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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mikaelsen Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781440768699
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Fourteen-year-olds Elliot and Vincent live worlds apart, but both dream of a better life. Learning to run the Montana ranch that he will some day inherit, Elliot dreams of being an astronaut. In Africa, Vincent must deny his thirst for knowledge of the world beyond his village in order to become a Masai warrior. Forced to quit school, his only link to the outside world is a short wave radio. The boys find each other when NASA chooses Elliot to be its first Junior Astronaut. As Elliot hurtles through space over Africa, Vincent picks him up on the short wave radio. At first their communications, monitored by the news media, are fraught with misunderstanding. But as they learn about each other's culture, their friendship captures the world's attention and promises hope for the future. George Guidall's narrative expertise instantly gets listeners involved in this fast-paced coming-of-age tale. They are sure to absorb its inspiring message about the value of communication among cultures. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 4/8/2013

    " I read this book to help Jason with his summer reading packet for 7th grade. It's a good story, though I don't think Jason allowed himself to enjoy it, because it was for a school assignment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carli | 8/23/2012

    " we had 2 read it for literature in 6th grade (easy read 4 sixth graders!) and my friends and i all thought it was going 2 b stupid but we ended up liking it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 8/20/2012

    " Nice little book about cultural differences. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 8/10/2012

    " Talk about mixing cultures! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 4/17/2012

    " I like this author a lot for children's novels. His writing is captivating and he tackles important issues. This wasn't one of my favorites from him. My son might like it when he gets older if he still aspires to become an astronaut when he grows up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/19/2011

    " This is an excellent read for middle schooler's and I highly recommend it. What a great book in showing how completely different kids (culturally) can reach out and get past the differences. Because really, when it comes down to it, they are just two kids growing up. Really enjoyed this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Schoolnerd=) | 4/24/2011

    " It was merely ok. Not one of my favorites but deffinitly an amazing mesh of two different cultures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 2/14/2011

    " Nice little book about cultural differences. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carli | 8/14/2009

    " we had 2 read it for literature in 6th grade (easy read 4 sixth graders!) and my friends and i all thought it was going 2 b stupid but we ended up liking it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 8/17/2008

    " I read this book to help Jason with his summer reading packet for 7th grade. It's a good story, though I don't think Jason allowed himself to enjoy it, because it was for a school assignment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 3/8/2008

    " I like this author a lot for children's novels. His writing is captivating and he tackles important issues. This wasn't one of my favorites from him. My son might like it when he gets older if he still aspires to become an astronaut when he grows up. "

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About the Author
Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader’s choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben’s articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy. You can visit Ben and Buffy online at www.benmikaelsen.com.
About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.