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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary D. Schmidt Narrator: Lincoln Hopp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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