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Summer Lightning

Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Irrepressible Terrell Calder is a cigarette-smoking, school-skipping six-year-old boy growing up in a migrant work camp under growing rumors of World War II during the last days of the Great Depression. 

Son of the camp manager, Terry has no interest in school, and instead is drawn into an unlikely friendship with Mr. McCree, an eccentric old man living in the cracks of civilization. Together, they prowl the Everglades in search of rattlesnakes, epiphytes, and adventure until the law and society change their lives forever. 

Based on a true story, the award-winning Summer Lightning has been reprinted in 15 languages since its first publication in 1978.

©1978 Judith Richards (P)2018 Judith Richards

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I would give it 10 stars if I could!!!!

What a wonderful story. I was enchanted by the story as well as the reading. I can't imagine anything better than this wonderful story and the fantastic performance. It shows a part and history of Florida that I don't know much about. I felt so sad for the parents to have to deal with such a wild child, but now I'm grateful to have his knowledge shared with the world. Thank you, Book Sirens, for giving me a copy of this wonderful book.

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Life lessons

Summer Lightning
: Judith Richards

I have to ask, how have I missed this book throughout the years? It is part fiction, part non- fiction, historical fiction, adventure and so much more!!! It took me a few chapters to realize that the protagonist was a six year old boy. Wow! Terrell Calder learned more from life lessons than when he actually showed up for school. Adults didn't understand him, kids thought him different. I feel privileged to have been able to listen to this book.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Steve White brought these characters to life!!!



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent story, strong performance

This was a terrific discovery. I saw halfway through my listening that someone compared it to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ which makes sense. Strong characters with an engaging plot, showing a southern world with a lot of color and descriptions. The reader did a great job of bringing it to life, with some of the most exciting scenes especially. Very well done!

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 10-24-18

pleasantly surprised

This is hidden gem that i wouldn't have expected. starring a cigarette smoking six old. I was surprised with what i got and was glad i gave this novel a chance. narration was great.

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Heartwarming and fascinating story

I enjoyed listening to Summer Lightning because it was a very good, entertaining story and the narration was fantastic. Set in a time when kids could be kids and you didn't fear for everything and everyone. Terrell ran around doing what he wanted to do rather than what he was supposed to be doing but he met some fascinating people and learned about life first hand. Mr. McCree was a wonderful man and a great person to get to know through this book. The ending of this story was perfect! This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A story that really warms the heart.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This heartwarming true story centers around a 6-year-old boy named Terry in 1941 [right before the attack on Pearl Harbor causing United States to enter into WWII]. A time when children could go out alone without their parents worrying that someone or something could do them harm. Terry skips school on a regular basis to spend time with his 83-year-old friend Mr. McCree from whom he learns about snakes, swamps, survival, work ethic, and life.

The story really warms the heart. The characters are so human with their fears, pettiness, prejudices and small joys. I really enjoyed getting lost in the world of a precocious boy, his best friend Mr. McCree and the boy's parents, who wonder if they failed him.

It reminds me, in tone, of Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.

The narrator was perfect in setting the tone of the story and imbuing the characters' voices.

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“Old” Florida

Having been born and bred in Florida I could visual the story taking place in “old” Florida. I really enjoyed hearing Steve White narrate the story and he made it come alive with the individual voices. It was entertaining, like having a book read aloud to me as a child.

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Huck Fin has nothing on Terry

What a fun book! little Terry, does not want to go to school, He wants to run free, and does just that, much to the distress of his parents! pre-war florida swamps, and fantastic characters, make for a great read!

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A heartwarming beautiful book!

A heartwarming beautiful book! I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this coming of age story.

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Beautiful book

This was a little gem of a book. I stumbled upon it by accident but I’m so glad I did. This is a beautifully written story about a friendship between a precocious little boy and a older grandfatherly character. They have lovely adventures in this story set in the 1940s that you cannot imagine happening today. Add to that the excellent narration and it makes this a story I will come back to in the future.