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4.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 5 4.28 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peg Kehret Narrator: Susan Boyce Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467268
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Acclaimed author Peg Kehret has written the true story of the year about when she was twelve and stricken with polio. At first paralyzed and terrified, she fought her way to recovery, aided by doctors and therapists, a loving family, supportive roommates fighting their own battles with the disease, and plenty of grit and luck. With the humor and suspense that are her trademarks, Peg Kehret vividly recreates a year of heartbreak and triumph. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Neither sentimental nor saccharine, Susan Boyce moves steadily through the details of the trying days. As Peg, she uses pause and emphasis to illuminate the moments of deep fear, of understanding and acceptance, and of increasing determination. Boyce also voices the worry of Peg’s parents, stress on the part of nurses…and both the optimism and discouragement of fellow patients.”

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  • Winner of the 1998 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleenish | 2/16/2014

    " This children's book gently shows us what it was like to have a terrible terrible disease. We have so much to be grateful for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/14/2014

    " This was really sad I read mst of it when I was at the library the other day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent memoir for Middle school students about a YA author's struggle with polio as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 1/26/2014

    " i love this book it is interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kstewart5362 | 1/18/2014

    " Here, Peg Kehret, author of several books for children, shares of slice of life from her past, focusing on her experience being diagnosed with polio, then coping with the often rigorous treatment of the disease. Kids today might find the notion of having to exist for several months in a huge, surreal-looking iron lung machine rather hard to imagine. The details she is able to recall are interestinga and give the reader a real sense of the time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara the Librarian | 1/18/2014

    " Of course, since this was written by Peg Kehret I knew it would be an interesting, easy read. Fantastic book. Any smart student who likes to learn about real life should read this book. Learning about how polio affects the body and how people had to deal with the huge outbreak in late 40's into the 50's was so interesting. Peg Kehret is honest about the negative feelings she had during a variety of experiences she had while dealing with her bout of polio. She also brings readers up-to-date with her current life-- some of which is very sad. Very glad I read this book. Short chapters with interesting titles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah nichols | 1/17/2014

    " it is a great book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 1/9/2014

    " like xiomara said u learn alot about polio "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/4/2014

    " This autobiography of the beloved children's author is fantastic. It is about her time in the hospital with polio as a young girl, but it reads like a summer camp adventure. A warm and wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/30/2013

    " this is such a great book i loved it a whole lot i got threw this book so quickly you find your self scared for her and just hoping a prerying that she gets beeter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Warner | 12/12/2013

    " Want to read a book that lets you in on the poliio epidemic and what is was like to contract the disease as a 13 yr. old? This book is written by Peg Kehret, a prolific children's author and is about her own experience with polio. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandysummer | 12/4/2013

    " this book was amazing and truly inspiring. I once again realize the years in history, the struggle to discover cures. We are so lucky to have medicine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 11/22/2013

    " This book is very touchy! I can't imagine living peg's life! I would definentaly recommend this book! It's a great autobiography! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Macrae | 11/12/2013

    " This book is so good! I have read it twice for that reason... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kedwards | 9/5/2013

    " My daughter was studying FDR in 6th grade when we came across this book. Fascinating book about polio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Kraus | 8/14/2013

    " A very touching story... but a great book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Castillo | 7/31/2013

    " When I was a kid this was the book that I always read whem I was sick or scared because Peg inspired me so much with her hope and strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Amadori | 7/28/2013

    " Heartbreaking, uplifting, funny, memorable, interesting, educational "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 6/19/2013

    " I am normally not a fan of memoirs but I loved this one. I am very interested in polio and found this to be a wonderful account of how it would feel to have such a disease and learning to overcome it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/1/2013

    " This woman's optimism is contagious, loved it. Especially the epilogue. I realized I never really new much about polio- just the bare basics. Excellent book for pre-teens to be reading especially when you consider some of the other "literature" available to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/21/2013

    " I read this becasue it was my daughter's favorite book in 4th grade, and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/21/2013

    " I loved this book!!! It is a true story of great inner strength. It's a sweet and very eye opening story of life during the years of the Polio epidemic. It made me feel so blessed for my health and that of my children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. | 4/13/2013

    " This was a quick read that gave me insite into history of the past of the outbreak of polio as well as insight into the authors life. It think it was a greet read for young student wanting a biography. "

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

    " I remember getting my polio shot at the doctor's office, followed by a red or green safety sucker. This must have taken place around 1956 so I guess it was new then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Edwards | 2/12/2013

    " Read this with my daughter for school, was interesting for her. "

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About the Author
Author Peg Kehret

Peg Kehret’s novels for children, which usually contain both humor and suspense, are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children’s Book Council. She has won many state “young reader” or “children’s choice” awards. Before she began writing books for children, she published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. Kehret is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

About the Narrator

Susan Boyce is an audiobook narrator and an actor who has worked onstage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major ragtime and traditional jazz festival in the United States.