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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Creech Narrator: Heather O’Neill, Erin Moon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062201904
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I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town—like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . .

As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Creech pulls young readers through the thrills and confusion of a first crush… Creech captures the magical in-between state of a girl’s maturing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Creech, a Newbery Award–winning author, deftly weaves a multilayered story in which past and present thread their way around Naomi the romantic and Lizzie the singer…An enchanting tale to treasure in which ordinary folk find fairies’ gold, run across crooked bridges and mend and their broken hearts.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A joyous testament to the surprising nature of life and the smallness of our world.”

    Booklist

  • “An epigraph, prologue, and first chapter that increasingly pull readers in deeper and deeper…Quirky and alliterative.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A gently timeless atmosphere…Mysterious and numinous.”

    Guardian (London)

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About the Author
Author Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who’s That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

About the Narrators

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Her prize-winning debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim. Her novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and the short story collection, Daydreams of Angels, were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. The collection was also shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction.

Erin Moon has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including titles by Sharon Creech, Erin Hunter, and Jackson Pearce, and has won an AudioFile Earphones Award.