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4.00003576072822 out of 54.00003576072822 out of 54.00003576072822 out of 54.00003576072822 out of 54.00003576072822 out of 5 4.00 (9,228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary D. Schmidt Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307915931
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“The Dump” is what Doug Swieteck calls his new home in upstate New York. He lands there in the summer of 1968, when the Apollo space missions are under way, Joe Pepitone is slugging for the New York Yankees, and the Vietnam War is raging. At home he lives with a father who has lost his way and a brother accused of robbery. And Doug’s oldest brother is returning from Vietnam. Who knows what wounds his missions have given him? But Doug has his own mission, too, and it begins when he first sees the plates of John James Audubon’s Birds of America at the local library. His mission will lead him to Lil Spicer, who shows him how to drink a really cold Coke, to Mrs. Windermere, who drags him to a theater opening, and to the customers of his Saturday grocery deliveries, who together will open a world as strange to him as the lunar landscape.Swieteck, who first appeared in Gary D. Schmidt’s Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars, will discover the transforming power of art over disaster in a story about creativity and loss, love and recovery, and survival.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is exceptionally well written. Schmidt creates characters that will remain with the reader long after the book is done. Doug’s voice is unforgettable as he tries to help and protect his mom…While there is much stacked against him, he is a character filled with hope that the reader cannot help but root for. Push this one on readers; they will not be sorry…Schmidt writes a journal-type story with a sharp attention to detail, patterns in the story line, and an unexpected twist at the end.”

    VOYA

  • “Readers will miss Doug and his world when they’re done, and will feel richer for having experienced his engaging, tough, and endearing story.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Reproductions of Audubon plates introduce each chapter in this stealthily powerful, unexpectedly affirming story of discovering and rescuing one’s best self, despite family pressure to do otherwise.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This is Schmidt’s best novel yet—darker than The Wednesday Wars and written with more restraint, but with the same expert attention to voice, character, and big ideas.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10
  • Winner of the 2012 Children’s Book Award for Grades 5-6
  • A 2012 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook
  • A 2011 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist
  • Nominated for Audie Awards, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Hollister | 2/6/2014

    " Loved it. I like Gary Schmidt. This book is funny, sad, and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. I love how he ties things together. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/2/2014

    " This starts out as another tiresome would-be Holden Caufield shrugging through life as the victim of bullies. It rapidly turns darker and reveals the story of a family brutalized by an alcoholic father. With the support of an artistic librarian and a girl in his class, the young man adapts and excels through a series of entirely unbelievable events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Blaisdell | 1/6/2014

    " I liked how the main character didn't say things. Felt authentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Winkler | 12/17/2013

    " i like realistic books where the kids act and speak like kids. this book doesn't always do that but it shows some good examples of how he positively (if not realistically) dealt with very huge challenges at home (his father is sadistic bully) and at home (his teachers are cruel and insensitive). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/16/2013

    " ok, a little hard to take with all the negative offset by super positive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/9/2013

    " This was a good book. And I'm not lying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Jk | 11/27/2013

    " This book brought me back to jr. high. I laughed out loud at some of it and fell right back into middle school with other parts. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cambria Williams | 11/22/2013

    " Best book I've read this year. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tandy Floyd | 11/12/2013

    " One of my favorite books ever. The content was unusual and wonderful and the author's writing style was delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colson V | 11/11/2013

    " Long chapters. Extremely well written. Only complaint is that the phrase, "I'm not lying," is repeated way, way too much. Other than that, it was terrific, and I'm not lying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 11/7/2013

    " Loved the book but wondered if was really the kind of thing teens would be into or whether it's the kind of book their parents, teachers, librarians or other grown ups would imagine or want them to be into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo1357 | 8/12/2013

    " Until I read this, I never thought i could feel like crying my eyes out and laughing my head off all in the same book. This was a masterpiece. I absolutely loved it. Mr. Gary D. Schmit is a true genius. He made a book that would appeal to everyone. This book is literature at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 7/19/2013

    " I loved the restrait and skill in which the writer has Doug slowly transform his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Chappee | 7/8/2013

    " I would recommend this book to any one willing to read. I could barely put it down it was so amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/5/2013

    " I am shocked at how much I truly loved this book. The writing is superb, just a fantastic story. I can't wait to read it with my girls again in a few years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/19/2013

    " Such a heart-warming story of painful middle school years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly H | 2/20/2013

    " Such a great book, I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xina Myriada | 9/26/2012

    " WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! That is all I have to say on the matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 5/20/2012

    " I liked It it was super good though i thought there were to many details but it was Okay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 3/2/2012

    " Wonderful voice. Interesting plot progression. Happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 9/15/2011

    " I really liked this book. Sad and happy and lots of emotions. Where's the 4 1/2 stars when I need them? That's what I would rate it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ufo | 6/12/2011

    " I was reading and reading and reading. Finally a really good book in a million years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 5/23/2011

    " great book! love the characters - good for middle school boys "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 5/22/2011

    " A heartbreakingly great novel filled with funny situations, true to life sadness and characters to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marah | 5/22/2011

    " This book is hard to read, because you know the father is physically abusing the kid, but the writing is so compelling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/22/2011

    " Another librarian got this as a galley & loved it. I could not wait for it to be published. I loved the companion, The Wednesday Wars and loved this one even more. A quick read but the story stays with you long after you finish the book & you will cheer for Doug.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 5/19/2011

    " This is a great book. I'm not lying. I think I'm too critical of endings and this one has a doozy. The author's writing style is fantastic! Really, everyone should read this and tell me what you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnnE | 5/18/2011

    " I am trying to decide which I love more, this or Wednesday wars. This one is a little darker, but I love Doug. He has such a good heart. I laughed an cried with him and for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 5/18/2011

    " Loved it. Darker and not as funny as the Wednesday Wars, but still amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/17/2011

    " I didn't think I could love a book more than I loved The Wednesday Wars...I was wrong! All I can say is...WOW!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miri | 5/17/2011

    " AMAZING. Fantastic. Possibly even better than The Wednesday Wars. I love it, I love it, I love it. The end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/16/2011

    " This book is full of surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/16/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book! I've loved everything I've read by him! "

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About the Author
Author Gary D. Schmidt
Gary D. Schmidt’s most recent novel, The Wednesday Wars, has been garnering excellent reviews. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. His other novels for Clarion are Straw into Gold and Anson’s Way. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lives on a farm in Alto. He and his wife have six children.
About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.