I probably should have chosen another book for my first listen on Audible. Some of the stories were moving and entertaining; but after a while, they begin to sound the same. I would have been happy with his top 30 columns. I'm on the 2nd half of the download (#55), and I think I've had enough for now.
No disappointment, here. A great "read". Nicely told by the reader, particularly the use of various accents. Easily followed, a few twists and turns. I was trying to "figure out" how it would resolve itself. Didn't expect this, though. Highly recommended.
The narration brings out the brilliance of this amazing story. My Gr. 8's were riveted. Yes, Gr. 8's. A must-buy if you want to use this as a shared reading for students. I'll be using this every year.
Sorry, the narration by the late Mr. Ritter was disappointing, to be sure. It sounded like he was reading a newspaper. I've done a much better version in my classroom. What a bummer. Great story, "must" read - but not a "must" listen.
I use this for a read-aloud each year to my Grade 8's. Such important messages in this book. Having taught special needs students before, this connects with me deeply to the point that I'm able to share my own experiences with kids like David and Jason. I find that I like to actually read it myself because I emphasize Jason's "touching" in his binder of words as an effect. The book is on my Mac for my struggling readers to enjoy during the year. You must read this - and get this - if you teach middle-schoolers.
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