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Author: Augusta Scattergood Narrator: Michael Crouch Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780545788717
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When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he's left behind the only life he's ever known. Now he's got to live with Uncle Chester, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole's Boarding House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister's dance hall calls to Theo. He can't wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town's connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its name.

Acclaimed author Augusta Scattergood has delivered a straight-to-the-heart story with unforgettable characters, humor, and hard questions about loss, family, and belonging.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Set in the 1970s, the town of Destiny is awash in steamy southern atmosphere and baseball history—Hank Aaron and others are purported to have stayed and practiced there. The cast of lively characters, including spunky Anabel who befriends Theo, come to life under author Scattergood’s talented hand. A heartwarming story of friendship, family, and finding one’s place in the world despite hardship and heartache.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Just when Theo feels that his destiny is at his fingertips, Uncle Raymond threatens to uproot him again. With an eye and ear for period details and dialogue, Scattergood builds a cast of memorable, realistically flawed characters in an affecting story about holding on to one’s dreams.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Soft-spoken Michael Crouch is masterful at creating character voices, even differentiating accents between the transplanted Kentuckians and the native Floridians. His likable Theo and kindly Miss Sister contrast sharply with the brooding and taciturn Uncle Raymond…[A] strong production. Don’t skip the author’s afterword.”


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About the Author

Augusta Scattergood grew up in a small town in Mississippi. She is a former school librarian, a current book reviewer, and an avid blogger. She has devoted her life and career to getting books into the hands of young readers. Glory Be, her debut novel, received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for her region.

About the Narrator

Michael Crouch is an actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, and Best of the Year accolades from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.