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Publisher's Summary

When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.

Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small-town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.

©2012 Amy Harmon (P)2014 Tantor

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Barefoot or Not--Run for this book

I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.

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In my top ten favourite books

I love this story. I love the characters, I love the author's voice. I love the themes that are woven perfectly through the story. And now I love the audio version just as much. The performance was just right.... Exactly how I heard the story in my head as I read it. I find this story deeply moving and recommend reading/listening to this at appropriate times. Or take tissues with you, either one!

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Another great book.

The first Amy Harmon book I read was 'A Different Blue' which was so good I had to check out more. I love her writing style. Her books have this wonderful ebb and flow to them and they are so moving. The narration was top notch.

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Excellent Story!!

I laughed and cried throughout the story as the author skillfully crafted each character and scene. Amazing!!

Not only do you learn about tragedy, but young love, true love, community commitment, family loyalty, national patriotism, and love of music all interwoven. This is a wonderful story of self-discovery and selflessness.

I enjoyed the narrator and could distinguish between characters easily.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a story with "heart", drama, Native American traditions & stories, and a Christian read.

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Cute

This was a cute book but not Amy's best. It was a bit predictable although I am glad I read it.

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Amy HARMON is amazing

I love all of her books, so I'm going back and listening to ask of then on audio.

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Love delayed, dreams yearned for and lost.

If your reading this review, you can probably relate to the female character's pov, her love of reading at least. She falls in love w/ Samuel at the age of 13, though circumstances separate them after the school year. As the years pass, much happans, love & grief and friendship is never forgotten. I don't want to retell the story or ruin anything for anyone, so just let me say that it's a beautiful story of words, music, similarities, differences, friendship and love. This is the 4th book of Amy Harmon's that I've listened to and I've enjoyed each one & will listen again to each one. Which is rare for me. And Tavia Gilbert once again has done an excellent narration.

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loved it!

I just wanted to listen and not do anything else. It was a good book.

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Very Magical and Soothing!!

Very Big fan of Tavia Gilbert. I first heard Tavia on my first book by Amy Harmon and I've been traveling to so many magical places with her voice.. I really love her narrations, the way she changes her tone when she speaks as Samuel.. she always brings the characters to life.. I find her voice and work very enjoyable ..
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Every story of Amy is always full of magic, her characters always bring so much and teach so much. Running Barefoot was not the exception. a beautiful story of two young souls falling in love through music.

Josie and Samuels's story starts at a very young age.. they were great friends and spend most of their time together.. No matter if Samuel kept fighting whatever was going on between them.. Josie was so in love with music, she was very talented, had a very good ear and made the most beautiful music Samuel ever heard.. she teaches him so much during those years, especially about music. Samuel didn't understand at first but as life went by he found himself more attached to this wonderful music and his beautiful teacher.

“Josie! You are just a little girl! You don’t know how helpless and weak and stupid it made me feel to stand there while you arranged my life like I was some kind of charity case!”

Josie was a very special girl, very mature and talented when it came to playing music. at a very young age, she started taking classes, classes that made her talent more evident and fascinating for Samuel.. Josie was a natural not only her ear and love for music was impressive, she was also a very kind soul who was always thinking of and helping everybody around.. especially the ones she loves..

"You were so young, and the feelings between us were too intense. I found myself thinking about you like you were my girl. Then I would remember how young you were.”

Samuel was a very handsome young boy, who was intrigued and quiet most of the times.. he was in love with Josie his best friend but kept holding himself as his age didn't help the situation at all. he kept denying his feelings, putting walls and keeping his distance, he even left town for a few years but sooner or later his excuses will run out and he will have to face his reality.. or better say he will finally accept his feelings..

“You’re not the girl I love best, Josie. You’re the only girl I’ve ever loved.”

Samuel and Josie love story is pure, innocent and beautiful they went through so much to finally be able to be together, especially fighting their own demons.. it was hard to see how Samuel kept fighting his love for Josie as he kept thinking it was not the right time for him to do it but it was also beautiful to see how this love never ended, on the contrary, it became stronger and deeper with time..

“You’re.. home. That’s what you’ve been for me ever since I met you. The note I could hear even when it wasn’t being played. The one I gravitated towards all these years.”

“You make me feel safe, Fern. You make me forget. And when I kiss you I just want to keep kissing you. Everything else falls away.”

It was a great book, I really enjoy it, great characters, the story was amazing, the secondary characters brought so much to the story.. overall it was a nice ride, I really recommend this book if you're looking for something to soothe your soul..

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Good Story

Though the concept for the storyline was good, as well as the research elements in music/reading/Navajo culture, it was too slow moving, and the tone of voice in the narration too "performed", rather than spoken with naturally felt emotion.

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  • reem
  • 09-27-16

Narration

The narrator was fine, I just found it annoying and irritating when it came to male voices, where the narrator had to "masculinize" her voice. Though it helped with the contrast, but I'd rather have a male narrator do male voices.

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  • The Mogster
  • 11-29-15

Five star storytelling

This is my second Amy Harmon book. It is again beautifully written but different . I did not want it to end

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  • Serena
  • 10-22-15

Another great read

I first listened to 'Making Faces' by Amy Harmon and instantly became a fan of this author... Couldn't stop listening to Running Barefoot ... An absolutely beautiful novel ... So heartfelt and you lose yourself in the love story without realizing it.