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Author: Annie Cardi Narrator: Jessica Lauren Ball Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781480595545
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When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school—and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart?

Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight—the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?

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  • “Cardi delves into issues of love, acceptance, loss, and identity in her engaging debut novel…The author creates nuanced characters and presents them with their flaws and strengths intact, including a character with a mental disorder who never loses her humanity or becomes a caricature. Readers seeking yet another teen problem novel with an unrealistically positive ending should look elsewhere. This novel delivers something far more rare: a well-written, first-person narrative about negotiating life’s curve balls that has a realistic ending. An honest, uncompromising story.”

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  • “Alex has always flown under the radar, and that’s all right with her. But her junior year is hit with significant turbulence when her mother begins suffering a most peculiar delusion: she believes she is Amelia Earhart…It may have a madcap ring to it, but debut author Cardi smartly casts it as serious drama, with Mom’s every eccentric behavior…feeling like another small tragedy…Mom-as-Amelia is an especially thorny character, one who delivers surprisingly solid advice while remaining heartbreakingly mad. For sure, a unique look at the effect of mental illness on loved ones.”


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About the Author

Annie Cardi holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her short stories have appeared in the Georgetown Review, Vestal Review, and other publications. In 2011, PEN New England selected her as a winner of the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript that would become The Chance You Won’t Return, her debut novel, about which she says, “I was spending the summer in Chicago with my now husband when the sentence ‘My mother thinks she’s Amelia Earhart’ popped into my head. I wondered who this person could be and what her home life would be like. At first I thought the sentence would turn into a short story, which was largely what I was writing at the time, but it quickly became evident that Alex’s story needed to be longer.” Annie Cardi’s writing is fueled by copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. She lives near Boston with her husband and a portrait of a sea captain.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.