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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betty G. Birney Narrator: Joseph Butler Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, he longs to escape the small farming community of Sassafras Springs and do some exploring of his own. No one else ever seems to want to leave Sassafras, however, not even his best pal, Jeb, and so, for now, Eben figures he's stuck on the farm with Pa and Aunt Pretty until he grows up.

All that changes when Pa, tired of Eben's moping, challenges him to find the Seven Wonders in Sassafras Springs that can stand up to the real Seven Wonders of the World. And if he does? Then Eben will get the adventure he's been craving: a trip out west. Eben doesn't reckon he'll have any luck; he can't think of even one thing that could be called interesting, let alone wondrous, in Sassafras, but he figures he'll give it a try.

Told in a down-home narrative with glimmers of magical realism woven throughout, Betty G. Birney's tale about a boy's journey of discovery reminds us all that extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary of places...even Sassafras Springs.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 2/18/2014

    " The seven Wonders of Sassafras springs is a sweet story, and has a good message for all a little bored with their life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/12/2014

    " Just goes to show you that there are gems right under our noses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelina | 2/2/2014

    " Although not much plot, this book was fun to read. As the boy sets out to find seven wonders in his tiny town, you have to keep reading to see what he will discover. A great lesson learned on finding the beauty around us! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Everdeen | 1/30/2014

    " THis was an interesting book Because eban is searching for the seven wonders and goes through difficulties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 1/30/2014

    " The eight year old enjoyed this, from the writer of Where the Red Fern Grows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Garrett | 1/5/2014

    " I wonder what the seven wonders of my home town would be if I had the time to look for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " Eben McAllister can't wait to leave Sassafras Springs. He wants to travel, to see the wonders of the world. His father challenges him to find seven wonders there at home. Full of folk tales and wonderful characters, this story will charm you and inspire you to look for wonders at home too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hannah | 1/2/2014

    " It was a good book "

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

    " Not very exciting at all . . . I really love Betty G. Birney,but I was disappointed when I found out she wrote this book!!! She could've added some action!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 12/14/2013

    " Simply charming--a sweet little afternoon read. My twelve-year old daughter liked it just as much as I did. This would be a great summer read-aloud, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 11/19/2013

    " Really enjoyed this - will put it on a booktalk list for 4th graders - she also writes the Humphrey books, which I adore!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren S. | 11/13/2013

    " 100% my all time favorite book after I finished it I gave it to my mimi to read and she loved it too!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 11/11/2013

    " Realistic fiction/historical fiction third grade and up. A you boy discovers that there are wonders all around us. You just have to look for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/8/2013

    " Delightful, uplifting book and a fast read. By chance I picked it up at the library and really enjoy it. A book I will contemplate for awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/4/2013

    " While this really is not my kind of book, I did enjoy some of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/4/2013

    " This is a children's book but it is a fun read and has a good lesson. It is that there are "wonders" all around us if we take the time ti look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/30/2013

    " Farm boy from 1920 in rural small town when his father says he'll let him travel if he can find seven "wonders" right at home. The wonders are more like tall tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 10/29/2012

    " Really good. Some funny stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louanne Winkle | 8/19/2012

    " I love how this book reminds us to look for the wonders around us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carah | 6/28/2012

    " There are wonders all around us and you will learn much from talking with others about their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghann Cantey | 5/14/2012

    " A sweet story that got me misty-eyed more than once and left me with quite a lump in my throat at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christie | 5/11/2012

    " I read this over the summer (2008) and I loved it. It is one of the best books i have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dena | 5/9/2012

    " This would be a darling book to read to a class of third or fourth graders, but for me was a bit weird. It wasn't really what I wanted for it to be, and I wanted for the lesson that the main character was taught to be more profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/28/2012

    " A must read--read aloud with your kids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 3/1/2012

    " I am reading this to my third grade class. The children are loving it. It is a very quick read for an adult. It is very entertaining and worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/26/2012

    " Another great read for middle schoolers. Full of colorful characters and strong messages about appreciating what you have, and realizing good things can come in small packages too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/1/2011

    " This book is wonderful I love it i can not put it down it is like an adventure book but better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 10/16/2011

    " 4-6 grade reading level-- a young boy learns to appreciate the good in the community around him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 9/19/2011

    " this kid geos out to find seven wonders of sassafras springs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharidan | 7/20/2011

    " I love the look for "wonders" in sassafrass springs. I learned that everything is something great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 7/4/2011

    " The premise of this story is really heartwarming. Eben is a young boy searching his hometown for seven wonders. I really love the integrity of his character and how much he comes to know and love the people of his hometown. I wonder what I'd find if I did the same search in Freedom, Wyoming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/1/2011

    " Such a pleasant departure from the heavy topics I'd been reading. This was such a delightful read and wholesome in every way. Loved it. I love the message of taking notice of the wonderful things around you every day. There are so many 'wonderfuls' right before us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/1/2011

    " Cute story to read aloud for 8-12 year-olds. Great message. Good stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 5/30/2011

    " Simply charming--a sweet little afternoon read. My twelve-year old daughter liked it just as much as I did. This would be a great summer read-aloud, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 5/30/2011

    " A nice little collection of vignettes designed to encourage us to open our eyes to the world around us and be tourists in our own town. And also to be better folks. Magical realism for the elementary set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/24/2011

    " Another great read for middle schoolers. Full of colorful characters and strong messages about appreciating what you have, and realizing good things can come in small packages too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/2/2010

    " Farm boy from 1920 in rural small town when his father says he'll let him travel if he can find seven "wonders" right at home. The wonders are more like tall tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/13/2010

    " This was a great book full of magical realism and tall tales. Still a shame that it didn't win the Newbery that year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Truly | 9/13/2010

    " Anyone who loves YA books will adore this book. It's about a boy who lives in a small and what he thinks is boring. Then he talks to some people big in the community and listen to some heart warming stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalyn | 8/31/2010

    " Cute, easy read. This could be considered a children's book, or a family book. "

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

    " A great book to remind us of the value of all the people around us. Everyone has fascinating stories to tell, we just need to be willing to listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 8/3/2010

    " I saw this in the kids'section when I was looking for something else. It was a wonderful story about hope and finding that something special in what you thought was just ordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/22/2010

    " A deceptively simple book. One that begs for second and third and fourth readings. "

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About the Author
Author Betty G. Birney

Betty Birney graduated from Webster College (now Webster University) in Webster Groves, Missouri, majoring in English and writing. When the Disney Channel started, she became a writer and story editor for Welcome to Pooh Corner. Since then, she has written more than 200 episodes of animated and live-action television programs including Madeline, Doug, Bobby’s World, Dumbo’s Circus, The Puzzle Place, Camp Candy, Little Mouse on the Prairie, Where’s Waldo, Fraggle Rock and Zoobilee Zoo. Birney has won a Writer’s Guild of America Award and three Humanitas Prizes (as well as two other nominations). She has also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Madeline.