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Darwin8u

Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States Member Since 2011

A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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  • "An Ode to Youth and the Books of Youth"

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    Just finished this with the kids. I remember reading this with my mother when I was 10. It is a nice generational conveyance. When I was young, the STORIES of Tom and Huck affected me the most. Now, however, it is Twain's language that touches me. I love how Tom's life and play is impacted by the adventure books he reads. One day Tom is animated by a bounty of pirates, the next day by a shadow of robbers, and everyday Tom's vocabulary and actions are endowed with the books of his youth. 'Tom Sawyer' is just as much an ode to his youth as it is a poesy to the adventure books of a more tender age.

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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    The name "Tom Sawyer" is synonymous with the adventures of boyhood. Bold and clever, Tom gets into and out of trouble with an ease many listeners will envy. A story beloved by children, it also has relevance for adults. Twain's beloved classic of growing up in Midwest America is as popular today as when it was first published in 1876.

    Tad Davis says: "Nostalgic fairy tale, but at times quite dark"
  • "Not My Cup of Tea, but the KIDS Dig..."

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    This isn't a book, I'd normally download and listen to, but the kids were growing troubled by listening to Dante's Inferno on the way to school. 9 and 11-year olds can be so damn fickle. Once we got to the 7th circle of Hell my kids (both OK with heresy but not OK with violence) were ready to bail on me, Virgil and Dante.

    So, finding myself now lost with my kids (and without an audiobook to distract me from their constant questions about truth and beauty) while driving through the woods, I decided to download the Sisters Grimm. Definitely more my kids' speed.

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

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    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
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  • Heroes of the Valley

    "To Emulate or Escape from (Swinish) Heroes--"

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    This is an entertaining, fresh take on the pseudo-Icelandic saga fantasy genre, filled with believable and very human characters (even the "villains"), unexpected plot developments, suspenseful and yet funny scenes, and a well-realized world. Author Stroud deftly adapts that genre to the young adult market, depicting an appealing young underdog protagonist struggling to find his place in his world: short, stubby, swarthy, homely, brave, clever, resourceful, and witty Halli. The relationship between Halli and his girl friend Aud is wonderful, for they are well-matched and feisty with and loyal to each other. Aud is a great female character: independent-minded and at least as intelligent, spunky, and humorous as Halli. The interplay between the scary, comical, and imaginative heroic legends that begin each chapter and the real world heroism that Halli must learn and attempt is fascinating. I listened to the book with a delicious sense of not knowing what would happen next but being sure that whatever did happen would be interesting and just right. There is at one point, for example, a brilliant showdown featuring a fever, a lost voice, a revelation, and a fight to the death with a poker, crockery and food-stuffs, a pair of skewers, a fireplace, and tapestries that is worth the price of admission alone.

    Reader David Thorn is perfect, reading the story with a rich, dry, almost tongue in cheek tone that makes it feel as if a favorite uncle were telling you exciting legends by the fireplace. All in all a pleasurable and rewarding audiobook.

  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    "Fun, Funny, Fairy, and the Kitchen Sink"

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    Ever since their parents vanished a year and a half ago, eleven-year-old Sabrina Grimm and her seven-year old sister Daphne have been escaping from bad foster homes. And in the opening scene of Michael Buckley's The Fairy-Tale Detectives (2005), the first novel in his popular Sisters Grimm series, the girls are taken by their pinch-faced case worker Ms. Smirt to Ferryport Landing, NY, a quaint town without movie theaters, malls, or museums, to live with a dead woman. It develops that the woman, their grandmother Relda Grimm, is alive and well, and among the things the girls will soon discover is why their father lied to them that she was dead and what happened to the girls' mother and him.

    They will also learn that nearly every fantastic being and artifact that ever appeared in any fairy tale, legend, or myth really existed and did the things that have been written about them, so that, for instance, a collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales is a history book and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a true story. We don't encounter such things in real life today because when the age of fairy tales was ending around the start of the 19th century and fantasy beings--Everafters--were being persecuted, they moved to America, where with the help of Wilhelm Grimm they settled in the mostly unsettled woods and fields of Ferryport, thinking to find there an unmolested haven. As time passed and more normal Americans began moving to Ferryport, however, persecution loomed again, so some Everafters tried to wage a pre-emptive war on humanity, but were prevented by a Baba Yaga spell limiting all Everafters to the five square miles of the town for as long as at least one Grimm descendent remains alive. So for 200 years the Everafters have kept a low profile, mostly hiding their magical natures and items, and the Grimms have been playing detective troubleshooters to defuse any problems arising between fairy folk and humans.

