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  • The Wednesday Wars | Gary D. Schmidt

    The Wednesday Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
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    (651)
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    (655)

    Holling Hoodhood is really in for it. He's just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows is out to get him. The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things to worry about, especially Vietnam. Then there's the family business. As far as Holling's father is concerned, the Hoodhoods need to be on their best behavior: the success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it.

    Jan says: "2008 Newberry Honor Book... delightful 60's romp"
  • Okay for Now | Gary D. Schmidt

    Okay for Now

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
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    Story
    (174)

    As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.

    susan says: "Life is good even when its not..."
  • Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt

    Orbiting Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Christopher Gebauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
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    Story
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    The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he's placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

    TROY T BRAUN says: "Previewed before daughters class read it in school"
  • Trouble | Gary D. Schmidt

    Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (41)
    Story
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    Henry Smith's father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you. But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup truck that strikes Henry's older brother, Franklin. In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklin's preparatory school. The tragedy sparks racial tensions in the school.

    Vernita says: "A Well Woven Narrative"
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy | Gary D. Schmidt

    Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
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    (28)
    Story
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    Turner Buckminster can't find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. He's about ready to light out for the Territories, where every shirt he wears won't have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister's son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn't feel quite so miserable.

    J. W. says: "No holds barred"
  • Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars: Thalia Kids' Book Club | Gary Schmidt

    Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars: Thalia Kids' Book Club

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Gary Schmidt
    • Narrated By Khris Lewin
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    Two-time Newbery Medal winner Gary Schmidt talks about the frequently comic mishaps and adventures of a 12-year-old Long Island boy in the Vietnam era. Actor Khris Lewin performs an excerpt from the book. Thalia Kids' Book Club events are lively talks between children's book authors and their fans (ages 9-12) plus one event for teens. Each event includes a creative writing project, a free-wheeling discussion with the audience, and a book signing. Sometimes an actor stops by to read from the book.

    T. Boyd says: "entertaining to listen too. an overall great read."
  • What Came from the Stars | Gary D. Schmidt

    What Came from the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
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    The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars...all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him.

  • First Boy | Gary Schmidt

    First Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gary Schmidt
    • Narrated By Jesse Berns
    Overall
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    Suddenly, black sedans are swarming all around Cooper's small New Hampshire town, driven by mysterious men in dark suits. Cooper's barn is burned to the ground, and his house is broken into and searched during the night. The President of the United States calls on Cooper for a visit, and her opponent wants Cooper to join him on the campaign trail.

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