A new audiobook from the critically acclaimed and internationally award-winning author, Aaron Braxton's, Jesse and the Caterpillar Who Got Its Wings! An unforgettable, fascinating, and deeply moving, coming-of-age portrait about discovering relationships, searching for greatness, and growing up amidst the Midwest.
Jesse, and awkward 5th grade loner, has an intelligence and curiosity that has always made him see the world differently. Anchored by his blossoming friendship with the pretty and infinitely more popular Khalilah, he experiences love, loss, and tragedy, while using the shape shifting metamorphosis of caterpillars - from craving, crawling, earthbound creatures, to graceful winged beauties - as lessons for life, building self-awareness, and appreciating an identity he never fully understood. No longer sure of anything, an unexpected disaster causes him to question everything he always thought he knew about the world and about life.
"The book is so pure," says Hollywood writer/director Tim Chey, "I read it in ONE sitting and absolutely LOVED IT!”
Bold, beautiful, insightful, and raw, this transcendent work, takes you inside the precocious and subconscious lenses of an ordinary, and at times, extraordinary young adolescent. The story will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, and within an uncontrolled world, question: “When the carefree age of childhood innocence is lost, what remains in its place?”
Jesse is a hero for all ages. One who proves, “When there’s greatness inside, no one can say you can’t fly.”
*Academic Language and Common Core Standards aligned.