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Publisher's Summary

A new deluxe edition of the international best seller by Heather O'Neill, the Giller-shortlisted author of Daydreams of Angels and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. Featuring an original foreword from the author, this edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the coming-of-age story that People describes as "a vivid portrait of life on skid row."

Baby, all of 13 years old, is lost in the gangly, coltish moment between childhood and the strange pulls and temptations of the adult world. Her mother is dead; her father, Jules, is scarcely more than a child himself and is always on the lookout for his next score. Baby knows that "chocolate milk" is Jules' slang for heroin and sees a lot more of that in her house than the real article. But she takes vivid delight in the scrappy bits of happiness and beauty that find their way to her, and moves through the threat of the streets as if she's been choreographed in a dance.

Soon, though, a hazard emerges that is bigger than even her hard-won survival skills can handle. Alphonse, the local pimp, has his eye on her for his new girl; he wants her body and soul - and what the johns don't take he covets for himself. At the same time, a tender and naively passionate friendship unfolds with a boy from her class at school, who has no notion of the dark claims on her - which even her father, lost on the nod, cannot totally ignore. Jules consigns her to a stint in juvie hall, and for the moment this perceived betrayal preserves Baby from terrible harm - but after that, her salvation has to be her own invention.

Channeling the artlessly affecting voice of her 13-year-old heroine with extraordinary accuracy and power, Heather O'Neill's heartbreaking and wholly original debut novel blew readers away when it was first published 10 years ago. Now it is sure to capture its next decade of readers and listeners as Baby picks her pathway along the edge of the abyss to arrive at a place of redemption and of love.

©2006, 2016 Heather O’Neill (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Still my favourite book.

I'll read it over and over. It's devastating and beautiful and fascinating. The resilience of the human spirit is unparalleled. This book takes you on a journey most of us could never imagine. Loved it.

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unique and absorbing

I listen to books while cleaning up at work so I heard it in fragments but each time I'd quickly get sucked back into the story.

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  • Bethany
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Loved it!

Where does Lullabies for Little Criminals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favourite audiobook ive listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Baby! Lowkey resonated with her - minus the drugs and prostitution.

What three words best describe Miriam McDonald and Heather O'Neill ’s voice?

Miriam McDonald didn't give an amazing performance....it lacked a lot of emphasis I found. She didn't read each character's part any different so it all blended together.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Great story! Need more Heather O'Neil books on here.