Life hasn't been kind to Oliver Toye.
As if juvenile diabetes wasn't enough, he's forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and his nights listening to the forest rumble.
But he discovers a leather-bound journal, and family secrets surface. Like the mystery of his great-grandfather's voyage to the North Pole, when the snowman first appeared.
Oliver will need the snowman's magic, more than once. But when the time comes for Oliver to discover the truth, will he have the courage? If believing isn't enough, how will he save the snowman from melting away?
Sometimes even magic needs a little help.
©2014 Tony Bertauski (P)2014 Tony Bertauski
The best ever and I've listened to more than 200 of them.
This book is destined to be a classic, and not just for kids. I’m 68 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my son, his wife, and my four grandchildren ( We listened on long car ride to Thanksgiving family reunion. ) We all loved it!It had two bullies to dislike, an unhappy diabetic boy to love, a tyrannical Grandma who is much more than she appears to be, several “weird” mysteries to solve and, of course, a giant snowman! Just searched and found this author has two other Christmas books: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and Jack: The Tale of Frost. I now know what's next on my "must listen" list and I've found the perfect Christmas present for the grand kids!
Excellent reading. Good voices. Good emotion when needed. First class. Glad to see the other two books are also read by him.
I've leave that to the pros...hope they come up with a good one.
If you are looking for an audio book the whole family will love, especially around Christmas time, this is the one. Really exceptional story and performance.
A very big YES! I figured it would take me or week or so to finish this. That's what is normal for a 9 hr book. Wrong! I finished it in one day. Just could not stop listening. Listened while preparing for Thanksgiving, listened while taking a walk, listened while just sitting. No TV for me today! My husband was getting a little frustrated at my having ear buds in all day but..if I can convince him to listen to it, I'm sure he'll understand
This was one incredible book. And let me emphasize that this is not JUST a kids book. Although they will love it. This is that rare kind of book that everyone can enjoy and that will leave you with a smile that may last for days! I plan to make this a once a year listen. ( if I can wait that long. ) Merry Christmas to all! This sure got me in the spirit, even though it's Thanksgiving day as I write this.
Hard to chose but really liked Oliver and Molly.
Again...hard to choose. He did them all well. Really liked the voice of the Grandmother.
Almost did....with breaks...but still heard it all in one day.
Never wrote a review before and I don't usually gush but...WOW...This was fantastic.
Just hate that's it's over.....On to check out the author's other books and hoping he uses the same narrator.
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