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Author: Vera B. Williams Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061762406
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A funny book that makes you cry. A sad book that makes you laugh. A book about two sisters and their family that makes you wish you were part of it--and grateful that you are not. In short, this book is one surprise after another. The only thing that is not a surprise is that Vera B. Williams has created a wholly unforgettable, absolutely wonderful portrait of Amber, Essie, and their world. Open the book. You will never be the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In language that is childishly simple and yet vivid with detail, Williams touches on something authentic about the girls and their lives, whether it is the sound of their voices in a quarrel or at play, their delight in a new friend, or the vicissitudes of their family’s financial straits…She graces both girls with resilience and pluck without ever sentimentalizing them or circumstances, and she captures the fear and the loneliness, the burden, of their premature self-reliance without ever losing sight of their still childish capacity for joy and playfulness.”

    New York Times

  • “An affecting portrait of two young sisters in a struggling family…Though the author taps into difficult themes, by relaying the events through the eyes of the two girls, she maintains a ray of hope through the volume.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An engaging, affecting view of the bonds between sisters, this balances reality with hope and love as it shows how small moments tell a big story.”


  • “Williams’ heartwarming story takes readers on the emotional roller-coaster ride that is Amber and Essie’s life…Williams’ spare and touching verses capture every detail with clarity, humor, and heart…A poignant testament to what it means to have a sister.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Provide[s] a portrait of close sisterly relationship that intimately and lovingly draws the reader into the joys and sadness of their lives. A wonderful story, brilliantly told.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book
  • A 2002 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Nominee
  • An Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

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About the Author

Vera B. Williams is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including “More, More, More,” Said the Baby and Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Throughout her life she has also taught art, cooking, writing, and nature study. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Martha Plimpton, in addition to audio narration, is a film, television, and stage actress. Her first major film roles include The River Rat, The Goonies, and The Mosquito Coast. On stage she made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble, during which time she received a National Medal of Arts Award. She won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and has received numerous Tony Award nominations for supporting or featured actress. Her television roles included Grey’s Anatomy and Raising Hope, among others. In narration, she won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Alice McDermott’s After This, which also was a finalist in 2007 for the prestigious Audie Award.