
Newbery Medal-winner Paul Fleischman has written a profoundly moving story of connectedness — to oneself, to others and to the natural world around us. Young Brent Bishop commits a drastic act without thought of how far-reaching the results could be. Weaving four other voices in and out of Brent's story, Fleischman reveals to what extent our actions can impact the lives of strangers — even years later. This is a story of a young soul's journey of self-discovery and ultimately one of hope and promise.
Eighteen year old actor Robert Field plays the part of Brent Bishop — edgy and unpolished, full of teenage insecurity and self-consciousness. Each of the four intertwined stories is voiced by another actor. The result is a stunningly authentic cast that deeply involves the listener in Fleischman's story of how Brent's young life anchors itself at last and touches many other lives for years to come.