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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Downing Hahn Narrator: Julie Dretzin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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All 15-year-old Kelly McAllister wants to do after high school graduation is attend art school. Academic work isn't important to her. When she studies at the library with her friends, she sometimes talks so much the librarian kicks her out.

After her teacher pressures her to start working on her current events paper, Kelly decides she has to take the assignment seriously. The only trouble is she can't think of a topic - until she discovers Mr. Weems, a homeless Vietnam vet who spends his days in the library. But writing about his plight isn't so easy. First, she must get to know him.

Mary Downing Hahn creates a stirring portrait of a teenager discovering that complex problems require more than simple solutions. Narrator Julie Dretzin fully captures all the joy and despair swirling through this thought-provoking young adult novel. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " Pretty dated. You can tell it was written in '88. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirwin Irwin | 12/28/2013

    " excellant book about respecting the homeless and the elderly...real tear jerker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading "December Stillness". Both heartbreaking and tender, it will touch hearts and serve as a sober reminder of how the past can affect the present. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/1/2013

    " Girl interested in Vietnam Veteran bum. Okay, kind of redundant, teenage style. Good ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin mcmahon | 7/17/2013

    " very good i learned alot from this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria Azoca | 6/21/2013

    " How do you read this book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bharathi | 4/19/2013

    " im currently reading this book..........n it stinks!!!!!!!!! we have to read it 4 class.....and so far, im not getting anythin good from it........i highly dont recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shona | 3/15/2013

    " This book was short, but effective. Something that took a while to sink in. The progression of a family toward a new start after the Vietnam War "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Rogers | 10/12/2012

    " This book related to me of how I am a teenager and made me realize the veterans out there in the world . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 6/12/2012

    " Ahhhh, blissful 80s nostalgia. *wraps self up in time capsule cocoon* When being "current & relevant" meant addressing Vietnam war vets and/or their untreated PTSD. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 6/8/2012

    " the only young adult fiction book i've come across that addresses the vietnam war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki Boisture | 4/1/2012

    " Sorry MDH. I loved this book as a kid, but as a grownup I found it preachy and mostly intolerable. The two stars are only for the portions of the book dealing with Kelly feeling distance from her friends. The part with the Vietnam Vets? Handled with no subtlety at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 8/3/2011

    " very dramatic, or was it? I can't remember "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniella | 5/30/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It is an easy read and it is a beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading "December Stillness". Both heartbreaking and tender, it will touch hearts and serve as a sober reminder of how the past can affect the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kacy | 12/25/2010

    " READ W/ MY IRLA CLASS
    really good, lots of literary devices "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shona | 9/30/2010

    " This book was short, but effective. Something that took a while to sink in. The progression of a family toward a new start after the Vietnam War "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 5/13/2010

    " Sorry MDH. I loved this book as a kid, but as a grownup I found it preachy and mostly intolerable. The two stars are only for the portions of the book dealing with Kelly feeling distance from her friends. The part with the Vietnam Vets? Handled with no subtlety at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniella | 1/11/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It is an easy read and it is a beautiful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/28/2009

    " Pretty dated. You can tell it was written in '88. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/16/2008

    " very good i learned alot from this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/11/2008

    " Girl interested in Vietnam Veteran bum. Okay, kind of redundant, teenage style. Good ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/5/2008

    " very dramatic, or was it? I can't remember "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirwin | 7/4/2008

    " excellant book about respecting the homeless and the elderly...real tear jerker "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 4/4/2008

    " the only young adult fiction book i've come across that addresses the vietnam war. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bharathi | 2/7/2008

    " im currently reading this book..........n it stinks!!!!!!!!! we have to read it 4 class.....and so far, im not getting anythin good from it........i highly dont recommend it! "

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About the Author
Author Mary Downing HahnMary Downing Hahn has written about fictional ghosts in acclaimed books such as The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, The Old Willis Place, and Wait Till Helen Comes. Now, in this compelling young adult novel inspired by a true crime, she writes of real-life ghosts who have haunted her for most of her life. Ms. Hahn is the recipient of more than fifty child-voted state awards for her books. She received the Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery from the Mystery Writers of America for Closed for the Season. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.
About the Narrator

Julie Dretzin is an actress, who has appeared in Breaking Bad and several motion pictures, including the film adaptation of Alex Flinn’s Beastly.