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Holden Harris is an 18-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal - on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different.

Ella Reynolds is part of the 'in' crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high-school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him... the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery - she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school, including her boyfriend, Jake.

Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.

©2010 Karen Kingsbury (P)2010 Zondervan

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  • Jenifer
  • Federal way, WA, United States
  • 10-21-11

AMAZING!!!!!

My son is autistic, not on the severe side of the spectrum but listening to this story made all the more greatful for that, this story is amazing and shows that if these people were real there are some great people in this world willing to go out of their way for others with disabilities or others who are just "different". LOVE IT!!!!

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Unlocked

I recommend this book to anyone, because it was well written, and will near rated.

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Fabulous Heartwarming Story

Loved this book! Karen Kingsbury does it again! A Wonderful story of reaching into an Autistic young man. Dealing with bullying.
NGO in schooli I i

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  • Dana
  • Orange, Texas, United States
  • 04-07-13

A story of understanding

Would you listen to Unlocked again? Why?

Yes, I would because it held a lot of information and the scenes that were wrote had lots of feelings and things that any human could relate and could identify with on a normal day to day situation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unlocked?

I think the part where he actually performed on stage. It was the moment that the entire book lead up to...

What about Roxanne Hernandez’s performance did you like?

She put lots of feeling into her reading. She created moments where she made her voice and her dynamics fit the exact expressions of what was written. I could actually visualize the countenance on some of the characters faces just by listening and hearing the words and her intonations.

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

No, not really because there were extreme sad moments in my opinion, where I needed to take time and move onto something else in my day. It actually took me a few weeks to finish listening to this book...

Any additional comments?

Overall this was a wonderful book. I really felt like I was in the mind of the autistic boy. I did feel however that the book was never going to come to an end. It seemed like it could have concluded a few chapters earlier then it actually did. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Janet
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 02-24-12

Loved this story

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Holden. He demonstrated the love and faith every Christian wants to posses.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the movements when the family and friends begin o understand the real Holden.

Any additional comments?

Great story about real friendship and faith in God.

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OK, but slow and a bit preachy

I'd actually like to give this two and a half stars. I kind of liked the basic storyline but so much of it consisted of characters praying and 'talking to god' and asking for miracles that it was kind of slow. I'm not against praying/religion/faith at all but it seemed like overkill - probably on every page in the print version. It made the characters seem one-dimensional.

I did like to hear her interpretation of what might be going on inside the mind of an autistic boy, but won't probably listen to another of Kingsbury's book s

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