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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Fleischman Narrator: Paul Michael, Susan Denaker, Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780307243294
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Paul Fleischman spins three engrossing stories about the unexpected ways an artist's creations reveal truths - tales whose intriguing plots and many moods will entertain readers and inspire future writers.

Can wood, copper, or marble communicate? They can if they are the graven images in Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman's trio of eerie, beguiling short stories. If you whisper a secret into a wooden statue's ear, will anyone find out? Can a wobbly weathervane bearing the image of Saint Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, steer a love-struck apprentice toward the girl of his dreams? And if a ghost hires a sculptor to carve a likeness of him holding a drink to a baby's lips, what ghastly crime might lie behind his request? And, in a brand-new afterword, the acclaimed storyteller reveals how he found his own author's voice. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent fare.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Fleischman brings together compelling tales of human foibles with such charm that readers may serendipitously find themselves in the midst of learning profound lessons.”

    Children’s Literature

  • A Newbery Honor Book in 1983

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 1/4/2014

    " I like the common theme in the three stories, but they were a bit underdeveloped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 12/8/2013

    " After reading the Borning Room I became a diehard Fleischman fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marya | 12/5/2013

    " Good, solid storytelling, but the illustrations aren't that great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kesha | 9/21/2013

    " Wonderful tales of the dangers of worshipping idols. The stories have a wondrous progression, yet I found the Binnacle Boy to be stupendously crafted with a clever plot, that's how the book opens up. The overall content seems mature for any grade younger than the sixth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 7/10/2013

    " Three short stories all with a statue of some sort at their center. I thought they were very creative and we all listened on a trip with rapt attention wondering how each story would end. I also enjoyed the author's note at the end. Short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 7/10/2013

    " "Lightning twitched like a dreaming dog's legs." I enjoyed this book for children because of wonderful sentences like that. These three stories came out in '82 but they read like Washington Irving or Hawthorne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Miller | 4/1/2013

    " Three completely different tales, showing Fleischman's range. The first is a mystery that leaves chills at the end. The middle story is a pleasant comedy. And the third is a ghost story that can raise some interesting discussion questions, if one cares to go there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/25/2013

    " Awesome! Short stories for kids. And creepy ones, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 1/26/2013

    " An intriguing compilation of 3 short stories out of which I preferred the third to be best. I wished that the author's afterword would have been a preface since after hearing his inspirations and history behind the stories, I more appreciated each of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/9/2012

    " Solidly creepy stories that don't insult the intelligence of their readers. The middle story is the weakest--and the only one with a happy ending. I liked the common image of an inanimate object that the living imbue with power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/6/2011

    " great book, three short stories written for jr. high and up. these would not be out of place in the new yorker "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/14/2011

    " A decent collection of stories that I'm sad to say will probably be overlooked by many due to a horrendous cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/5/2011

    " Three short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna Call | 7/16/2011

    " 3 non-related short stories about ominous and mysterious images, each a little unsettling in its own way. I like the 1st story, The Binnacle Boy, the best because I felt it was the best developed and creepiest of the 3 stories. I wish the story would have been a longer stand-alone novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 9/7/2010

    " An intriguing compilation of 3 short stories out of which I preferred the third to be best. I wished that the author's afterword would have been a preface since after hearing his inspirations and history behind the stories, I more appreciated each of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 9/3/2010

    " 3 non-related short stories about ominous and mysterious images, each a little unsettling in its own way. I like the 1st story, The Binnacle Boy, the best because I felt it was the best developed and creepiest of the 3 stories. I wish the story would have been a longer stand-alone novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms. LaPorte | 7/31/2010

    " Newbery Honor

    Din:
    "A loaf of bread!" the sculptor called out, above the din of the other customers. (page 95)
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurist | 7/11/2010

    " Three short stories all with a statue of some sort at their center. I thought they were very creative and we all listened on a trip with rapt attention wondering how each story would end. I also enjoyed the author's note at the end. Short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 4/9/2009

    " great book, three short stories written for jr. high and up. these would not be out of place in the new yorker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 12/14/2008

    " "Lightning twitched like a dreaming dog's legs." I enjoyed this book for children because of wonderful sentences like that. These three stories came out in '82 but they read like Washington Irving or Hawthorne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marya | 3/8/2008

    " Good, solid storytelling, but the illustrations aren't that great. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman has written more than twenty-five books for children and young adults. He received a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. His novel Whirligig was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist. His Breakout was a finalist for the National Book Award.

About the Narrators

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.