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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Crowley Narrator: Lily Rabe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short.

Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries:

  • School (horrendous)
  • Litter patrol (30 minutes daily)
  • Lunch (PB&J and a pickle)
  • Bottle return (Friday only at the Piggly Wiggly)
  • Dame Fiona’s meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00 AM)

The V.O.E. is all about precision.

Merilee does not have time for Biswick O’Connor.

Merilee does not have time for Miss Veraleen Holliday.

He with his annoying factoids and runny nose. She with her shining white shoes as big as sailboats. Both of them strangers who, like the hot desert wind that brings only bad news, blow into town and change everything.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Crowley’s pleasantly smooth prose creates an overall tenderness despite Merilee’s personal need for distance… a gentle touch of magical realism.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A beautifully crafted story that will give children much to talk about.” 


  • “Heart-stirring…This book is marvelous.” 

    Voices of Youth Advocates (starred review) 

  • “An amazing book…one of the finest works in children’s literature to be published this year.” 

    Kilatt (starred review)

  • Book Sense Pick

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 1/8/2011

    " I really didn't know what to think of this book. Too many major events in such a short span of time gave it a really weird narrative quality. Too many dysfunctional characters. I'll be checking with my autism spectrum friends to get their read on the main character's portrayal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vickie | 12/28/2010

    " What a wonderful novel! I loved Merilee, who may be autistic but a high functioning very intelligent one at that. She sums up most of her replies in one work, such as stupendous, wondrous, etc. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 11/7/2010

    " Very well-written book. Won lots of awards and honors. But not written or children. What child is going to read a very introspective book about a girl with Aspergers? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 8/8/2010

    " Aspergers book. Very well done. Small town setting is captured very well. Lots of problem topics and the book drags in spots but worth the read for the great characters. "

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