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Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Narrator: Robbie Daymond Publisher: Listening Library Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781524734541

Publisher Description

“Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love—this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!”—Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor–Winning author of The Surrender Tree 

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

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  • “Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love—this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up.”

    - Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor–winning author
  • “Narrator Robbie Daymond’s soft, calming tone is appropriate for the peaceful world of seventeen-year-old Sal…Daymond’s gentle tones soothe listeners just as Vincente’s tenderness calms the troubled waters through which Sal must pass. Daymond’s narration, though low-key, gives rounded portraits of all the story’s characters and doesn’t minimize Sal’s heartache or his attempts to control his temper. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “The well-constructed pacing of the novel, with its beautifully expansive prose punctuated by text messages between Sal and Sam, demonstrates the author’s talent for capturing the richness of relationships among family and friends. The author…offers another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Written in short chapters that eloquently describe Sal’s deepest fears and most intense moments of affection, the story celebrates compassion and the love of family.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “The themes of love, social responsibility, death, and redemption are expertly intertwined with well-developed characters and a compelling story line. This complex, sensitive, and profoundly moving book is beautifully written…A must-purchase title.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Mesmerizing…A poetic exploration of family, friendship, love, and loss. In Sal, Sáenz gives his readers a young man equal parts strong, vulnerable, wise, and loving.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “What the world needs now is a book like this one. Profoundly important and moving. Read it.”

    - Bill Konigsberg, Stonewall Award-winning author of Openly Straight
  • “Thought-provoking and uplifting, this compelling coming-of-age novel treats the complexities of being human with compassion, and—above all—love.”

    - Francisco Jiménez, Pura Belpré Honor-winning author of Breaking Through

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American Book Award–winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Southwest Books Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

About the Narrator

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.