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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lewis Buzbee Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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It's been two months since Travis' family moved from their shabby old house to a development so new that it seems totally unreal. There's one place, though, where Travis can still connect with his old life: the Salinas library. Travis and his family used to go there together every Saturday, but now he bikes to it alone, re-reading his favorite books.

It's only natural that Travis likes the work of John Steinbeck - after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But that can't explain why suddenly Travis is seeing Steinbeck's characters spring to life. There's the homeless man in the alley behind the library, the line of figures at the top of a nearby ridge, the boy who writes by night in an attic bedroom. Travis has met them all before - as a reader. But why are they here now? And how?

As Travis struggles to answer these questions, budget cuts threaten his library. And so he embarks on a journey through Steinbeck's beautiful California landscape, looking for a way to save his safe haven. It's only then that he begins to sort out fact from fiction, discovering the many ways a story can come alive - and stumbling into a story Steinbeck never told. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cullen | 2/6/2014

    " This book is really interesting. But, during some parts it can be confusing. Overall I liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/15/2014

    " Have you ever pick up a book and just knew you had to read it. That is the way it was with this one. I needed a book to read and went to the library, this book found its way into my hands. I am glad it did. Now I will read all of John Steinbecks books because of this one. I will also read all of the others books that was introduced to me. Looking forward to more good reads. Gosh, I love libraries. I don't know what I would do without them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamsyn | 1/15/2014

    " Really enjoyed this story once I got to sit down with it. Modern Salinas, childhood home of John Steinbeck, is having its library (named for Steinbeck) closed due to economic conditions (eerily close to all the library closures currently happening). An 8th grade boy, Travis, gets involved with the community's efforts to stop the closure. Meanwhile, he begins to see some unusual things: what appears to be characters from some of Steinbeck's stories come to life, as well as what he suspects to be the ghost of Steinbeck himself. When he meets another local author (and lifelong fan of Steinbeck), they explore and re-visit the landscape of some of his stories with a mysterious past, with intriguing results. Great for 5th for 8th graders, and lovers of books, libraries, and/or John Steinbeck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " Travis gets caught up in a ghostly mystery while working to save his local library from being closed down. I thought I'd like it and had heard good things about it, but I just didn't. It was too preachy--I felt like it was trying to indoctrinate people with 'reading is good,' 'libraries are the most amazing places on earth,' and 'authors are magical, wonderful people' messages. Not that it's bad to convey thoughts like that in a book, but don't make them that obvious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Hendrickson | 12/20/2013

    " I liked this book, but it didn't draw me in. It made me appreciate and want to read Steinbeck. Since I love to read, I think that's what kept me reading it, but I don't think someone who only kind of liked to read would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 travelerblue | 12/15/2013

    " Fun book. It helps if one is familiar with Steinbeck's "The Long Valley" but it is not necessary. 13 yr old boy whose library is facing closing. The 'John Steinbeck Library' in Salinas. Is that the writer in the attic window? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Williamson | 12/14/2013

    " Another fun book... Again I would follow this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 11/28/2013

    " The main character is named Travis and he escapes his family life by hanging around the Steinbeck Library in Salinas, CA. This guy must have watched me when I was little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 6/19/2013

    " Some things about this were too predictable; but I did enjoy all the Steinbeck-iana and want to visit Salinas and see Corral de Tierra. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Skinner | 3/14/2013

    " Nice coming of age story told with magical realism. Good teen-male voice. Plus, the author really knows Steinbeck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Jane | 1/11/2013

    " Started off great. And I really enjoyed all the parts about the library closing and the measures taken to keep that from happening. But the Steinbeck character stuff . . . maybe it's because I haven't read enough Steinbeck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 12/21/2012

    " Definitely a cool story, but I don't know how I'd feel if I didn't love Steinbeck as much as I do. Seems like a great book for devoted readers, but I don't know if I'd recommend it to a reluctant reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Toft | 1/21/2012

    " A YA book that could be read on many levels. I good teaching book and intro into Steinbeck's writing and life. Note an earth shaker but fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denelle | 7/29/2011

    " A kid's book set in Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas. Reads like bad freshman creative writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sowndarya | 5/14/2011

    " It was a wonderfully crafted and unconventional story. I have never read anything like it before and my interest in books has definitely been brought back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/7/2011

    " It's unfortunate that this book has such a lousy cover, because it's a really great book, and people really do judge books by their covers. I do, anyway. I disregarded it three times before finally deciding to give it a chance. Give it a chance, and you won't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cullen | 12/22/2010

    " This book is really interesting. But, during some parts it can be confusing. Overall I liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/26/2010

    " This was a great book. A real page turner. It's especially good if you are a Steinbeck fan and have read his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 8/1/2010

    " A YA book that could be read on many levels. I good teaching book and intro into Steinbeck's writing and life. Note an earth shaker but fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 4/3/2010

    " I liked this book, but it didn't draw me in. It made me appreciate and want to read Steinbeck. Since I love to read, I think that's what kept me reading it, but I don't think someone who only kind of liked to read would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 4/2/2010

    " California history comes alive. Saving a library is ALWAYS a good thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 4/2/2010

    " Some things about this were too predictable; but I did enjoy all the Steinbeck-iana and want to visit Salinas and see Corral de Tierra. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 3/1/2010

    " It's unfortunate that this book has such a lousy cover, because it's a really great book, and people really do judge books by their covers. I do, anyway. I disregarded it three times before finally deciding to give it a chance. Give it a chance, and you won't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mb | 11/3/2009

    " Good Read. I had to take time out and read "The Red Pony" for a little back ground info, and because I really like John Steinbeck. Worth the time! "

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About the Author
Author Lewis Buzbee

Lewis Buzbee has been writing since he was fifteen. A native Californian, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.