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Author: Paula Garner Narrator: Nicholas Mondelli Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781520044897
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How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’ little brother dead. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protege of eighteen-year-old Dara-part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be.

But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he has never forgotten and the brother he has never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind.

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  • “A poignant story of three teens dealing with tremendous grief and tragedy in their own ways, be it good, bad, or harmful. The characters and their situations feel authentic and the drama never becomes heavy-handed or overwhelming. The nuanced way that Garner deals with loss is not only beautifully done but it’s thoughtful and insightful. Phantom Limbs is a quietly affecting, well-written gem of a book…A definite YA standout for 2016.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Readers will find Otis relatable and endearing in his first-person perspective of first love and heartbreak, as well as his unwavering loyalty to his friends. Meg and Dara round out a cast of well-developed characters who have extensive troubles of their own. Verdict: Most teenagers will find a little bit of themselves in this well-executed work; a must-have for most YA collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Mondelli gives a sensitive, expressive performance. He captures Otis’ thoughts as his moods swing through frustration, confusion, affection, and grief…Mondelli uses subtle changes in tone for the characters, making it clear who is speaking while keeping listeners solidly in Otis’ perspective. Moments of humor balance out sadness in this debut, which will leave listeners looking forward to Garner’s next book.”


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About the Author

Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat. Her debut YA novel, Phantom Limbs, was published in 2016 by Candlewick Press and is a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Paula lives in the Chicago area with her family and a very bad cat.

About the Narrator

Nicholas Mondelli is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.