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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Abbott Narrator: Kevin R. Free, Brian Schreier, Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781470331948
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Bobby and his family are visiting Civil War battlefields on the eve of the war’s centenary, while inside their car, quiet battles rage. When an accident cuts their trip short, they return home on a bus and witness an incident that threatens to deny a black family seats. What they don’t know is the reason for the family’s desperation to be on that bus: a few towns away, their child is missing.

Lunch-Box Dream presents Jim Crow, racism, and segregation from multiple perspectives. In this story of witnessing without understanding, a naïvely prejudiced boy, in brief flashes of insight, starts to identify and question his assumptions about race.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully crafted and written.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Abbott’s true-to-life descriptions and complicated story lines set in the volatile, pre-Civil Rights era will leave readers with much to think about and discuss when considering race relations in our country’s history.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lou Broughton | 2/14/2014

    " Confusing - I'm glad the author included the key of characters at the beginning of the book because I found myself using it often. I think a 5th grader (even a strong reader) would have a difficult time following and understanding the 2 woven storylines. I will probably not be recommending this book to my students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/1/2014

    " I only wish Abbott would have gone into a little more detail near the end of the book when both families came together on the bus. There were several climactic events at this time and not enough concrete detail to help me understand fully. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Fox | 1/16/2014

    " I wasn't exactly invested in it while reading, but I wasn't exactly impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/14/2014

    " I am reading this book by audio CD. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Celeste | 1/6/2014

    " Ugh I did not like this book. The characters were negative and whiney and the storyline had no direction. It takes place during the Civil Rights Movement so I thought it would be good, but it was so boring I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 12/31/2013

    " Excellent historical novel that adeptly explores the racism and segregation of Jim Crow-era south from multiple perspectives, both black and white. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 12/31/2013

    " Lunch-Box Dream, have you ever been on a vacation that goes down hill very fast? Bobby, his brother, his mom and his grandma all go to Florida. They made alot of crazy stops on the way, such as when they made a stop at the civil war battlefield. Bobby stole something from the gift shop. This is like the time me and my family went to Mt. Rushmore, because they went on a family road trip just like us. If you like adventures, you will love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rory | 12/13/2013

    " Wow, this one was...weird. Structure- and plot-wise. Can't imagine a child reading it and not being pissed off by the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Thompson Book | 11/3/2013

    " This was okay. I was expecting WOW since it is on the lists everyone is writing about the newbery 2012. It is a quiet book. Alternates between the african american family and the white family. Told from different voices and I had to keep turning to the front to keep track of who was whom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 11/3/2013

    " One Sentence Review: A book with high aims, but its problems sink what would otherwise be a strong piece of fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/27/2013

    " Just ok. I really thought it would be better as the summary on the back of the book talks of "abandonment, trembling on the brink of adolence and the moment he must leave his childhood behind." That sounded so good, but I didn't get it. Honestly, I mostly skimmed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/22/2013

    " I found it a little confusing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/17/2013

    " It wasn't bad it wasn't great either. I think the multiple narrators was a disservice to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anastasia | 5/21/2013

    " I didn't really get the point of this book. The main character was not all that sympathetic. And it didn't really have an ending. Guess it's just not my type of book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 4/21/2013

    " There were many parts that didn't make sense to me when I was reading it and I couldn't get a feel for the characters. I don't see how this would appeal to a young reader at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/17/2013

    " The perspectives were a little confusing but there was definitely a lot of intense connections with feelings about race in this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 12/10/2012

    " creepy. had to finish it for a class - otherwise, I would not have bothered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LaLa | 9/9/2012

    " I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott is the author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, including the extremely popular Secrets of the Droon series. He has worked in bookstores and libraries and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

About the Narrators

Kevin R. Free is a multiple Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Known for his work with young adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult & Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-six AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.