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Hurt Go Happy

Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she’s been deaf since the age of six, Joey’s mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails.

Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins learning to sign. Spending time with Charlie and Sukari, Joey has never been happier. She even starts making friends at school for the first time. But as Joey’s world blooms with possibilities, Charlie and Sukari’s choices begin to narrow—until Sukari’s very survival is in doubt.

©2006 Ginny Rorby (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“This unusual and emotional story will intrigue animal lovers and those looking for a gripping family drama. The characters are well crafted…The novel is beautifully written and believable.” ( VOYA)
“Has the potential to be a classic animal story with wide appeal…Rorby successfully gets to the core of a moving animal-human relationship; she conveys how sign language can liberate those unable to speak or hear.” ( Kliatt)

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The relationship between mother and daughter never reaches resolution. It was too harsh of a tone in that respect.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read


It was my goal to start stepping out of my comfort zone this year and to start reading books that made me explore deeper and sometimes less comfortable emotions. I certainly found some of those in this book. I laughed, I cried, I felt helpless and confused, I felt angry and frustrated, but most of all (with the main character Joey) I celebrated life with all of its complexities. An outstandingly written book suitable for teens to any age adult. There is some of all of us in this story. A definite 5 stars. The narration was excellent.

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This book is so good

Hurt go happy is an amazing book with many twists and turns. The plot is so unique and every time something intense happened I would need to read faster. Please read this book take it from me, a random dude.

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This book made me cry!<br />

Loved it. Everyone should read this. Its so Very emotional. I loved the reader's voice too. I felt very immersed into the world.