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Read By: Cassandra Morris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200094325

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Longest Chapter Length:

47:01 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05:00 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

22:13 minutes

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Braced comes a story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD.

Clea can’t control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework … but she gets distracted. She knows she can’t just say whatever thought comes into her head … but sometimes she can’t help herself. She know she needs to focus … but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises?

It’s starting to be a problem—not just in school, but when Clea’s playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be.

Clea knows life can’t continue the way it’s been going. She’s just not sure how you can fix a problem that’s all in your head. But to find a way to focus, that’s what she’s going to have to do.

In a starred review, Booklist called Alyson Gerber’s first novel, Braced, “a masterfully constructed and highly empathetic debut about a different kind of acceptance.” With Focused, she explores even further how, when life gives you a challenge, the best way to face it is with an open mind, an open heart, and the open support of the people around you.

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“With a realistically youthful voice, narrator Cassandra Morris convincingly portrays the middle school joys and angst of a twelve-year-old girl…Morris's strong portrayal of Clea will have listeners cheering for her successes.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A story full of charm, compassion, and empathy.”

    — Today
  • “An accurate and compassionate picture of growing up with ADHD is the icing on the cake of this well-told novel.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Author Gerber, who has ADHD herself, is able to compassionately and realistically convey the experience in this sweetly appealing story.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “This book includes middle school family drama, a little romance, and could be used for growth mindset lessons about…learning to become a self-advocate.”

    — School Library Connection (highly recommended)
  • “Gerber handles this very detailed and informative look at a mind under the influence of ADHD with remarkable grace and clarity, highlighting both the difficulties and the lesser-known advantages.”

    — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year
  • A Today Show Pick of Best Kids' Books of 2019
  • A Gold Standard Junior Library Guild Selection

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About Alyson Gerber

Alyson Gerber is the author of Braced and Focused. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in Writing for Children and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. Visit her at and find her everywhere else at @AlysonGerber.

About Cassandra Morris

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine, earning a dozen Earphones Awards and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.