    That premise permits Buckley to use any fantasy character (including Snow White, Little Bo Peep, Glinda the Good Witch, the Three Little Pigs, the Queen of Hearts, Gepetto, Ichabod Crane, and Mowgli) or item (including Excalibur, Cinderella's fairy godmother's wand, magic beans, and "the" magic mirror) he chooses. It's part of the trend in movies like Shrek (2001), books like Neil Gaiman's American Gods (2001) and TV shows like Once Upon a Time (2011-) to combine figures from various fairy tales, myths, and legends (often in our own world, often revised so that, for example, traditional villains become heroes and vice versa) to revivify such stories and their characters and to make them more relevant to today's readers. And it's fun to meet fantasy characters from beloved childhood tales rubbing shoulders in a new story.

    But such stories may turn into inconsistent anything goes affairs, as when Relda Grimm tells her granddaughters that not all fairy tales are true, saying "For instance, a dish never ran away with a spoon," but why or where Buckley draws the line is fuzzy. Similarly, if fantasy stories are true histories of real events, how could characters who got killed in them appear alive now, like the Hansel and Gretel witch and Grendel? Worse, a diminishing of magic, a numbing of wonder, and a mundaning of fantasy may kick in the more disparate familiar characters are tossed together in a story, especially when, instead of fantastic effect, an author pushes page-turning action (as when the sisters ride on Aladdin's flying carpet--complete with a "kamikaze" dive, a car chase, and a moment when the rug "screeched to a halt"), and gives fantasy characters banal personalities and relationships (as when Beauty and the Beast bicker over being late for a ball), all of which is too much the case in The Fairy-Tale Detectives. The mystery genre itself is about solving rather than evoking mystery, and if fantasy characters are real, what happens to fantasy?

    Kvetching aside, The Fairy-Tale Detectives is enjoyable. Although Buckley's writing mostly lacks poetry, magic, and wonder, it is exciting, funny, and vivid, and has some heightened moments, like when the sisters walk through the mirror, and some great lines, like "You would hug the devil if he gave you cookies," or "Who could tell what a woman who had swords hanging over her bed was capable of?" The sisters are spunky (if a little too snappy), loyal, vulnerable, and strong, and their growing realization that they may finally have found family and home is moving. Other characters like Relda Grimm and Mr. Canis (her lupine border, bodyguard, and friend) and Elvis (her 200-pound, slobber-tongued Great Dane) are appealing. I liked Puck, the 4,000 year-old self-proclaimed Fairy Prince and Trickster King who has decided to stay in the form of a twelve-year-old boy till the sun burns out. And Prince Charming makes a fine mayor: arrogant, snide, and power-hungry.

    The reader L. J. Ganser's appealing voice and energetic manner are fine (especially for Sabrina and Daphne), with one exception: he's unconvincing and inconsistent with foreign accents like Relda Grimm's slight German one and Prince Charming and Jack the Giant Killer's thick English ones (especially when Jack says things like, "You can't keep a bloke like me down, can you? Nosiree-bob!").

    Finally, although Catherynne Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) is more magical, being written with rich, poetic, and wonder-filled prose and peopled with characters of the author's own devising rather than with ones plucked from classic fantasy stories, kids must love The Fairy-Tale Detectives, and adults who like (sub)urban fantasy, everything-fairy-and-the-kitchen-sink stories, and exciting, funny, page-turning kids' books should like it too.

  • Stuart Little

    "Delightful, Charming, Philosophical, PERFECT!"

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    Stuart Little is a perfect book: delightful, charming, funny, philosophical, unpredictable, wistful, and finally mysterious. It is so short and so perfect!

    And Julie Harris, the accomplished American actress of stage and cinema, has a perfectly savory voice and clever and caring manner for her reading of the book (which was done in 1965 when she was forty, apparently), infusing it with appealing wit and emotion and poetry in all the right places. Hearing her read (no, mumble) the lines of a dental patient with his mouth stuffed with several wads of gauze, or the comical and finally beautiful exchanges between substitute teacher Stuart and his pupils, or the exciting sailboat race, or any of the other wonderful scenes, is a pure pleasure.

    Highly recommended to everyone!

