Missing Okalee Audiobook, by Laura Ojeda Melchor Play Audiobook Sample

Missing Okalee Audiobook

Missing Okalee Audiobook, by Laura Ojeda Melchor Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Natalie Chestnut Publisher: Shadow Mountain Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200702909

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Longest Chapter Length:

34:23 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

09:21 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

When compared to her nearly perfect little sister, Phoebe Paz Petersen feels she doesn’t measure up in her parents’ eyes. Okalee is smart and beloved for her sunny disposition, which makes it hard for Phoebe to stand out in their small town in Montana. But if she can get picked for the coveted solo in the school choir, she’ll stop being a middle-school nobody and finally get her chance to shine.

Despite her sister’s annoying perfection, Phoebe actually loves spending time with Okalee. They have one very special, secret tradition: River Day—when they hold hands and make their way across the cold, rushing Grayling River, to celebrate the first hint of spring. This year’s River Day crossing, however, goes horribly wrong, and Phoebe’s world is suddenly turned upside down.

Heartbroken and facing life without Okalee, Phoebe is more determined than ever to sing the solo in the school concert as a way of speaking to her sister one last time. But Phoebe’s so traumatized by what happened, she’s lost her beautiful singing voice.

Kat Waters wants the choir solo for herself and is spreading a terrible rumor about what really happened to Okalee on River Day. If Phoebe tells the truth, she believes her family will never forgive her and she may never get to sing her goodbye to Okalee. Even worse, somebody is leaving Phoebe anonymous notes telling her they saw what really happened at the river.

Missing Okalee is an empathy-building novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters and finding the courage to do what’s right amid heartbreak and tragedy.

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“Gorgeous, heartbreaking novel. Phoebe has a strong community and receives the support she desperately needs from her best friend and his family, and she gets help processing her grief and guilt through sessions with her school counselor, ending the book on a resilient note. Resonant novel."

— School Library Journal 


  • "Captures the pressures of being an older sister and the unique challenges of losing a sibling…Meanwhile, many readers will identify with her passion for self-expression through singing…This is a solid addition to any collection."

    — Booklist
  • “Touching and poignant. Melchor weaves Phoebe’s story of forgiveness and family into a gripping tale of love and loss.”

    — Terry Catasús Jennings, author of the Definitely Dominguita series

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About Laura Ojeda Melchor

Laura Ojeda Melchor is from Montana and grew up in a Spanish-speaking home that celebrated her family’s Cuban culture. She is a self-described bookworm who graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Alaska with her husband and son.