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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Weeks Narrator: Stephen Spinella Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780061190629
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Jamie Reardon has always heard that bad things come in threes. So after his cat, Mister, dies, his father leaves, and his aunt Sapphy has an accident that causes her memory to develop a skip, Jamie hopes his life will go back to being as normal as cornflakes. But unfortunately there's one more bad thing in store for Jamie -- something he'd give anything to be able to forget -- and this one leaves him feeling like a stranger to himself. Jamie tries in vain to find the magic trigger that will help Sapphy's memory jump the scratch, like the needle on her favorite Frank Sinatra record, but in the end it's Aunt Sapphy who, along with a curious girl named Audrey Krouch, helps Jamie unravel the mysteries of memory and jump the scratch in his own life.

Sarah Weeks's poignant characters and powerful prose come together in a story that is both heart wrenching and inspiring -- another gem from the award-winning author of So B. It.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spinella’s insightful performance brings notes of pre-teen innocence and angst to his characterization of Jamie, and is sure to connect with young listeners.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The characters are well drawn; readers will care about them and applaud their well-deserved triumphs.” 

    Booklist

  • “As Spinella vocalizes Aunt Sapphy’s warm, confused tone, his ability to draw in the reader shines, especially when Jamie becomes more confident in his belief that he might be able to heal his caring aunt.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A powerful story of a child’s pain.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlou Lunsford | 2/20/2014

    " Nicely written but too predictable story. Falls into the not-really-sure-who-I-would-ever-recommend-it-to category. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/20/2014

    " SO B. IT was great... but this one was just OK. I didn't find anything particularly wonderudl about it, it was just a nice short, never to be read again novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 2/18/2014

    " Beautiful but painful. I loved So B. It so I knew I would probably love this book too. HOWEVER: As an adult, it's very hard to read. I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to in terms of my children patrons. It's got child sexual abuse at the center of it, and I would feel a little uncomfortable introducing a kid to that if they were otherwise oblivious. It is done very subtly, so that nothing is graphic or inappropriate, but it's still a major issue. This book I find myself recommending to children's librarians but not children themselves... yet. I would love to know how other people interpret this book as far as 'sellability'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katezz | 2/13/2014

    " I loved so b. it and was thrilled to be reading another of Sarah weeks books. I loved the character sapphy. I didn't like it as much as so b it but it was still a beautiful piece of lit!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 2/11/2014

    " Excellently written. Weeks really has a gift for concise description. The relationships between the characters feel real, which makes the healing aspect of the story work even if the ending is truncated to lessen the hard impact of the book. Great reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/9/2014

    " I guess my overall comment about this book is that I felt it had a lot of lead up for the last chapter. This could have been drawn out in to a longer book and I may have been more satisfied. A nice, heart-warming read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/9/2014

    " I am not sure I agree with this being a teen book, other than for content. The main character is in 5th grade. 11 years old. The writing is fairly simple, and except for the thing that Jamie wants to forget (which is never described in complete detail), it's an upper elementary or middle school book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/8/2014

    " I listened to this one-quick and enjoyable. I didn't find Jamie particularly likeable, but I felt like I got to know him and I felt protective of him. "

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

    " This is a really good book with a really good ending. It starts of kind of slow though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/6/2014

    " This is a great story about a young boy named Jamie and how he deals with a very traumatic experience in his life. His coping mechanism is trying to forget. It also is a good story dealing with family relationships and finding friendships in unexpected places. There is a really good part of the story where a visiting "Arthur" comes to Jamie's school and he takes an interest in Jamie. However, Jamie's teacher is depicted in a very bad light. I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/5/2014

    " Wow, what a read! Simultaneously disturbing and inspirational. This young man's journey is heart-wrenching and unforgettable. Love the "jumping the scratch" analogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richelle | 1/30/2014

    " I love the title of the book and how it relates to the story. I found myself thinking about the title and the ways it symbolizes things that happened in the lives of both the characters of Jamie and his aunt Sapphy. This seems like it would be a great upper elementary book, but because it has a character dealing with sexual abuse, it would probably be only be appropriate for middle school. I thought the book was very well written on lots of levels and look forward to reading more books from author Sarah Weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2014

    " I read this book because it received a request for reconsideration within my library system. As a person who has worked with children for all of my adult life, I really struggled with it, because the little boy who is the main character in the book is obviously so traumatized by an event from his past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " This was a really good story about friendship. It contains some sensitive issues but they are dealt with in an appropriate manner. Anyone who liked the author's other book, So B.It, would also like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amira | 1/19/2014

    " This is a really good book with a really good ending. It starts of kind of slow though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 1/17/2014

    " i liked it! it was a little confusing, and interesting but overall good!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/11/2014

    " This was a very original story of a broken family and the effects it has on the main character a boy names Jamie. It illustrates the power of friendship and the strength of family. It has a happy ending which I always love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/9/2014

    " I listened to this one-quick and enjoyable. I didn't find Jamie particularly likeable, but I felt like I got to know him and I felt protective of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/4/2014