  • The Book Thief

    "Powerful but Almost Too Precious"

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    "Come with me and I'll tell you a story," says Death in the prologue of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (2006). Death then tells about the first time he encountered Liesel Meminger, destined to become the Book Thief, on a train in Nazi Germany when the nine-year-old girl's mother was taking her and her little brother to the small town of Molching to their new foster parents (being the wife of a persecuted and disappeared communist husband, she was unable to support her children). Death visited the train then to get Liesel's brother. The remainder of the novel is based on Death's reading of Liesel's eponymous autobiography, as well as on his own perception of humanity and philosophy of life, focusing on a few years during Hitler's Third Reich.

    The Book Thief (Zusak's novel) has a suspenseful, funny, and moving story, a vivid historical setting, and great characters: Rosa Hubermann (dispenser of insults like "saumensch" and "saukerl" like hugs) and her husband Hans (possessor of kind silver eyes and an accordion), Rudy Steiner (free spirited emulator of Jesse Owens), Max Vanderberg (amateur boxer and picture book creator), and, of course, Liesel (brave, loving, empathetic, and intelligent girl). The book interestingly depicts WWII and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust from the point of view of Germans; in addition to being actively or passively responsible for supporting Hitler and the Holocaust, they were also victims (however guilty) of horrific bombing raids, and there were some brave and humane people among them. The Book Thief explores the mixed nature of humanity and life and embraces tolerance, courage, love, and the power of words and books.

    Death is quite a storyteller, using much suspenseful foreshadowing and many original metaphors. Needing distractions in his line of work, he occasionally becomes interested in someone like Liesel, "One of those perpetual survivors, an expert at being left behind." He is everywhere at the right time, anywhere someone is dying, to carry their souls away. And he is regularly impressed by how beautiful and brutal, ugly and glorious, brilliant and damning humanity is. Needless to say, Death is not a supporter of the Fuhrer or of war in general, because they cause too much human death. (Apparently animals have no souls...) I began feeling, however, that Death is TOO sympathetic and poetic. When he says, "Even Death has a heart," I began thinking that maybe he has too much of one.

    Zusak writes a rich style, replete with fresh, vivid descriptions and phrases: "Before she could answer, the wooden spoon came down on Liesel Meminger's body like the gait of God. Red marks like footprints, and they burned." And "She settled into the long arms of grass." And "The sky was the color of Jews." But I began feeling that Zusak strives too hard too often to charm too much via striking metaphors, especially when evoking the magical power of words. Although at first phrases like "When he spoke, it was the taste of a whisper" were neat, after a while they started drawing too much provocative and precious attention to themselves:

    "His words manipulated Tommy's face."
    "The words were flung at her, landing somewhere on the concrete step."
    "The words landed on the table and positioned themselves in the middle."
    "Rudy's voice reached over and handed Liesel the truth. For a while, it sat on her shoulder, but a few thoughts later, it made its way to her ear."
    "Somewhere, inside her were the souls of words. They climbed out and stood beside her."

    As a result, other striking descriptions also began cloyingly showing off: "His eyes staggered." And "The taste of Christmas needles chimed inside her lungs."

    Another stylistic feature that Zusak uses too much (though this is true of much current children's and YA literature), I felt, are short, punchy sentences and one-sentence paragraphs, as in this series:

    "Their mother was asleep.
    I entered the train.
    My feet stepped through the cluttered aisle and my palm was over his mouth in an instant.
    No one noticed.
    The train galloped on.
    Except the girl."

    The reader Allan Corduner is skilled and engaged, bringing Zusak's vivid characters to even greater life, but his manner also at times became too much, striving too hard for emotion and impact when combined with the author's striving too hard for effect. (I didn't get that feeling at all when listening to Corduner's reading of Magyk.)

    Finally, although the novel is funny, moving, terrible, and beautiful--and I do recommend it--I think that because it verges on being over-written by Zusak and over-read by Corduner, its power is lessened.

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  • "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED I..."

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    I won't waste time talking about the worth of this classic story. In my 50+ years on this earth I somehow never read it, dismissing it as "young adult fiction", and I am sorry and shamed now, because it is not that at all. It is one of the finest books I've ever listened to.

    HOWEVER, because it was new to me, I was very sorry to hear the introduction (not skippable, because it is not separated from the first chapter) which GAVE AWAY all the key parts of the story at the end of its schmoozy praise of the novel. Really, really disappointed to have a spoiler like that for such a great book - it should have been featured AFTER the story. The narrator is quite good and I love her way with accents, but she should learn that "suite" is pronounced "sweet" and not "suit". Also disturbing is the weird incidental jazz music, not at all indicative of 1911 when the story begins, which breaks startlingly, alarmingly between chapters. It's out of character for the story and jarring to the ear.

