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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:
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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.” 


  • “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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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!!! "

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