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Publisher's Summary

Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things.

In "Shine", the master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time and My Sister's Keeper introduces listeners to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself - in hopes that someday someone will see her for who she really is.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • jeanjie
  • Jupiter, FL United States
  • 01-10-17

Empathy provoking!

A lovely story of coping in a environment designed for others. How unfair and cruel children (and adults!) can be to those who are different! The narrator did an excellent job. I was sad that the story was ended.

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  • olivia
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  • 10-16-16

Outstanding!

This story takes me back years ago when I was a third grader... I wanted a yellow ponytail. I thought - "myself if I could only have a yellow ponytail that swung when I walked, I would be just as good". Well, I'm 70 now and I still have short black hair and I know I am "just as good"! Bravo Jodi!!

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love the author....not the narrator

I really struggled with this. I'm glad I got this before buying Small Great Things since it's narrated by the same person. I'll just read this book myself because I can't stand this narrator for some reason.

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Predivna kratka priča koja nas uvodi u knjigu “Small great things”

Jodi Picoult: Shine
Čitala: Audra McDonald
Izdavač: Random House Audio

Jodi Picoult nas je sve osvojila nevjerojatnom knjigom "Čuvarica sestre svoje" koja je kasnije i ekranizirana u film sa Cameron Diaz. Ovaj put autorica govori o drugoj temi koja nikoga ne ostavlja ravnodušnim.

Ruth je mala djevojčica koja je uspješna u školi te je jako marljiva. Uz pomoć mamine šefice treći razred će pohađati u elitnijoj školi u kojoj su svi pretežito bijelci, a ona Afro Amerikanka. Ruth se bori protiv predrasuda te rasizma, sama bez pomoći ikoga.

Ova kratka novela je tako zvani "prequel" tj. novela prethodi knjizi "Small great things" koja nastavlja i produbljuje problem rasizma.
Novelu sam poslušao preko aplikacije Audible gdje glas Ruth daje izvrsna glumica Audra McDonald. Nisam baš naučen na slušanju audio knjiga, pa sam se bojao kakvo će mi ovo iskustvo biti. Moram priznati da sve bojazni se nisu ostvarile. Brzo nakon početka zaboravio sam da slušam audio knjigu, te sam utonuo u svijet gdje je Ruth nažalost građanka drugog reda, pa čak među vršnjacima. Posljednja poglavlja su me toliko šokirala da mi je ostao gorki okus realnosti, jadne tužne realnosti gdje neki smatraju da su iznad nekih ljudi. Nažalost događaji poput oni u Charlottesville gdje su izašle pred očima svijeta sve stvari za koje smo mislili da su nestale, gdje su bijelački supremisti, antisemiti, rasisti te neonacisti izašli prikazati da to zlo još postoji koje se ne želi sakriti. Zbog svega toga ova nas priča upozorava da ipak nismo toliko napredovali kao civilizacija.
Ovom novelom Jodi Picoult je pripremila teren za knjigu "Small great things" od koje sada još više očekujem.

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The Perfect Pairing

Jodi Picoult and Audra McDonald is the most wonderful pairing I never knew I needed. As usual, Jodi Picoult’s story is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once and SUCH a good addition to Small Great Things. And I could listen to Audra McDonald all day - singing or speaking! She tells the story so wonderfully, you really feel like you’re sitting with Ruth, hearing her tell it.

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Too short!

Any additional comments?

This is a very short story about Ruth from Small Great Things. It was a good story, I just wanted more. Having already listened to Small Great Things, I really wanted to hear where she started. I didn't (but should have) realize when I purchased it that it was a short story.

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Interesting beginning

Would you listen to Shine again? Why?

Yes I would listen again. It was beautifully written and Audra McDonald gave a wonderful reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shine?

There were several moments for me: the article, the teacher's aide inability to remember names, and the ending with the headband.

What does Audra McDonald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You can hear the emotions in her voice. When the grandmother is drunk and angry, you hear that anguish and pain in Audra McDonald's voice. Even with the mom at the end of the story. Gifted and talented voice actress.

If you could take any character from Shine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Grandmother. She has a lot of stories to tell.

Any additional comments?

Beautiful story by Jodi Picoult. Audra McDonald's voice seems to perfectly add to this delicate coming of age story.

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Gorgeous as always for picoult

Preface to Small Great Things. Worth reading... I wish there was a bit more, but I'll take what i can get. Smal Great Things was one of her best, in my opinion. I'd have loved to know even more about young Ruth though...

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Always my favorite author

I read Small Great Things first and liked going back in time to Ruth's childhood. Easy listening, nice prequel to the first book. I love Audra McDonald and enjoy listening to her narration.

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Racial Bias For Thought

This story reminds us of how inequitable life can be. Often people are unfairly defined by their race or other physical characteristics.