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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Audrey Couloumbis Narrator: Mischa Barton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780739371916
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Willa Joe is up on the roof at Aunt Patty's house. She went up to see the sunrise, and Little Sister followed her, like she always does. But by
mid-morning, Willa Jo is still up on that roof, and she knows it wasn't just the sunrise that brought her there. Audrey Couloumbis has perfectly
captured the pervasive feelings that can take hold when tragedy strikes–and the slow, subtle revelations that come when one can finally get near to the source. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of Newbery Honor Books, 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2014

    " Great, gulping sobs with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/4/2014

    " Easy read...of course, it is juve. fiction, so that is why! Prose flows so nice that the chapters just fly by. It's about a pre-teen girl and her younger sister (who is temporarily mute) and their move to live with an aunt and uncle after their younger sister's death. Their mother is having a very difficult time coping with her youngest child's death, so aunt and uncle take in the two older girls for a time. Of course, both girls just want to be with their mother and see her happy again. But along the way, they grow stronger and more capable. Don't we all become stronger through the trials of life? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Summer | 1/28/2014

    " Lack of plotting renders this novel a beautifully written so what? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/22/2014

    " This is a lovely novel about the effects on the family of the death of a sibling and how the other siblings cope. They are helped in doing so by moving in with their aunt, who is both the most interesting character and the object of scorn from the eldest sibling. Gentle humor and wise counsel guides the reader and the children in their healing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/14/2014

    " I've read this book several times, but only once since becoming a mother. As well written as this book is, it's difficult to read if you have children. Sometimes without warning I'll remember a certain scene in this book and just crumple with sadness. "

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

    " A very tender story of two sisters trying to cope with the loss of Baby, their young sister. Aunt Patty tries to help by taking the two girls to her home and letting their mother deal with her grief alone. All are just more lonely. But as the girls spend the day on the roof of Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob's house, and Willa Jo tells us her story, true healing takes place and all is right in the end. A very good story. Well deserves the Newbery Honor status. "

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

    " May have read this one before, completely not sure. Loved it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin O. | 1/1/2014

    " I really did not enjoy this book. Too sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 11/19/2013

    " Beautifully written. Wish people talked in my life the way the way they speak in this book. Country poetry. I would never have known about this book - a Newbery Honor book from 2000 - if I hadn't happened to find it on the shelf of the library where I work. Another reason I love my job. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/22/2013

    " This book tugs at the heartstrings, the feelings expressed by the young main character are very real and tender. The reason for the title isn't discovered until the very end of the book, and I caught my breath when I got there...don't skip ahead, it'll ruin it and make the ending less poignant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Kitchen | 9/13/2013

    " This is SO well written. I felt like I knew each of the characters. It felt so honest and true. This made it very hard to read sometimes. I almost started crying at Harvest Thyme while I was eating lunch, but I held it together. Powerful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/3/2013

    " This one was sad, but it explores depression and tragedy in a hopeful way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/29/2013

    " Pretty good, and really sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 5/18/2013

    " Reminiscent of Dicey's Song, in terms of young people dealing with tragedy and being uprooted and somewhat betrayed by their parents, as well as in the narrative voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khinna | 11/27/2012

    " Such a poignant and beautiful story. It's about how two sister cope with the loss of their baby sister, while staying with their aunt, and dealing with the realities of sorrow. I really loved how the conclusion (last chapter of the book) tied into the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/15/2012

    " Cried my eyes out over this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 2/5/2012

    " This was a pretty easy book for me personally, but that's just me. This book was really sad and really made me appreciate my life. If you like sad stories, this is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lissa | 1/10/2012

    " This was a quick and pleasant story that made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/7/2011

    " One of my favorite Newberry reads. It is a beautiful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/13/2011

    " Read this book when I was pretty young. Not sure if I was able to totally appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Hammons | 7/7/2011

    " Great book for middle school girls who are dealing with the loss of a family member that is related to family issues or abuse.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 6/30/2011

    " I've read this book several times, but only once since becoming a mother. As well written as this book is, it's difficult to read if you have children. Sometimes without warning I'll remember a certain scene in this book and just crumple with sadness. "

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

    " Little sister doesn't speak but Her older sister does. They stay at Aunt Patties house for a long time then they go to there mom's house. At the end Baby the newest girl
    in the house which is a newborn. And it is very sad.:(
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/16/2011

    " It's been years since I have read this but I know I really liked it and was quite moved. "

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

    " I devoured this cover to cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 4/15/2011

    " This was a a really great book on how kids cope with death. I thought it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Salina | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book! This story focuses on infant death, family grieving, and describes the unbreakable bond of two siblings. Through the help of family and an understanding of each other, the family is able to recover from their grief and find happiness once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/29/2011

    " This one was sad, but it explores depression and tragedy in a hopeful way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 12/21/2010

    " Perfect little beautiful story about grief and familial love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/26/2010

    " I think this is a well written sweet YA story about death and loss. It had some fun characters and quirkiness about the story that kind of reminded me of a Year Down Yonder. Overall, a cute read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/20/2010

    " Such a sweet book, about love and loss and family, told in a voice that makes it so simple to relate to such complicated matters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khinna | 7/1/2010

    " Such a poignant and beautiful story. It's about how two sister cope with the loss of their baby sister, while staying with their aunt, and dealing with the realities of sorrow. I really loved how the conclusion (last chapter of the book) tied into the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 4/7/2010

    " Reminiscent of Dicey's Song, in terms of young people dealing with tragedy and being uprooted and somewhat betrayed by their parents, as well as in the narrative voice. "

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About the Author

Audrey Couloumbis is the author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winner, Getting Near to Baby.