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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (711 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosanne Parry Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Brother's dad is shipped off to Iraq, along with the rest of his reserve unit, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He’s determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father’s safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2008:
    “This first novel is an unassuming, transcendent joy.”
  • Starred Review, Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2009:
    "Brother's honest voice conveys an emotional terrain as thoughtfully developed as Parry's evocation of the Western landscape."
  • Isn’t it wonderful that there are books like this—about good people, about striving, and about doing the right thing! Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time recipient of the Newbery Honor
  • A true evocation of modern ranch life, a life rooted in community and love, a life seldom written about with such grace and authenticity. Molly Gloss, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin Sterling | 2/19/2014

    " Brother lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranching farm in Eastern Oregon, the youngest of 5 boys who are all off at the high school boarding school or army training. He's not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, since ranching and army (which is what all the men in the family have done so far) are not really his thing. When his dad gets sent out of the reserve army to Iraq, Brother is left to take care of the ranch with his grandparents. This book is contemplative and slow-moving at times, but this first-time author does a great job at dealing with war and love and death in a particular area of the United States that is not often written about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Patton | 2/10/2014

    " I read this out loud to my sons and all three of us loved it. Story of a boy who lives on a ranch in Idaho with his grandparents. His mom is an artist in Europe and left when he was small. His father is being sent to Iraq to command troops in the war. His older brothers are away at school, so he, Grandpa and Grandma are left to keep up with the animals and jobs on the ranch. He is determined to prove that he can fill in for his father's absence and struggles with being the little brother when he talks to or sees his older brothers. When tragedy strikes, he must step up and prove what kind of person he truly is. A book anyone will love, but one that will especially appeal to boys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/1/2014

    " This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, and one boards at a private high school fifty miles away. Brother promises his father to help his grandparents maintain the family ranch while his father and older brothers are away. The book teaches important lessons about the relationship between familial and societal responsibility, which sometimes conflict, and the role that religion can play in grounding us during emotionally turbulent times. One of the most powerful scenes in the book occurs when two of Brother's friends receive news about the fate of their parents, who also are stationed in Iraq. I hope that this book finds the appreciative audience it deserves. Best for grades 6-8. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kendra | 2/1/2014

    " A wonderful, heart warming story perfect for middle grade boys who may be reluctant readers. Read this with tissues nearby. "

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