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Download The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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I should have seen it coming. A long time before it came I should have known.I was six or seven years old and there was a girl living next door named Peggy. She was a year older than me and a lot stronger and we were wrestling and she held me down....

All of a sudden it seemed there was something about girls that wasn't all bad. I didn't know what it was but I should have known that this first feeling with Peggy Ollendorfer meant that down the road, later, I was in for a big surprise. Afterward, when I was a little older, if you'd asked me what the surprise was like, I'd have said it was about like getting hit by a train. Puberty.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Hilarious, touching and morbidly fascinating, this book is sure to bring relief to boys suffering the injustice of puberty, and insight to the girls who can't seem to figure the boys out. I couldn't help laughing hysterically at poor Duane's plight, even while knowing that, whatever doesn't kill him will only make him stronger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara the Librarian | 2/5/2014

    " Very short, entertaining, slightly over-the-top read about a boy dealing with zits, girls and lack of coordination while dealing with a heightened state of arousal. Students would love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/29/2014

    " Paulsen is only slightly out of touch with the true preteen voice here, but flashes of comedic genius more than make up for that slight detraction. As readers would expect with a book of this type, irreverencies abound; however, the inappropriateness is somewhat modified by Paulsen's clever use of innocent-sounding metaphors. (ELBOW.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donia | 1/14/2014

    " Tender and hilarious view of puberty from the journal of a growing boy. You can't help but remember your worst days of middle school when nothing ever went right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rodrigo DuLuc | 1/14/2014

    " This is kind of an immature book that provides a good laugh for boys just hitting puberty. Although childish and somewhat bland, its not too bad. I would recommend this to no one. IF you just happen to look for a book and come across this one, try it out. "

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

    " This title is somewhere between 4th and 8th grade. Gary Paulsen hits the nail on the head with this one, describing the craziness of boy puberty. We have it in our juvenile collection. I'm not sure any boy would ever check it out, but moms might just to be able to laugh about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesol | 11/6/2013

    " It was interesting to read Duane's feelings. In some parts it was complicated, but it was a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 11/1/2013

    " There are definite sweet moments in this book. It could easily be made into a fantastic and much-needed movie for pre-teen boys. Sadly, there are a few passages that were kind of clunky and had me thinking, "Huh?" Otherwise, Paulsen does a great job of portraying a pimply, clumsy adolescent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/16/2013

    " The fictional Duane has a way with words. It was refreshing to see the world through an adolescent male's eyes. I mean, who would ever guess that that's how they think??? "Elbow" has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to Gary Paulsen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Marie | 7/18/2012

    " A funny, but sad, account of a boy going through puberty. Such tough times! The incidents and ending are a little over the top, but Paulsen does a good job describing the insanity that is puberty without getting too in depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xsmartin | 2/1/2012

    " Gary does it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kelly | 1/15/2012

    " I laughed out loud of gary Paulson's description of the agony of adolescence - his description of boy's conversations was dead on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tweller83 | 2/28/2011

    " More about the emotional side of puberty rather than the actual physical changes. Ok even for the younger readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/29/2010

    " I generally love Gary Paulsen's books. However, I have to say that I was disappointed with this one. It made puberty seem like it revolved solely around being clumsy, having pimples, and not being able to talk to girls. It seemed a bit confusing to me, and I felt its ending was weak as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Trenier | 11/28/2010

    " This book was a blast. It's nothing huge, but a fun hour and a half read. If you're a guy, read this. It's funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/25/2010

    " Written by a man from the perspective of a twelve-year-old with the self-awareness of an adult. Still, Gary Paulsen is a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesol | 9/23/2010

    " It was interesting to read Duane's feelings. In some parts it was complicated, but it was a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/20/2009

    " The fictional Duane has a way with words. It was refreshing to see the world through an adolescent male's eyes. I mean, who would ever guess that that's how they think??? "Elbow" has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to Gary Paulsen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 4/9/2009

    " Must hand this book to every middle-school aged boy going through puberty. Hilarious, yet realistic, diary of a boy's experience with many of life's bizarre changes.

    Paulsen writes boy-speak brilliantly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/2/2008

    " Written by a man from the perspective of a twelve-year-old with the self-awareness of an adult. Still, Gary Paulsen is a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donia | 10/9/2008

    " Tender and hilarious view of puberty from the journal of a growing boy. You can't help but remember your worst days of middle school when nothing ever went right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kelly | 5/15/2008

    " I laughed out loud of gary Paulson's description of the agony of adolescence - his description of boy's conversations was dead on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 3/16/2008

    " This is a very funny quick read about a 12 year old guy named Duane Homer Leech. Puberty is not kind to Duane; it makes him stutter in front of girls, trip over his shoelaces, and create spectacular catastrophes at school—each one funnier than the last. "

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