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Author: Justin Sayre Narrator: Justin Sayre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780147519252
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"[G]enuinely funny, heart-wrenching . . ." - Kirkus Reviews
"[A] moving journey of self-discovery and a gratifying coming-of-age story." - Publishers Weekly
"Husky . . . is a superb addition to the middle grade literary canon." - VOYA Reviews
"There is not a false note in the writing . . ." - Lambda Literary

A beautifully voiced debut captures an intimate story of change and acceptance.

Twelve-year-old Davis lives in an old brownstone with his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. He loves people-watching in Prospect Park, visiting his mom in the bakery she owns, and listening to the biggest operas he can find as he walks everywhere.

But Davis is having a difficult summer. As questions of sexuality begin to enter his mind, he worries people don’t see him as anything other than “husky.” To make matters worse, his best girlfriends are starting to hang out with mean girls and popular boys. Davis is equally concerned about the distance forming between him and his single mother as she begins dating again, and about his changing relationship with his amusingly loud Irish grandmother, Nanny.

Ultimately, Davis learns to see himself outside of his one defining adjective. He’s a kid with unique interests, admirable qualities, and people who will love him no matter what changes life brings about. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The author narrates this story with the assurance of someone who has traveled a similar path. As he voices each character, the listener gets an authentic feel for Davis’ world. The loud brogue of Davis’ Irish grandmother, the condescending voice of preteen Allegra, the friendly joshing of Paolo are especially effective in making the story seem real. Sayre balances the humor and pathos of the preteen psyche as Davis searches for self-acceptance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Brooklyn with its diverse population is an evocative backdrop for Davis’ soul-searching. Readers who press through the slow start will be rewarded by genuinely funny observations, heart-wrenching social anguish, and the pull of wanting to belong. This is not at its heart a book about sexuality but about humanity. And while ultimately Davis is given his word, by then he realizes that he is defined by so much more. Humorous and heartfelt.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Aaddresses adolescence with tenderness and humor…Middle graders will be able to identify with the drama between Davis and his friends as their friendships grow and change, as well as the tension that arises when Davis tries to assert some independence from his grandmother.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Upsetting revelations and surprising acts of kindness awaken Davis to the abundant unconditional love in his life…It’s a moving journey of self-discovery and a gratifying coming-of-age story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This novel is at once hilarious, poignant, and very relatable. Sayre expertly portrays the struggles, confusions, fears, frustrations, curiosities, hopes, and joys of growing up as Davis grapples with body image, finding his true self, complicated family dynamics, and the natural ebbs and flows of friendship…Written in simple, yet compelling, prose.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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