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Author: Suzanne LaFleur Narrator: Christy Carlson Romano Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780735286641
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Set in a world like Bletchley Park—home to England’s code-breaking initiative during World War II—Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war. Imagine The Imitation Game with children in the Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley roles, as written by an acclaimed author.

At twelve, Mathilde Joss is the oldest child in a loving family. Her country has been at war for years, and bombing and food shortages continue to increase. When the army announces that children over twelve can take a test to be chosen to serve their country, and that the relatives of children who serve will be well paid, Mathilde decides to take the test to help her family, even though she knows that it is her brilliant best friend Megs who will be selected.

What follows is a gripping and suspenseful reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot. It is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.

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Quotes & Awards

  • LaFleur (Listening for Lucca) creates a warm boarding-school setting peopled with kind adults and children alike. Readers will be drawn in by the underlying belief that kids’ work is important and powerful, and eager for the promised sequel. Publishers Weekly starred review 
  • Writing in the first person, LaFleur crafts a protagonist who is compassionate and resourceful, in a war-ravaged world in which children are, by turns, exploited and empowered. The tension is high and danger ever present. School Library Journal starred review
  • Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List
  • Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears and confusion about the nature of war and a world turned upside down, while somehow still managing to believe something better is possible. Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. Kirkus Reviews starred review

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About the Author

Suzanne LaFleur grew up in the suburbs of Boston. She received her BA in English and European history from Washington and Lee and her MFA in writing for children from The New School. She now splits her time between Natick, Massachusetts and New York City.

About the Narrator

Christy Carlson Romano is the voice of Kim on Kim Possible, and starred as Belle in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast. Romano has starred in two Emmy-nominated television series. She has studied ballet at the School of American Ballet and is a graduate of The Professional Children’s School, both in New York City. Christy Carlson Romano is from Milford, Connecticut. She currently resides in California.