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    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

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    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
  • Nim's Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Wendy Orr Narrated by Kate Reading

    Nim's Island

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wendy Orr
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone.

    melrailey says: "Delightful"
  • Paper Towns (






UNABRIDGED) by John Green Narrated by Dan John Miller

    Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (704)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Jeremy says: "Green is Always Good, But Paper Towns Not Best"
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  • The Ersatz Elevator: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lemony Snicket Narrated by Tim Curry

    The Ersatz Elevator: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Like the previous books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be heard here but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to listen to.

    leslie says: "Readers don't come any better"
  • The Graveyard Book (






UNABRIDGED) by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Neil Gaiman

    The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6303)
    Performance
    (3089)
    Story
    (3105)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
  • Homeroom Diaries (






UNABRIDGED) by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou Narrated by Lauren Fortgang

    Homeroom Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
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    In James Patterson's first 'diary fiction' story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Margaret 'Cuckoo' Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her 'Happiness Project'. She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary.

  • Sieh mich jetzt [Look at Me Now] (






UNABRIDGED) by Sandra Schwartz Narrated by Katrin Weisser-Lodahl

    Sieh mich jetzt [Look at Me Now]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sandra Schwartz
    • Narrated By Katrin Weisser-Lodahl
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    Evas kleiner Bruder ist krank. Richtig krank. Seine Krankheit erfordert oft die ganze Familie, und wenn Eva dann nach einer Woche Abwesenheit wieder in die Schule kommt, ist ihre beste Freundin, Maja, plötzlich mit dem populäresten Mädchen der Klasse, Freundin geworden. Und sie sind zum Tanzen angefangen. Einfach Scheisse?! Von nun an geht alles Schief, und Eva kriegt nicht einmal Maja erzählt, dass sie mitten im Matsch und wirbelnder Schnee einen süssen, spannenden und unglaublich verwirrenden Typen getroffen hat …

  • Getting the Girl (






UNABRIDGED) by Markus Zusak Narrated by Stig Wemyss

    Getting the Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Stig Wemyss
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    Rube never loved any of them. He never cared about any of them. He just wanted each one because she was next, and why not take the next thing if it was better than the last? Needless to say, Rube and I aren't too much alike when it comes to women. Cameron and Ruben have always been loyal brothers, but that loyalty is about to be tested to the limit when Cam falls for Octavia - Rube's latest girlfriend. Will he get the girl? Will his love for her tear their brotherly bond apart?

  • Close Your Pretty Eyes (






UNABRIDGED) by Sally Nicholls Narrated by Emilia Fox

    Close Your Pretty Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sally Nicholls
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Eleven-year-old Olivia Brown has been in care since she was five. She has just been asked to leave her eighteenth placement. Her new home is a secluded farmhouse, centuries old, where she slowly bonds with her foster family. But the house holds dark secrets. The danger is real - but does it come from the twisted mind of a very disturbed child?

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  • Me Myself Milly (






UNABRIDGED) by Penelope Bush Narrated by Felicity Davidson

    Me Myself Milly

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Penelope Bush
    • Narrated By Felicity Davidson
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    What happened to Milly last summer? She can’t talk about it. Instead, she’s writing in her journal. About growing up in the shadow of her twin sister, Lily. About the American boy who’s moved in upstairs. (There’s something he’s not telling either.) Milly can’t keep her secret forever... can she?

  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (






UNABRIDGED) by Rodman Philbrick Narrated by William Dufris

    The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union.

    Holly says: "Teacher's Perspective"
  • The Considine Curse (






UNABRIDGED) by Gareth P. Jones Narrated by Judy Flynn

    The Considine Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gareth P. Jones
    • Narrated By Judy Flynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fourteen-year-old Mariel returns to England for her grandmother’s funeral. It is the first time she has been back since she emigrated with her mother as a baby, and it is the beginning of the uncovering of some really extraordinary truths about the Considine family. Why did Mariel’s mum argue with Grandma all those years ago? Why does Amelia wear so much perfume? Why is there a very large cat flap in Louvre House? And most importantly, what is the dark secret that lies at the heart of the family?

  • Skin Deep (






UNABRIDGED) by Laura Jarratt Narrated by Lisa Coleman

    Skin Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Laura Jarratt
    • Narrated By Lisa Coleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan's a traveller. When he and his mother arrive in the village, he can't imagine why this place shouldn't be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found.

    Delah says: "Very Good Young Adult Story"