    " This was a really good story about friendship. It contains some sensitive issues but they are dealt with in an appropriate manner. Anyone who liked the author's other book, So B.It, would also like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2014

    " A great example of the more complex, edgier YA fiction of today, compared to when I was a kid in the 70s. I'd have loved this book back then, and I love it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/24/2013

    " A great example of the more complex, edgier YA fiction of today, compared to when I was a kid in the 70s. I'd have loved this book back then, and I love it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/24/2013

    " I LOVE this book. It's by Sarah Weeks, the same author as "So B. It," so of course it's genius. Not as good as So B. It of course, but pretty darn good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rshelite | 12/24/2013

    " This book is about a boy who moves with his mother to help his aunt because she has had and accident at work and has lost her short term memory. He has trouble with a bully on the bus and his new teacher until he meets a friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/19/2013

    " Perfect plotting, pacing and charactizations with a difficult issue. Well Done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 12/14/2013

    " Eh....wierd... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/12/2013

    " Perfect plotting, pacing and charactizations with a difficult issue. Well Done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/6/2013

    " This was a good book weird and not a very good plot, but even so the plot doesn't come in until the end so it's still a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/5/2013

    " Weeks has a a knack for writing good characters and she built some mystery and heartache well. Subject is sensitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/1/2013

    " I LOVE this book. It's by Sarah Weeks, the same author as "So B. It," so of course it's genius. Not as good as So B. It of course, but pretty darn good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 11/30/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It's another awesome book about how someone's life has been changed for the better after so many bad things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/30/2013

    " Weeks has a a knack for writing good characters and she built some mystery and heartache well. Subject is sensitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Giddens | 11/10/2013

    " YA - good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/13/2013

    " I really appreciated that the bad stuff had already happened and the book was about the getting over it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 9/15/2013

    " This is a story about a kid dealing with the aftermath of abuse. One of the great things about it is that it focuses more on the kids feelings of fear afterwards and how he starts to get past it. The incident isn't even really described which I think is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/12/2013

    " No even comparable to So B. It! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 9/8/2013

    " This was a good book weird and not a very good plot, but even so the plot doesn't come in until the end so it's still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 8/23/2013

    " Quick read. Love Sarah Weeks, and this did not disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 7/30/2013

    " We listened to this book as a family. It was a good book for stimulating discussion that was age appropriate about about abuse and avoiding abuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 7/27/2013

    " Awesome. Simply awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 7/2/2013

    " Jamie's "normal-as-cornflakes" life has been turned upside down with his parents' divorce, moving to a new home, his aunt's accident, and the one thing he can't forget... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 6/28/2013

    " Great buildup of suspense, as the incident that has the main character traumatized is slowly revealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 6/13/2013

    " THis book was kind of wierd. i wouldnt reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 5/6/2013

    " THis book was kind of wierd. i wouldnt reccomend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/13/2013

    " Sweet. So happy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 2/11/2013

    " Eh....wierd... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 2/9/2013

    " Awesome. Simply awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/7/2012

    " Very touching book. It was beautiful but very painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/20/2011

    " Sweet. So happy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 2/3/2011

    " Very touching book. It was beautiful but very painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/13/2010

    " I listened to this one-quick and enjoyable. I didn't find Jamie particularly likeable, but I felt like I got to know him and I felt protective of him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 10/3/2010

    " Jamie's "normal-as-cornflakes" life has been turned upside down with his parents' divorce, moving to a new home, his aunt's accident, and the one thing he can't forget... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley Barnow | 5/27/2010

    " Very good realistic fiction about a boy whose life is unraveling after a tough incident he's trying to keep secret. Weeks is excellent at portraying young people and young friendships. Don't know who I'd give this to... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 4/21/2010

    " This is a story about a kid dealing with the aftermath of abuse. One of the great things about it is that it focuses more on the kids feelings of fear afterwards and how he starts to get past it. The incident isn't even really described which I think is great.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 3/24/2010

    " I liked this book a lot. It's another awesome book about how someone's life has been changed for the better after so many bad things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 12/10/2009

    " This was a very original story of a broken family and the effects it has on the main character a boy names Jamie. It illustrates the power of friendship and the strength of family. It has a happy ending which I always love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mallory | 11/9/2009

    " This story dealt with some though issues, but I think that it was very well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/5/2009

    " This was a really good story about friendship. It contains some sensitive issues but they are dealt with in an appropriate manner. Anyone who liked the author's other book, So B.It, would also like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rshelite | 8/12/2009

    " This book is about a boy who moves with his mother to help his aunt because she has had and accident at work and has lost her short term memory. He has trouble with a bully on the bus and his new teacher until he meets a friend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/6/2009

    " No even comparable to So B. It! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard (Rick) | 3/2/2009

    " I had some friends who liked this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I listened to about the first 1/3rd. It seemed boring, and to be honest, the poor aunt who lost her memory was driving me crazy! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/28/2009

    " We listened to this book as a family. It was a good book for stimulating discussion that was age appropriate about about abuse and avoiding abuse. "

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