When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Oneida Indian spirit named Penaki, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering them to find evidence to avenge her past and free her from earthly bondage, things change.
What Gus doesn'tunderstand is why his mother hates Tully. His relentless digging reveals a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus' maternal grandfather, Marlowe Wright. Can his natural compassion help him accept the not-so-normal facts about Tully and Marlowe?
On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake,following Penni's trail to an abandoned house reportedly infected with the deadly Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and make anastounding find that could rewrite history.
Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the sultry summer of 1965.
©2012 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2013 Aaron Paul Lazar
I received the audiobook as a gift (not with any expectation of a review) and enjoyed it more than you'd think an old bat would enjoy a book with a 12-year-old hero. Then again, Gus LeGarde is an exceptional (though entirely ordinary - go figure) 12-year-old. Lazar combines great sensitivity and rich descriptive details to create engaging characters in fascinating relationships within original plot scenarios. The paranormal element was a gentle, entertaining exploration of what-if. Not everyone will agree with Lazar's take on certain relationships, but his unconditional love for all of humanity shines through every book of his that I've read. I'd recommend this book for both young adult and adult readers.
I'm a big fan of voice artist Erik Synnestvedt too. He brings Gus to life perfectly and does a great job individualizing the other characters.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A small town with a big mystery and a playful ghost. This is the sixth book in "Gus LeGarde", series but it can stand alone. A coming of age tale in 1965 that was well written and the characters were relatable. Gus must find something the ghost is desperate to have discovered, that will lead to her past.
It was fun to step back into a time where transistor radios were new and neighborhoods were safe. Erik Synnestvedt, did a wonderful job with the narration, good voices helped to separate the characters and brought them to life.
Aaron Paul Lazar has written a beautiful story, one that will stay with me for a long time. The characters have become friends I don’t want to lose. I laughed out loud at some of their antics, held my breath in some places, and at times wiped away tears.
Twelve-year-old Gus LeGarde started that summer as a boy, but he grew beyond his years. All the characters—Tully, Elspeth, Siegfried, and the others—were well developed and grew as the story progressed. I loved them.
Lazar’s writing flows smoothly throughout; he created scenes so rich I felt I was there and shared in the experiences. Narrator Erik Synnestvedt did an excellent job, and I found it easy to distinguish the characters. Penne’s voice was enchanting—just perfect. Synnestvedt brought the story to life.
Don’t Let the Wind Catch You is a coming of age story that reveals deep understanding of the human condition. There’s tragedy, humor, compassion, and love. It touched me on so many levels that I’ll want to listen again one day.
I highly recommend this book. You won’t want to leave it.
Whenever Penni makes herself "seen" to Gus.
His consistency in tone and temperament were calming, setting the right tone for this novel.
When Penni kisses Gus in thanks for saving Tully and letting her know he was OK.
I really enjoyed listening to Don't Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Lazar. This was my first book from the Gus LeGarde series, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am a 40-something woman who enjoys a variety of genres, including young adult. Not knowing what genre this audiobook falls into, I'd say this is more in the vein of the old Hardy Boys serial, with a supernatural twist. It's a good story that is both a mystery and a ghost story.The story centers around a 12-year old boy, Gus LeGarde, in the summer of 1965 in Upstate New York. Gus is an "old soul" who is wise beyond his years. Gus and his friends frequently ride through the woods on horseback. Despite orders from his parents to do otherwise, he quickly befriends Tully, a cranky old hermit who lives in the woods without electricity and without running water.Tully has a few secrets that the story reveals through Gus's eyes of youthful and limited experiences. One such secret is that Tully speaks to an Indian ghost, Penni, who died in the 1700's. Penni shows herself to Gus and his friends too by rattling tin cups and flipping book pages. She also appears to Gus twice to save Tully's life. Eventually Penni gets Gus and Tully to help solve the mystery surrounding her death, which supposedly will help Penni cross over into the next realm.The book is narrated by Erik Synnestvedt whom I've never heard before. He did an admirable job, using consistent voices for each character throughout. He might not read as enthusiastically as other narrators, but his consistency in tone and temperament were calming, setting the right tone for this novel. I'd listen to another one of his narrated stories anytime.In summary, if you are tired of reading/listening to the normal contemporary stories out there, and are looking for a good, sweet natured story, I highly suggest trying Don't Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Lazar.
Deborah J Ledford
Captivating, engrossing, intriguing.
There were quite a few memorable moments, but the Native American elements were true-to-life and exhibited with the highest degree of respect.
A smooth, visual interpretation of the author's written words. I enjoyed the performance very much.
The relationship between Gus and his family touched me.
Gus LeGarde’s latest adventure along with twins, Elsbeth and Siegfried, is a wild ride of intrigue, enchantment and compassion. Pestered by a persistent Indian girl’s spirit, Gus and the twins set off on a quest to discover the truth to a long-buried secret. During his investigation, Gus uncovers another secret too clandestine to share…with anyone. Lazar is a consummate storyteller whose compelling characters transcend age and beliefs as he takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery.
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