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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Carlson Narrator: Sean Kenin Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Ernie Banks, named for the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop, is a troubled, 13-year-old juvenile delinquent. Abandoned on the doorstep of the Lakeside Home for Boys when he was three years old, his only proof that he once belonged to somebody is a vintage Ernie Banks baseball card, a crystal acorn he wears on a string around his neck, and a strange spiral birthmark on the bottom of his right foot.

As a last reprieve before being sent to a juvenile detention facility, Ernie is allowed to spend three weeks on a working farm. When Ernie arrives at the home of Russ Frazier, he learns that the widower's baby was kidnapped years before. Ernie is determined to solve the case. He teams up with Joey, a local tomboy, to investigate clues that lead them on a dangerous journey into a forbidden world of dark secrets, magic puddles, and the cavernous underground kingdom of the Puddlejumpers: eleven-inch-tall water creatures with whom Ernie has a mysterious connection. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 2/13/2014

    " Wasn't all that great. There are much better books out there with the same premise, for the same age group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mauri | 2/11/2014

    " A very original story. I loved the magic and the characters in this book. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because once again the kids don't go to the grown ups for help. Why is it that every children's book seems to follow this trend? Sometimes I'm concerned that this is teaching our kids the wrong message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra | 2/8/2014

    " Wow!!! What a book. This book had so much action and adventure. Everyone should read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sterling | 1/30/2014

    " Ernie Banks is a 13 year old juvenile delinquent who knows very little of his past. Jumping back 13 years, the reader finds out about Puddlejumpers, miniature people who jump through puddles to an underground fantasy world. A human baby is discovered to be their Rainmaker, but after preparing him for a life of being a Puddlejumper, their world is threatened by the evil Troggs and the baby escapes. The story moves quickly, but jumps around a lot, sometimes leaving the reader wondering when it will pick up certain threads of the story again. While younger readers may enjoy the book, the beautiful but sometimes slow-moving passages seem to be meant for more mature readers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 v-madridista | 1/26/2014

    " The main character is introduced to us as a baby and this is when he first encounters the Puddlejumpers. The relationship between the baby and Puddlejumpers lasts for about the first 1/3 of the book. Since neither characters speak English there is almost no dialogue in this section of the book. When we are introduced to the character again at an older age, I've found that I don't really care about this character or even this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgia | 1/24/2014

    " Yes, this book looks good,and it was at the begining.Then the main character and his friend go into somebody's house and jacky ,his friend gets lost and dosn't come out and later he finds out that she is dead 'cause the guy who's house they where in ate her .Then he finds her body and he brings her back to life.(so there's things that can't happen the real worldand then there's things thatcan happen in fantisy.this was beyond fantisy ,like it was unbelivebale in a bad way.So after that you hear almost NOTHING about her.Then the hero dies in the attempt ,but then is brought back to life.A"ittle" to much dieing for me ,thanks.}:( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/13/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook version, which wasn't bad at all. In fact the whole story wasn't even that bad. I just hate how stories about some fairy-like creature (called Puddlejumpers here) kidnap a human child and then the whole story of the childs life is told. It was interesting and I may try to read the actual book later, but right now I just don't have the patience to listen to this kids life story. :/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/4/2014

    " Strange concept worked out. Ernie grows up in foster care but had a unique early childhood - he was born to be the Rainmaker, the savior of an odd little race of creatures called Puddlejumpers. They literally jump through puddles into another underground-ish world. Their arch enemies create dry, horrible conditions while the Puddlejumpers bring life and rain. Ernie remembers none of this until he arrives for a work program at the very farm he was born, with the Dad he doesn't remember. He comes into his calling as Rainmaker through various odd and somewhat scary adventures. Ernie is a complex character, rebellious but caring. The Puddlejumper language does come across as a little juvenile, but on the whole the story works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/1/2014

    " I picked this book up while browsing at the library, and I definitely enjoyed reading it. What I liked better though was reading this book to my three siblings who also enjoyed it. I think this book is more interesting read out loud then to yourself. I especially liked how the story line/plot worked itself out so neatly. I highly recommend this book for about 8-12 year olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 12/30/2013

    " I would recommend this book to Jennie and Larissa. I thought it was cute and clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosaliefullmer | 12/8/2013

    " This is a fun, creative short story. I would recommend it to any one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 11/20/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book because I just grabbed it off the display shelf on my way out of the library. It is a fun YA book with an interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 10/16/2013

    " Very awesome...I wish the author would make a second book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dannee | 10/4/2013

    " pretty muh the weirdest book ive evr read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Miazga | 9/22/2012

    " An amazing story that had me emotionally attached right from the beginning! Beautiful story~~~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 3/21/2012

    " It was cute and interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Britta | 7/15/2011

    " A tale about a boy who is 'the chosen' to save a race of little people and mother earth. Nothing too spectacular about this book just some mindless entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassie | 10/14/2010

    " This was really good!!! Of course, my reason for wanting to read it makes it even more special!!! Will always think of Dan and Scott when I remember this book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 daniella | 9/7/2010

    " this book is soo good it was sweet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 7/1/2010

    " puddle jumpers is not that ineresting at first but it ends up getting better in the middle and then not so good again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmaworsham | 4/4/2010

    " It was so good! I loved it, but the end just wasn't what I wanted and it disappointed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosaliefullmer | 2/18/2010

    " This is a fun, creative short story. I would recommend it to any one "

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