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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Moira Kelly Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780060887469
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"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.

Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.

Renowned author Katherine Paterson here chooses a little-known area off the Maryland shore as her setting for a fresh telling of the ancient story of an elder twin's lost birthright.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel of special brilliance.” 

    New York Times

  • “Paterson offers no cheap sentiment or glib solutions. She’s brilliant at evoking both the idealism and the ignorant prejudices of childhood, the romantic stirrings of adolescence, and the oblique, offhand way kids express their deepest feelings. Her characters warm us with their humor and courage; her plots, plunging vigorously through the thickets of adversity, are, in the end, bracingly hopeful.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Simply irresistible.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kali | 2/14/2014

    " This book was slow going for me, but was good enough that it kept me interested. I liked the ending and can easily apply the moral of the story to my own life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gnomerockyahoo.com | 2/9/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books growing up and it still is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina | 2/7/2014

    " An all-time favorite. I wonder if they still read this in classrooms? They should. "

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

    " I vaguely remember reading this in 5th grade. I had forgotten many details. Wheeze is kind of annoying. She had so many unexpressed feelings building up inside of her, it was frustrating for me as a reader too. It did end ok. 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/3/2014

    " I forgot to write a review of this book when I finished it a few weeks ago so it isn't fresh on my mind. I did like it but I don't really remember specifics (I've read at least 2-3 books since then...). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 1/30/2014

    " More mature topics than I remembered. Still an excellent book. Fun to reread my old favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Mechling | 1/17/2014

    " I thought that I had once read this book but I didn't remember anything about it so I decided to read it again. While I was reading it I just thought it was ok but once I finished it and thought about the book as a whole I really enjoyed the message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyne | 1/10/2014

    " I was at camp and someone gave me this book as 'secret gift' thing. I loved it and that person was someone I have known since I was four. She told me last year it was her that gave it to me...we are in our thirties now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/2/2014

    " I loved this Newbery Award Winner as a child, but didn't have quite the same feelings rereading it as an adult. I rediscovered this title in a book I read about a month ago called "Shelf Discovery". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 12/26/2013

    " A great book about family, roots, and learning to be free while embracing them. Katharine and Caroline--twins, little islands, Call and the Captain, etc.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne Suki | 12/10/2013

    " Such a beautiful book about the "second best" child who finds a niche in the word just for her. I actually found myself crying at the end happy that she found her own peace and hoping that i would be able to find my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 11/23/2013

    " FINALLY! A book that has some depth and meaning to it. Had me thinking about it for a long time afterwards. This would be a great Book Club book. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Me, My Shelf and I | 11/14/2013

    " Read as a child and enjoyed it!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vera | 11/8/2013

    " What a depressing book! I read this years ago and I can still remember the sour aftertaste! Ugh. Don't do this to yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 9/29/2013

    " Favorite book from my childhood. Don't pyscho-analyze it. It is what it is. I've probably read it at least 12 times (but I read 10 hours a day as a kid, so take that for what it's worth). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Librarian | 9/10/2013

    " I remember picking up this book from my middle school library, thinking it would be a romance. There's a dude's name in the title, right? Plus the word "loved." Little did I know it was this strange 1940s fisherman deal. I liked it, but it threw me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/16/2013

    " I don't know how I missed reading this one but I'm so glad I did. Meggan was right - being a mother added a whole additional dimension to the last chapter. That it's set in Maryland, on the Bay, made it even cooler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/16/2013

    " Not one of my favorites - hard to get into "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsea | 1/14/2013

    " Honestly the main character needed to buck up and make things happen in her life. She pretty much just sat in the backseat, no wait she was in the trunk letting it drive away without looking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/17/2012

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 10/25/2012

    " I read this as a tween and remember liking it quite a bit. My mom made encouraged me to read all the Newberry winners and this was one of them. This story is about twin daughters and is named for the Jacob and Esau brothers in the Bible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Windy | 8/19/2012

    " did not like this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhi | 3/19/2012

    " All I really remember about this book is the title and the rest of the line it came from - a phrase which has stuck with me and seems to come up in my mind fairly often. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 3/2/2012

    " if I could vote zero, I would. This book was very bland, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie C. | 2/29/2012

    " This was a re-read for me, and I still didn't love it. "

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

    " A book that was extremely written well, but very hard to read, purely based on the subject matter. Classic Jacob and Esau, Sister//sister tension and parental favoritism, which makes this book hard to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshlyn | 5/17/2011

    " Very different from the title. I've always stayed away from this book thinking it was some sort of teenage love/angst book. The title, in actuality, refers to a scripture. The books is about twins who have Jacob and Esau relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smiley Kylie | 4/22/2011

    " This book wasn't what I expected. It had a great story and it was easy to read. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 4/11/2011

    " a great young adult coming of age story.

    a book i'd want all my girls to read at around 13/14. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piper | 3/29/2011

    " Although I first read this book as a child. I reread it at least once a year. It continues to speak to me 20 years later with all of it's beauty. I have yet to read a Paterson book I don't like, but this is one that I LOVE! "

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