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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Konigsburg Narrator: Edward Herrman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Ninety percent of who you are is invisible.”

Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But Amedeo has a secret, a dream: more than anything in the world, he wants to discover something—a place, a process, even a fossil—some treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would also like to discover a true friend to share these things with.

William Wilcox seems like an unlikely candidate for friendship: an aloof boy who is all edges and who owns silence the way other people own words. When Amedeo and William find themselves working together on a house sale for Amedeo’s eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Zender, Amedeo has an inkling that both his wishes may come true. For Mrs. Zender’s mansion is crammed with memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every piece. Soon the boys find themselves caught up in one particular story—a story that links a sketch, a young boy’s life, an old man’s reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi Germany. It’s a story that will take them to the edge of what they know about heroism and the mystery of the human heart.

Two-time Newbery winner E. L. Konigsburg spins a magnificent tale of art, discovery, friendship, history, and truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A enthralling tale.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “This humorous, poignant, tragic, and mysterious story has intertwining plots that peel away like the layers of an onion.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Edward Herrmann is an unobtrusive narrator. He lets Konigsburgs distinctive characters share their story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Reba | 2/8/2014

    " Hm. I am normally a huge fan of E.L. Konigsburg but frankly, I'm mystified by this book. First of all, I do not think it should have been labeled or sold as a Children's or Juvenile book. It seems much more Young Adult. I work extensively with young kids, and I don't know any, never mind two, that act like the sixth graders in this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I'm just mystified by the whole thing, and I hate that feeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ariel | 1/12/2014

    " I think if this book had been by someone else, I would have been more impressed. But it reminded me too much of the author's incomparable From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Same idea of a cranky, eccentric, cool old lady with a lot of stuff who sets up an art-related mystery for two children to solve on their own. But here the main character is an exile from NY to Florida instead of a suburban runaway to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sorry, just doesn't match up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Abigail | 1/6/2014

    " um- REALLY not good. a pale imitation of mixed up files but cold and aloof. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria | 12/31/2013

    " listening to, actually. love this author - a sophisticated kids author who never talks down to kids. "

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