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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Wiles Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780307282316
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Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger knows a thing or two about death. Her family owns the town funeral home and she has attended 247 funerals. She can tell you which casseroles are worth tasting, whom to sit next to, and whom to avoid at all costs. Number one on that avoid list is Comfort’s sniveling, whining, unpredictable cousin Peach, who ruins every family occasion.
 
So when Great-great-aunt Florentine drops dead—just like that—Comfort expects a family gathering to remember. What she doesn’t count is: One, she has to watch over Peach after the funeral. And two, her best friend, Declaration, has suddenly turned downright mean. Now, even if it means missing the most important funeral of her life, all Comfort really wants to do is sit in her closet with her dog, Dismay, and hide. But life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A memorable tribute to the joys of living.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Wiles succeeds wonderfully in capturing ‘the messy glory’ of grief and life.”

    Booklist

  • “As she faces the changes that life throws her way, Comfort grabs onto the reader’s heart and refuses to let it go.”

    BookPage

  • A 2005 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/19/2014

    " Picked this up randomly at the library - it would be a great book to read out loud to your kids if you can get through it without being too choked up. I probably couldn't. The names of the characters kind of bothered me because I kept thinking they should somehow be symbolic but couldn't quite figure out how. Kind of gave me a headache. And I hate how things ended with Declaration - it seemed kind of truncated. But I'm glad I read it. I'd assign it maybe to kids in 4-6th grade maybe? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/7/2014

    " this book was sad :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Staheli | 2/7/2014

    " Comfort Snowberger's family owns and runs the town funeral home, and Comfort has an easy attitude towards death, until first her great-uncle Edisto, then her great-great-aunt Florentine, then her beloved dog Dismay all die. She must re-examine her feelings, not only about death, but also about her cousin Peach who is a thorn in her side, and about being thankful for what you have, while you have it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/4/2014

    " I thought it was a pretty good book, but it was sort of sad. I liked the fact that it had a lot of interesting characters. Peach was my favorite because he's kind of funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheralyn | 2/2/2014

    " I can not say enough wonderful things about this book. It was absolutely beautiful. I cried, laughed and felt like a child again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andréa | 1/27/2014

    " I'm not going toblie; this one made me cry. More than a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raneem | 1/20/2014

    " this book has a lot of good things in it!! it really makes you understand things better!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/18/2014

    " Wonderful story that kept me listening even after I thought the worst had happened because the protagonist, Comfort, had such STRONG hope it hadn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/14/2014

    " This is in my top 5 favorite books!!! It was very sad, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 1/11/2014

    " Beautiful story both heart-breaking and heart-warming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minnie | 1/10/2014

    " WOW! this book broke my heart, I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/19/2013

    " I own this book. I'd love for pages 47-53 to be read at my funeral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 11/27/2013

    " Quirky characters in a southern melieu with names like Comfort, and Peach find hope and forgiveness during funerals and floods. Funny, heartfelt and finally hopeful. Middle Grades "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Dror | 10/21/2013

    " i love the authors humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 10/16/2013

    " Very good, but very sad. 5 stars! =D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maeve | 10/14/2013

    " it was all about dying.............. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/2/2013

    " I want to visit the Snowbergers. I wept through the last four chapters. Powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/13/2013

    " Jennifer was right, have some tissues ready for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 6/29/2013

    " I read this book to get an idea if it would be a good book to read to my students. Quirky characters but a good moral to the story. I'd recommend it to young readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Mc | 12/20/2012

    " A nice little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Baker | 11/23/2012

    " Wow, it's been a long time since I have read a book and really loved it as much as this one. I never read books twice but this one I will read again for the use of language and the sweet characters and story line. LOVED IT! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Erwin | 10/19/2012

    " For younger readers. Handles the subject of death quite well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 10/8/2012

    " To sad for me to finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gladys Landing-Corretjer | 12/14/2011

    " I find the book full of explicit emotions. I am not sure how children will react to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 12/10/2011

    " Books never make me cry, but when I read the part where Dismay, her dog, dies, I almost did. It's very sad but my favorite book that I've read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 9/9/2011

    " It was a very nice story, though sad when the dog disappeared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jena Gardner | 8/25/2011

    " What a fantastic book. I love Comfort, Dismay, and even Peach, loathsome Peach. The characters are fantastic and the story so sweet and sad and real. This is one of those books that I wish I could write...so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayessa | 5/20/2011

    " The ending is so sad. I hate Declaration, and Comfort doesn't deserve her as a bestfriend. It's great that she had despised Declaration in the end and came to like Peach. It's a switch.

    Truly sad that Dismay is gone. It's just sad. This is the book that made me so sad, I almost cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/18/2011

    " Talk about don't judge a book by it's cover. That is exactly what I did. But it turned out that it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 5/17/2011

    " The reason I gave it a 4 is because Comfort was so mean to Peach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/9/2011

    " This is one of the most perfect children's books written. Period. Loved it, read it again, loved it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena | 5/4/2011

    " The setting of this book was very well-done. It got the southern feel, especially in the characters of the great aunts/uncles, etc. The plot left a little to be desired in my opinion, but the characters were well done, as well as the atmosphere of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 4/25/2011

    " A good book about a girl that lives in a funeral home and her experiences when her own family members die. I enjoyed reading it and it made me cry. It was a great lesson in overcoming our weaknesses through our trials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tay | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing!!!!!!!! READ THIS BOOK SO GOOD!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vera ? | 2/23/2011

    " I had to read this for school and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 2/10/2011

    " Good book if you kinda wanna know how a funeral home works but over all it was a good book but if you dont like books about death i wouldn't recremend this book for you.. "

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About the Author
Author Deborah WilesDeborah Wiles is the author of the picture book FREEDOM SUMMER and three novels: LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER; THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS; and EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS, a National Book Award finalist. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science fiction narration.