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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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