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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Schmidt Narrator: Khris Lewin Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Two-time Newbery Medal winner Gary Schmidt talks about the frequently comic mishaps and adventures of a 12-year-old Long Island boy in the Vietnam era. Actor Khris Lewin performs an excerpt from the book. Co-presented with Bank Street Bookstore.

Thalia Kids' Book Club events are lively talks between children's book authors and their fans (ages 9-12), plus one event for teens. Each event includes a creative writing project, a free-wheeling discussion with the audience, and a book signing. Sometimes an actor stops by to read from the book. Co-presented with Bank Street Bookstore. 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 MeLynn | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. The beginning was kind of slow to me but right about page 60 it started picking up and then I was totally sucked in. This is young adult fiction but can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well. It's the story of a teenage boy whose English teacher has him read Shakespeare on Wednesday afternoons and all the things he learns through the course of one school year. I loved how he weaved history of civil rights, politics, Vietnam war, etc. into the story. The characters are wonderful and you find yourself rooting for them. Very well written. I'm excited to start the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/11/2014

    " Great book. It reminded me of the show "The Wonder Years" only better. Really funny narration with some surprisingly poignant moments as well all from the perspective of a seventh grade boy. Great audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 2/4/2014

    " This is a TERRIFIC book. And I am so pleased that I chose it right as school was starting (and it took me much longer than usual because I lost all my reading for pleasure time) because it is inspiring. What we teachers can do! Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Meinders | 2/3/2014

    " Terrific young adult novel about a boy living in the turbulent 1960s. I laughed - I cried! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Sider | 1/25/2014

    " This was a very good book. Very descriptive and a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Pickle | 1/17/2014

    " Not quite as good as Okay for Now, but a really great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ina | 1/12/2014

    " Listened to the audio. Very entertaining and a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Wiggins | 1/11/2014

    " I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, but then thinking back to how much fun I had reading it, it's a 5-star for sure. It's got Shakespeare, baseball, middle school, world events, and a bully. Pretty great stuff. There were parts so good my jaw dropped. On some levels, I wish I could give it more than 5 stars - but the reason I was thinking 4 isn't the writing at all - but that the good parts were almost too good. The resolutions were fun to read, but really too great at times. But, maybe that's what a book is for. I couldn't put it down, it's written beautifully, and I don't know how an author gives you information (the reader) while not giving it all away to the main character - it's really amazing. This book was a great experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/9/2014

    " Don't let the "young adult fiction" fool you. Gary D. Schmidt writes delightful books, great summer reads for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/22/2013

    " I thought this book was very good,My favorite part is when he had to get all the cream puffs for all the kids in his class, because his class mate thought that his teacher Mrs. Baker gave him one which she did.I also injoyed the part when he had to go get his sister because she desided to run away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 12/21/2013

    " Fabulous characters, and a great mixture of serious and funny situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia N' | 11/18/2013

    " A well written book from the view of a middle school boy during an interesting time period of the 1960's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily A. | 10/9/2013

    " This is a great book! So clever, and it has great imagination! I would be thrilled if there was a sequel.Gary D Schmight ties in great realistic fiction, with the smallest bit of well...... Shakespere. Great book. Definately recogmend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Ford | 5/4/2013

    " I laughed out loud with this book, and there were other parts that were very poignant. This is a enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi Duer | 4/1/2013

    " I like how this book dealt with the conflict of a parents expectations for their children and a teenagers longing to find themselves and being their own person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libraryangel | 2/27/2013

    " This is an amazing book. Do something good for yourself today and read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coral | 8/6/2012

    " 4.5 stars. I loved this book. Such sweet story, and laugh out loud funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Burnstedt | 10/10/2011

    " This book is very realistic. Cream Puffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 5/22/2011

    " Funny! Amazingly funny! Laugh till you cry funny! There is seriousness also, but what I will remember is the humor. This book has also impelled me read Shakespeare. I haven't done that since high school, and I'm not telling anyone how long ago that was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 5/21/2011

    " I loved this. I downloaded the audio file from my library for something to listen to while I fed my daughter at night. I didn't know a thing about it before hand. It was simply available and would download straight to my iTouch. As I listened to it, though, I fell in love. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 5/20/2011

    " A really good recorded book. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/19/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic book which I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/19/2011

    " A great book even though it takes place in the 1960's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 5/12/2011

    " LOVED this book!! It was short, a good read, and the relationships in the book were personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smilies | 5/12/2011

    " It's a pretty elementary book but it was really fun to read anyways. The characters are pretty realistic and there were a couple cute momenents. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinit | 5/7/2011

    " Amazingly written in the sense of the Cold War and how daily life was especially in the case of Holling Hoodhood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainomaija | 5/5/2011

    " I wasn't really excited to read about a seventh grade boy and his obnoxious teacher, but the more I read, the more deeper themes started to appear and I ended up liking the book. It had lots of funny incidents, but also a lot that made you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 5/5/2011

    " Loved this book. Entertaining, heartwarming, humorous. "

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