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Publisher's Summary

Peter Pan meets Groundhog Day when 11-year-old Jackson makes a birthday wish about never growing up that mysteriously comes true.

On his 11th birthday, Jackson is nervous about moving up to middle school where he knows he'll be bullied by older kids, so he makes his wish, "I don't want to grow up!" When his 12th birthday rolls around, he discovers his wish came true: he's still 11, and he’s starting fifth grade (again). At first, this is the perfect life. Jackson is the smartest kid in his class, the best on his baseball team, and the star of the school band. But after a few years of being 11, he realizes his life is passing him by. His little sister is suddenly his big sister, his former friends are driving, everyone else is growing older but he's still living the same fifth grade life. Will Jackson ever figure out how to grow up or will he remain Stuck?

©2019 Chris Grabenstein (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"Back then, I used to the think eleven was the perfect age.
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"For the last time, she's not my girlfriend."
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About the Creator

Chris Grabenstein is the New York Times best-selling author of several successful series for children and young adults including the Lemoncello series, the Wonderland series, and the Haunted Mystery series. He is also the author of a number of standalone novels, such as Shine! and The Island of Dr. Libris, and a number of titles he co-authored with James Patterson, including House of Robots, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, and Word of Mouse. When he’s not writing fast-paced and fun page-turners, Grabenstein is a playwright, screenwriter, and comedian. Shortly after college, he moved to New York City with six suitcases, a typewriter, and very little money, putting himself to work writing scripts and performing with some of the city’s top improv troupes. Over the course of his career, Grabenstein also wrote for television, including for Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets, penning skits for the Dial-a-Muppet hotline and Little Muppet Monsters. He currently lives in New York City with his wife J.J., their cat Phoebe Squeak, and lots and lots of ideas.

About the Performer

With performances described in AudioFile magazine as "charming" and "utterly credible", Mark Sanderlin has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including titles from Macmillan, Audible Originals, Findaway Productions, and many independent authors. He's an active voiceover actor based in New York City, where he's also a professional pianist and singer.
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About the Performer

Elizabeth Hess is an actor, playwright, director, Arts educator, and Artistic Director of the newly-formed company, The Hess Collective. She loves recording books for Audible both in multicast and solo engagements. Her acclaimed solo stage work has been performed around the globe. TV credits include the series lead in Clarissa Explains It All, as well as roles in Law & Order, All My Children, and Another World. Film credits include: Handsome Harry, Italian Lessons, Buddy & Grace, and Soldier’s Heart. Other stage credits include extensive work in New York, as well as regional theaters. She is the author of Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance (Macmillan) a guide based on her hybrid approach to performance honed over 20 years of teaching primarily at NYU and international workshops.

About the Performer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

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Accent problem

It was a good book, but some references like “what a stupid name, prisha,” and the imitation of Indian accents bothered me. My parents migrated to America from India therefore I am Indian American. These just really bothered me but otherwise it’s a good book!

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A great listen for the whole family

Stuck is an absolute delight. Following Jackson as he hangs back year after year trying to avoid bullying and the stress of moving on to a new school will keep anyone entertained and interested. The characters are all engaging and entertaining.

This story and performance is really good for all audiences. If you are getting ready for a road trip with the kids or grand kids, Stuck is an excellent choice.

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Terrible dialogue

An annoying story line that draws in the author’s view of how kids talk, I couldn’t get past the terrible dialogue.

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Great listen for kids

I purchased this for my son to listen to and he enjoyed it very much. Super appropriate for his age and the multiple voices characters and sound effects kept him interested.

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Seriously cute and fun kid's story!

Chris Grabenstein's books are always wacky. This Audible Original is superb. I enjoyed immensely. It causes me to want to go back and listen to some of Grabenstein's John Ceepak mysteries.

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Be careful what you wish for...

My family listened to this in its entirety while traveling yesterday. This included my 75 yo dad and 3 kids (13, 9, and 6). We all enjoyed the story and the twist with Prisha at the end. It was a fun short story and had everyone engaged. Be careful what you wish for.

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Great kids book. It’s the stuffed potato!

This month’s Audible freebies are really knocking it out of the park for zippy, fun listens that also painlessly sneak in life lessons and deeper meaning. The narration is excellent here, fitting the tone of an 11 year old Jackson who finds himself reliving the year, and the 5th grade, over and over again, while the rest of the world moves on. Time travel plots often give me a headache, but this one went down easy. The only cultural/religious aspect to this book is the Hindu concept of nonlinear time. This book is free of politics, sex, and profanity and contains mild treatment of bullying, aging, and death. I find it perfect for kids 10 and up.

My favorite part is the changing slang as time moves forward. I’m going to start working “it’s the stuffed potato” into my catch phrases, because “it’s the bees knees” really makes no sense.

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Good listen

Really enjoyed this listen!! Good story and great characters!! Perfect for a short story for a trip

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It was so awesome

It allow me to use my imagination and there were all of characters. It was also short and easy to listen too.

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Great easy 5 star

The story line was awesome because the story was just well the acting was just awestruck 1 and the fact that he thought he wished was awesome 2 I basically don’t right review

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