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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. C. E. Bauer Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739380123
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AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by. If you're a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible. Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing. . . . 

First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales. Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and the chorus. And two bullies try to beat him up every day because of it. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, an ice storm wrecks Augie's school. The city plans to close the school, abandoning one more building to the drug addicts. But Augie has a plan. For the first time in his life, Augie Boretski is not going down without a fight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2007:
    "Complex characters and an infinitely readable text make this one of the strongest titles of the year."

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 1/18/2014

    " I'm debating if this ends up on the fantasy shelf, too. It's kind of magical realism. In parts. This just came in, so I've only skimmed it, but from what I read, it's pretty damn awesome. I really liked Augie, his mother, and Walter and Roger. Good stuff!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 12/12/2013

    " It was ok, but definitely not what the title makes you think. Pretty good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 12/5/2013

    " Enjoyable read, suitable for 4th-6th graders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramnik | 11/26/2013

    " This was a pretty good book. I kind of liked it, the beginning wasn't that interesting, but once I got into the book I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 12/16/2012

    " I think this is a very interesting book about magic in real life, how miracles can come true event to even to a child, and how it is put through a child's point of view. I like how the book is not about a normal everyday child but a child who lives near a gang and is bullied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindi | 7/26/2012

    " Lots of strong characters and a solid plot make for a very engaging read about a young boy who, with the help of a teacher, a bookseller and a Big Brother, figures out how to stop running from his problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/22/2011

    " Interesting story but I can't recommend it because some of the language was so bad. Overall, I give it a 'meh'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 6/20/2011

    " I may, perhaps, be biased here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/5/2011

    " I was drawn to this book because of its setting- Camden NJ. Great read with a fairy tale aura but touches on important topics for our youth today- tolerance, bullying, violence and self acceptance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 12/16/2010

    " Great job weaving contemporary stories and traditional fables. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jsagat | 12/7/2010

    " folktale and reality story parallel each other intersecting with character Louise--complicated for booktalk--too many themes but good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/12/2010

    " Interesting story but I can't recommend it because some of the language was so bad. Overall, I give it a 'meh'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 8/21/2010

    " I may, perhaps, be biased here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/2/2010

    " Enjoyable read, suitable for 4th-6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindi | 1/13/2010

    " Lots of strong characters and a solid plot make for a very engaging read about a young boy who, with the help of a teacher, a bookseller and a Big Brother, figures out how to stop running from his problems. "

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

    " folktale and reality story parallel each other intersecting with character Louise--complicated for booktalk--too many themes but good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramnikie | 11/6/2008

    " This was a pretty good book. I kind of liked it, the beginning wasn't that interesting, but once I got into the book I liked it.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 9/8/2008

    " I think this is a very interesting book about magic in real life, how miracles can come true event to even to a child, and how it is put through a child's point of view. I like how the book is not about a normal everyday child but a child who lives near a gang and is bullied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 1/17/2008

    " I'm debating if this ends up on the fantasy shelf, too. It's kind of magical realism. In parts. This just came in, so I've only skimmed it, but from what I read, it's pretty damn awesome. I really liked Augie, his mother, and Walter and Roger. Good stuff!! "

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About the Narrator

John H. Mayer is a writer, actor, and audiobook narrator. In 1973, he cowrote Radio Rocket Boy, an award-winning short film. He also has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including American Lion and The Wolf Tree, among many others.