When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.
Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small-town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.
©2012 Amy Harmon (P)2014 Tantor
passionate reader and vegan
I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.
I love this story. I love the characters, I love the author's voice. I love the themes that are woven perfectly through the story. And now I love the audio version just as much. The performance was just right.... Exactly how I heard the story in my head as I read it. I find this story deeply moving and recommend reading/listening to this at appropriate times. Or take tissues with you, either one!
The first Amy Harmon book I read was 'A Different Blue' which was so good I had to check out more. I love her writing style. Her books have this wonderful ebb and flow to them and they are so moving. The narration was top notch.
The overall story is wonderful. The writing is beautiful. You get very invested in the characters and what they go through.
She did very well. The only decision I question in her performance was to emphasize the way Samuel spoke. She made him sound like someone who learned English as an older child, not someone who was raised bilingual. He didn't need an accent. Everything else was very well done.
Love romance with a little bit of humor and suspense. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite books.
I've been recommending books to my sister and this is one of them. Although I loved Making Faces, I thought this was a good listen. I think Gilbert is a great reader and her voice keeps you engaged in the story. I would definitely recommend it to someone who looking for more than a good love story with basic sexual attraction, but love affair that starts with friendship.
"Five star storytelling"
This is my second Amy Harmon book. It is again beautifully written but different . I did not want it to end
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