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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Rupp Narrator: Ellen Grafton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781441889447
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Octavia’s best friend, Andrew, wants to know why time runs forward instead of backward, or if it’s possible to talk to an alien jellyfish. Octavia has much bigger questions on her mind:

Why do bad things happen, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11?

What is the meaning of life?

Is there a God?

Octavia’s father is convinced that art and Henry David Thoreau hold the key to life. Her mother, Ray, though, has always been seeking greater meaning—up until now. Octavia’s problem is not only that her parents have different answers to the big questions but that their answers are threatening to tear her family apart.

Could it be that some questions are too big to have just one answer?

Could it be that the universe is far wider than Octavia’s—or perhaps anyone’s—view of it?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This hopeful novel highlights the resilience of children and the courage of those who seek truth in a complicated world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaLa | 1/12/2014

    " I've been so interested in the number of books written for children recently that discuss and portray children dealing with adults who are christian fundamentalists. Is this a new thing? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 1/11/2014

    " Awful on many levels "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/29/2013

    " It was just OK. I think my biggest issue with the book is that Christianity is only shown through the lens of the Redeemers - like that is the only way. The book does make for some interesting questions though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/17/2013

    " A sweet story of a 12 year-old's journey through her parents seperation. Octavia's parents are free thinkers. Her mother Ray is always looking for the meaning of life. When she finds it with the Redeemers, Octavia's life is turned upside down. This is a well written little book. "

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

    " One Sentence Review: Unfortunately unmemorable, passing up the chance to have a really interesting discussion about the role of religion in people's lives and instead making the age old claim that cults (or insular religions) are bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 11/28/2013

    " A good book for jr. high kids and up that will get them thinking about the big questions of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 8/25/2013

    " An exceptionally well-written novel that poses provocative questions honestly and thoughtfully. Plenty of both humor and poignancy. Octavia Boone is a wonderfully appealing character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 11/25/2012

    " I had a couple of "would that really happen" questions, but I think in the end those made the book better and more interesting. I think this would be a good book to read and discuss with anyone age 10 or so and up. So many important ideas... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 6/19/2012

    " I wanted to hug her and keep her safe. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/6/2012

    " A book for kids who are questioning religion. Octavia's resistance to her mother's new-found Christian fundamentalism is not a topic often addressed in YA literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dru | 5/23/2012

    " Probably one of the best books I've read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel | 3/14/2012

    " This is the type of book I would have loved to read when I was a child. It's a difficult topic but for any child whose parents don't agree about religion or who experiences a life shake-up, this book is essential! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody Lutz | 8/8/2011

    " Enjoyable characters but not much of a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaLa | 4/30/2011

    " I've been so interested in the number of books written for children recently that discuss and portray children dealing with adults who are christian fundamentalists. Is this a new thing? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 4/12/2011

    " 4
    Seventh grade Octavia is going through a rough time- her mother has found religion and her father seems to be wrapped up in his own selfish pursuits leaving Octavia to ponder her "big questions".
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dru | 4/4/2011

    " Probably one of the best books I've read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 3/23/2011

    " I had a couple of "would that really happen" questions, but I think in the end those made the book better and more interesting. I think this would be a good book to read and discuss with anyone age 10 or so and up. So many important ideas... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/15/2010

    " A book for kids who are questioning religion. Octavia's resistance to her mother's new-found Christian fundamentalism is not a topic often addressed in YA literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 11/8/2010

    " Enjoyable characters but not much of a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/20/2010

    " A sweet story of a 12 year-old's journey through her parents seperation. Octavia's parents are free thinkers. Her mother Ray is always looking for the meaning of life. When she finds it with the Redeemers, Octavia's life is turned upside down. This is a well written little book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 10/11/2010

    " It was just OK. I think my biggest issue with the book is that Christianity is only shown through the lens of the Redeemers - like that is the only way. The book does make for some interesting questions though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 10/5/2010

    " An exceptionally well-written novel that poses provocative questions honestly and thoughtfully. Plenty of both humor and poignancy. Octavia Boone is a wonderfully appealing character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/1/2010

    " One Sentence Review: Unfortunately unmemorable, passing up the chance to have a really interesting discussion about the role of religion in people's lives and instead making the age old claim that cults (or insular religions) are bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 8/20/2010

    " A good book for jr. high kids and up that will get them thinking about the big questions of life. "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Rupp

Rebecca Rupp is the author of Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living, Journey to the Blue Moon, The Dragon of Lonely Island, and The Return of the Dragon. She lives in Swanton, Vermont.

About the Narrator

Ellen Grafton has narrated numerous audiobooks, many in the kids and young adult categories. She can be heard on such titles as Duff, Girls Acting Catty, New Beginnings, and several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Teens Talk series.