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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Karen Allen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780807216934
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Precocious Katy Thatcher comes to realize what a gentle, silent boy did for his family. He meant to help, not harm. It didn’t turn out that way.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apzmarshl | 2/19/2014

    " Great read, very quick by one of my favorite young adult authors. Heart breaking ending........ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was simple, sweet and a bit sad. It is easily a story told many times by many different authors, but always a good reminder of what once was. Extremely different from Lowry's Giver series. A quick read for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2014

    " You could certainly read the first 80% to a small child but I agree with the authors note in the beginning that it is not written for young children. However, I feel the negative comments were a bit harsh. Certainly 5th grade appropriate compared to what is on television. Less graphic than Big Bang Theory and other 2012 sexual exposures to our children via commercials. Another fab book by Lois. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy L. | 2/3/2014

    " It was a wonderful book. The story is told from an adult, but through the eyes of an eight year old. It was funny and sad. The adventures of a young girl growing up during the 1910s. It allows the reader the opportunity to experience some of what it was like to live during that time period. How people were treated because of their differences. I think this was an awesome book for anyone to read, adult and child alike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irsyad Iskandar | 1/29/2014

    " This is a great book... However it requires patience because the plot isn't revealed until the last hundred pages or so, but it pays off. It's a story of Old America before the first world war and speaks of how the mentally challenged were treated back in the day. The book from the beginning and the middle doesn't actually make sense until the around the end when all the things that happened in the past pages are finally made sense of and all the troubles collide in a satisfying, but haunting ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/28/2014

    " one of my alll time favorites i read it in the third or fourth grade but i am pretty sure it was third, it is a higher level book( higher than third grade level i think it was a sixth grade level book) it has a setting in the early 1900'S and the main charicter was such a cuttie or how i pictured her. i defanetly recomend it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Montana | 1/23/2014

    " I thought it was awesome and touching! I thought it was interesting that they didn't know he had austism. But also very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Sokolowski | 1/18/2014

    " Lois Lowry wrote in the first chapter, "This is a story about children, but it's not for children." She wasn't kidding. It was a great read, but not best for a sixth grader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/30/2013

    " Such a great book but with some predictable moments. It was really relate able to me as well due to having interacted with a boy who had similar traits in my childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Burris | 12/27/2013

    " I did not care for this book too much which was depressing because I am fond of Lois Lowry. This book is too dark for me to use in my classroom and I believe a little mature for the grades I am teaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 12/11/2013

    " I really like Lois Lowry as a writer. Beautiful old photos in this book add to the story. It did not end very happily, but it was worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/24/2013

    " Sad, sad, sweet story. Easy read, short chapters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anony-miss a-non-y-miss | 11/15/2013

    " Scary . . . in a way. That same sad tone that Lois Lowry delivers (Wonder how she does it?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aurora | 10/20/2013

    " I wanted to really like this book but it was just ok. The story really never went anywhere but it was a well written book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 8/14/2013

    " I thought this book was extremely slow and vague until the very end. There wasn't a climax until the last few chapters which was very frustrating for me. Because of this I felt the book just dragged on. There wasn't really a good flow to it. I like the idea of the story but the execution was poor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Gutowski | 6/19/2013

    " This book was very inspirational to me! The character of Jacob was beautifully written and I hope to teach students like Jacob in the future. Katy and Jacob's relationship was very inspiring to me and I admire Katy for the way that she treats Jacob :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 6/18/2013

    " This is such a sad book! There is some content that may not be appropriate for kids under the age 12. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/4/2013

    " Miss Lowry has a wonderful use of language. Her books touch on some heavy issues beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 12/23/2012

    " I just love how Lowry ties the "stories" from the old photos together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 11/3/2012

    " This book reminded me of the type of book that I loved as a girl. I also loved Lois Lowry's use of photographs in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/3/2012

    " Lowry writes a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/26/2012

    " Worth reading but nowhere near as good as The Giver and Messenger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 7/8/2012

    " This was a very pleasant read, but nothing at all like Lowry's Lois LowryThe Giver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mashell | 5/21/2012

    " I felt this book dragged at points. However, it was interesting enough to finish reading. I would have given it 2 stars except it was based on a true story and I found that compelling. The book ended with me screaming, "Injustice". It pulls at the heartstings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 5/1/2012

    " Not really my kind of book, but still a great book. Actually saw a play depicting the story, very interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.

About the Narrator

Since her debut in Animal House, Karen Allen has starred in over 20 films; among them are Manhattan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Malcolm X, and The Perfect Storm.