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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Schmidt Narrator: Jesse Berns Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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You're my first boy, Cooper, my first boy, grandfather says just before he dies. All alone in the world, without even a dog, the only thing that keeps Cooper going is running the dairy farm.

Suddenly, black sedans are swarming all around Cooper's small New Hampshire town, driven by mysterious men in dark suits. Cooper's barn is burned to the ground, and his house is broken into and searched during the night. The President of the United States calls on Cooper for a visit, and her opponent wants Cooper to join him on the campaign trail.

This fast-paced political thriller will have the reader turning the pages in anticipation of the next clue.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/30/2014

    " Another winner from Gary Schmidt! This one is a mystery that tugs at your heartstrings. I want my kids to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/13/2014

    " Cooper Jewett is his Grandpa's fist boy. When Grandpa dies, 2 older neighbor's step in to help Cooper run the cow farm. But strange things happen: black sedans appear in his small town. Senator Wickham-a presential candidate asks Cooper to join his campaign,then his farm gets broken into, his people get threatened & hurt. There is big mystery related to who are Cooper's real parents, who is making threats to him. Is he the President's First Boy?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/22/2013

    " I liked this book, it had some of that suspenseful yet warm and intriguing writing that I love from Gary Schmidt. However, it didn't measure up, in my opinion, to Lizzie Bright or The Wednesday Wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 12/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It's a bit of a thriller and mystery. I read it within a day and would love to see what my 6th grade students think of it. Definitely 6th and 7th grade appropriate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/6/2013

    " Quick read. I love this author and how he portrays teenage boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2013

    " Kept the kids distracted on a long drive. Not as good as Wednesday Wars, but a good clean kids read that kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Char | 9/27/2013

    " again, his writing is SONGlike--fun plot and characters, and I love how they grow warmer and closer as trouble advances. A great discovery of love and things of real importance. I LOVE this author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/17/2013

    " This book is by a michigan author so I favor him anyway, but all his books are good. This one was about a new hampshire farm boy who gets caught up in dirty politics through no fault of his own. Not his best book but definitely worth a read. BAut I prefer Lizzie Bright or the wednesday wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 8/23/2013

    " Not my favorite of Schmidt's books. Read "The Wednesday Wars" or "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2013

    " Another kid's book I listened to - good, but nothing I was really excited about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C3.C3 | 3/9/2012

    " wow why would they ant to kill him.. all he is doing is living life.. and he is just minding is business. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max | 12/23/2011

    " An o.k. book. The author dragged the story on way too long. I already knew what the outcome was going to be. Just read the title!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Milano | 9/5/2011

    " Now I'm back on the Gary Schmidt bandwagon - this is a very sweet story of a boy who has to make hard choices, even when the adults around him are not. I love his dedication to his grandparents and farm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauralee | 8/21/2011

    " the plot is a little farfetched. But, the writing style and characterization is good. All, in all, a good YA book for the 10-14 age group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/6/2011

    " Learning about the past of his parents while dealing with a bad sheriff isn't that easy for Cooper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 3/29/2011

    " I think the author could have done a little more to build up the suspense, although (spoiler alert) I like how he left the question of whether Cooper is, or is not, the president's son ambiguous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/10/2011

    " Outstanding book. Very engaging. Could hardly put it down. Great book for a 5th or 6th grader. A young boy growing up on his grandparents farm loses both grandparents. He insists on maintaining the farm even at his age even through some very devastating circumstance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/4/2011

    " Good. Not great. Not one of Schmidt's best, but still better than most of the other stuff for middle-schoolers out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/1/2011

    " Story a bit far-fetched but I love his writing! He makes his characters seem so real and describes feelings and relationships so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Char | 12/4/2010

    " again, his writing is SONGlike--fun plot and characters, and I love how they grow warmer and closer as trouble advances. A great discovery of love and things of real importance. I LOVE this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/29/2010

    " What a delightful tale that interweaves the joys of a small, rural community with the lure of the "lights of the big city" with a big mystery & thugs.

    Very much enjoyed & will definitely start talking it up to all my students! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/10/2010

    " This book is by a michigan author so I favor him anyway, but all his books are good. This one was about a new hampshire farm boy who gets caught up in dirty politics through no fault of his own. Not his best book but definitely worth a read. BAut I prefer Lizzie Bright or the wednesday wars. "

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