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The Summer I Learned to Fly

Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

©2011 Dana Reinhardt (P)2011 Listening Library

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"Laced with mystery and fascinating details about Drew's chief interests--rats and cheese--this quiet novel invites readers to share in its heroine's deepest yearnings, changing moods, and difficult realizations. Strong imagery...will stay with readers." ( Publishers Weekly)

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An intricate view into the mind of a 6th gr. girl<br />

Great characters, full twists turns, life lessons, and a young girl romantic crush that is delightful. A substitute father figure that know how to teach faith, self confidence, and and how to take flight.