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Author: Cris Beam Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781977375490
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Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family.

Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling, as well as a thorough and nuanced analysis of an American institution deeply in need of reform.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A challenging and refreshing read.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Informative, poignant, passionate, and persuasive…Almost certain to generate a sense of urgency in readers to fix a broken system.”

    Huffington Post

  • A very moving, powerful look at a system charged with caring for nearly half a million children across the U.S. Booklist Starred Review
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • An NPR Best Book of 2013
  • A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book of 2013
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
  • An ALA Notable Book of 2014

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About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.