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Publisher's Summary

Back in the 1960s, 10-year-old Sassy lived a cloistered life with her family in an old broken down school bus, hidden back off the dirt roads, nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains. When their mama falls seriously ill, she and her siblings set out on foot to find their father to bring him home. 

Days later they end up in the small mountainside town of Whisper Ridge, where a host of colorful characters band together to try to help them. However, not knowing their parents by any name other than Mama and Daddy presents quite a problem with the search. Complicating matters, Sassy realizes that she, too, is known only by her nickname. Will she be able to unravel her true identity? 

Narrator Dana Reynolds’ deep rooted Ozark accent is a natural fit for this narratives dramatic humor. This story is infused with original songs and music by local Ozark artists to enhance your listening pleasure!

©2007 BJ Tassin (P)2019 BJ Tassin

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Humanity at its finest!

Really sweet story about love, family and community! I live in Northwest Arkansas and can identify and appreciate the flavor and tone of this story. The author’s description of the hollows and the little towns are authentic. I especially love the music accompanying the chapters. I only wish there were more songs:)

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What a journey

I laughed and I cried. This book stimulated my imagination. so well written, I could see the story unfold in my mind.

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Beautiful and Captivating

I was completely obsessed with this book! I'm one that has trouble getting hooked when reading but this one had me right off the bat! The narrator had the perfect accent and did a wonderful job. I honestly was sad when it ended. I hope to read more very soon by Ms. Tassin!

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Excellent story, keeps surprising

One of my favorite things about this book is its non- formulaic nature. The story is great and gripping and you can never tell which way it’s going to turn. The narrator has an authentic Ozark voice, but the performance was not quite as tightly edited as the majority of books on Audible.

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Wonderful story. Love the voice of Sassy! A couple of technical errors but definitely a must read. I will definitely listen to it again.

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Intriguing Story

Excellent story. Well developed characters. Good description of the Southern culture at that time. In a few places the narration was repeated.

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Compelling

Didn't want to stop listening . Loved the story of the precious kids
Loved how we got to hear it through the narrator as if it were real instead of imaginary

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Loved this book!

I loved this book! I felt like I was taking this walk through the Ozarks with Sassy and her siblings! I couldnt wait to get back to it and see how it was all going to work out for this family.

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Sad to finish it

I really enjoyed Bona-Fide when I read it, but the audible version brings it to life. BJ has assembled a great group of people. Dana was the voice I had given Sassy as I read for myself. Thank you, BJ, for sharing your story with us!

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Imaginative, fun, and redeeming story lines !

A refreshingly graphic interesting story about children’s experiences in loss and found relationships! Shows grace and love of strangers, as they help the children find their way!