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3.00591715976331 out of 53.00591715976331 out of 53.00591715976331 out of 53.00591715976331 out of 53.00591715976331 out of 5 3.01 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betsy Byars Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Amen Amie McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets. She couldn't be more different from her elder twin sisters Arabella and Annabella, called the Bellas. The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories of Mr. Tominski, the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is a dangerous bogeyman who eats children whole, but Papa vows that the keeper of the doves wouldn't hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes the family, Amen must decide once and for all who is right. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 makayla logan | 2/27/2014

    " I don't have anything to say:D have a awesome day!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/16/2014

    " We just finished this one. It was a really fun and cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan D. Neal | 2/16/2014

    " I liked the idea behind the story, but I didn't feel like the story was fleshed out enough. It was hard to feel anything for Mr. Tominski, the strange, elusive man whose presence featured so prominently in the young main character's mind, when there wasn't enough of him in the story. I think that aspect needed to be fleshed out more, and the annoying twin sisters needed to not feature quite so prominently. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 1/29/2014

    " I like Byars but this one was too superficial. And the idea of not judging a recluse has been done better, notably in Onion John. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 1/25/2014

    " This is a beautifully written book about Amie McBee (short for Amen), her family, and Mr. Tominski, a recluse who lives on the far end of the family's property. The words themselves are very simple, as they come from young Amie's point of view. Yet, the story's message is haunting.. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice to say, it lends itself well to rich conversation about lessons of love, acceptance, loss, and regret. I only wish a little more resolve had been made at the end. Some characters in the book felt "unfinished", but still worth the read. (It's a fast read.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/19/2014

    " The author writes well, but the ending wasn't very satisfying for me. The ending does lend itself to a discussion which is probably just as well since this book is our library's mother/daughter book club book. No matter the book, it is always fun to read the same book as my daughters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/19/2014

    " Best book ever! About hope and words! If you love to write, this book is for you!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 1/13/2014

    " Short but sweet!!! Made me think and be thankful for what I have. "

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

    " The "gentle giant" in this story reminded me of "I couldn't help it" in Stephen King's "The Green Mile." Good story, this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CAO | 12/23/2013

    " A young girl reacts with empathy to an unusual man living on her family's property. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/4/2013

    " A little forced and contrived. The teaser on the back did not deliver what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laela | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting book for a girl age 9 - 12. Amy is the youngest sister of a wealthy family at the turn of the century. There is some mystery surrounding a man who works for papa. Should Amy turst what her sisters say about the man or what her Papa tells her? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/29/2013

    " This book is really short and pretty good I guess "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/10/2013

    " This was a sweet story! Would be good for younger elementary school kids I think. I think the cover is beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 3/7/2013

    " This book is witty and beautifully written. Both Naomi and I devoured it and had a wonderful discussion. The heroine is an eight year old who loves words. What better premise is there? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Songhe | 1/24/2013

    " This book was a fast and easy read for me. It was a good book and I did like it. But, it wasn't that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/13/2013

    " This was part of my 8th grade "Read the Books on My Shelf That I've Probably Outgrown" kick. So I read this. It was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joka | 1/4/2013

    " i like the part when the girl takes pictures of the dove keeper . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nojood Alsudairi | 9/7/2012

    " Another girl? But not any other girl. Nothing new about this book but something is comforting in there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 8/2/2012

    " A must read it is rather short but super good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 6/3/2012

    " It's a rare book that handles difficult subjects with such poise and appropriateness for young readers, while stimulating curiosity and joy in reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/1/2012

    " Great charecters Cxcellent family setting. Amy was so reel and an old soul. He insight into the Polish man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/18/2011

    " its a realy good book not the best ive read but its one of them:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 9/5/2011

    " Love that Livy loved this book so much she asked me to read it, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/15/2011

    " I listened to this book in the car. It was OK. I guess the characters didn't really grab me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Meek | 8/9/2011

    " i think it was awesome because the way the dove keeper was and how he acted he made me very curious and kinda mad. He was quiet and had a weird sense of humor. But the doves sound incredible and i love doves. They are like a fantasy because they are so pure and were thought to bring peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/4/2011

    " Elizabeth enjoyed this book. We listened to it in the car on a road trip. The author did a good job of writing from the child's perspective. "

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

    " This book is witty and beautifully written. Both Naomi and I devoured it and had a wonderful discussion. The heroine is an eight year old who loves words. What better premise is there? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Songhe | 1/12/2011

    " This book was a fast and easy read for me. It was a good book and I did like it. But, it wasn't that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laela | 11/30/2010

    " Interesting book for a girl age 9 - 12. Amy is the youngest sister of a wealthy family at the turn of the century. There is some mystery surrounding a man who works for papa. Should Amy turst what her sisters say about the man or what her Papa tells her? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 8/12/2010

    " We just finished this one. It was a really fun and cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/9/2010

    " Elizabeth enjoyed this book. We listened to it in the car on a road trip. The author did a good job of writing from the child's perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 7/26/2010

    " I like Byars but this one was too superficial. And the idea of not judging a recluse has been done better, notably in Onion John. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 3/29/2010

    " A little forced and contrived. The teaser on the back did not deliver what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joka | 11/4/2009

    " i like the part when the girl takes pictures of the dove keeper . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heloyce | 4/22/2009

    " A tender tale with the all-to-often wisdom of hindsight so much better than foresight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 4/7/2009

    " Short but sweet!!! Made me think and be thankful for what I have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/15/2009

    " This book is really short and pretty good I guess "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CAO | 2/20/2009

    " A young girl reacts with empathy to an unusual man living on her family's property. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/31/2009

    " This was part of my 8th grade "Read the Books on My Shelf That I've Probably Outgrown" kick. So I read this. It was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 1/19/2009

    " One of my favorite books of ALL TIME!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/18/2008

    " i think it was awesome because the way the dove keeper was and how he acted he made me very curious and kinda mad. He was quiet and had a weird sense of humor. But the doves sound incredible and i love doves. They are like a fantasy because they are so pure and were thought to bring peace. "

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About the Author
Author Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, received a degree in English from Queens College there. She is the author of the Blossom Family series and several other books. She lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with her husband, a college professor. They have four grown children—one son and three daughters—and five grandchildren.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.