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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,034 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Roxanne Hernandez Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780310412113
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Before You Take a Stand…You’ve Got to Take a Chance.

Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially engaged—on the inside in a private world all his own. In reality he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different.

Ella Reynolds is part of the "in" crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him…the way he is drawn to the music. Then Ella makes a dramatic discovery—she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake.

Ella believes miracles can happen in the most unlikely places and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and Ella's efforts and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/17/2014

    " One of my favorite Karen Kingsbury books EVER! I went to her house for a school event, and they were giving away these books (for free!) to the students. I was excited, and certainly planned on reading it, but when I started it and realized how good the story was, I was ecstatic to have gotten this. One of my favorite books of all time, hands down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs | 1/18/2014

    " Sadly this book portrays what happens in high school today. I just have to talk to my youngest daughter, Kristian, who is a Senior and works with the special needs students to know how they are picked on. She hates it! Having two family members with Autism, and a friend whose son has it I have a very tender heart for those dealing with this. I found myself riding a roller coaster of emotions reading this book. Karen has a way of making you feel right a long with the characters. I was very pleased that Karen included a letter to the reader stating that there were different types of Autism and no reason for why a child would get the disorder. I really appreciated that, as all the hub-bub over immunizations really has had me upset as my daughter just gave birth and was told not to get her daughter immunized because of the "mercury" in the vaccines. I just looked that up and it's not the mercury it is Thimerosal and while it is a mercury containing preservative it has been in vaccines since the 1930's. So, if it was the cause of Autism, we'd all have it. It was removed largely from infant vaccines by the summer of 2001, some vaccines continue to contain non-trace amounts of thiomersal, mainly in multi-dose vaccines targeted against influenza and tetanus. I highly recommend this book, and if you know someone who is dealing with a child with Autism I would give them this book for encouragement! This book is one of my tops for 2010. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randapanda | 1/15/2014

    " This book has become a favorite of mine. I love the romance to the book and they way it was written. The emotions in the book gave me chills and cry at times. Im so glad i found this book. Holden is a kid with autism who meets a girl and she is the bigger person and reaches out to try and connect with Holden in some way. All I can say is that I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/7/2014

    " I really liked the book, would recommend to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Sher | 1/4/2014

    " amazing, life affirmiing, beautiful story of love, memory, hope, and the real us inside. and with an amazing view into the world of autism. could hardly put it down, and when I did, the story never left my thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara R. | 12/11/2013

    " A beautifully touching story that raises awareness of Autism, it's possible causes, and ways to minister to those who have to struggle with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette Mapes | 12/9/2013

    " very good book. I read it quickly. I cried alot. It was real thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 11/27/2013

    " Autism is something that doesn't get enough attention and the author does a good job in trying to bring the subject matter to the forefront. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 11/26/2013

    " An Excellent Book. This was not your usual book on autism. Reading about Holden's situation from different points of view was enlightening. I especially liked hearing from his point of view. He had a beautiful acceptance of people and we could all learn from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/19/2013

    " I LOVED this book! It has taught me that miracles happen! Also I have learned that I want to step away form the teen section and head on over to the chirstian side of barnesandnoble!:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/8/2013

    " This was such an inspirational story! I often like Karen Kingsbury's books but some of them are just amazing and this would be one of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn Gutierrez | 4/24/2013

    " This should be a must read in every high school in America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 9/29/2012

    " I'm not a Karen Kingsbury fan, but I liked this story ok. It took me a while to get into it, but found it inspirational in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Benjamin | 8/24/2012

    " Really a great read. Be ready for some tears! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda Miller | 8/12/2012

    " Awesome book, couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/3/2012

    " i absolutley LOVED this book...it is so inspiring...Ella was able to see Holden how he used to be before the autism took affect in his life...this book has my total approval and recommendation :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaotickitten Box | 3/28/2012

    " This book was heartwarming and wrenching at the same time. I know some will say it is a formula type of story, but hey it works. It made me cry and smile. It also made me take stock of some of my actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Norris | 1/31/2012

    " Loved this message. After having mildly autistic children mainstreamed in my classroom, I could really relate to this story. Well done n "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj | 10/15/2011

    " As a mother of an autistic child, I was amazed at how Ms Kingsbury was able to capture emotions and even show how close friendships changed once the diagnosis came. This is by far one of my ,most favorite books it shows you how having faith can help you through any situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 9/20/2011

    " Excellent story by a superb author. Very touching story of a child with autism breaking out of the chains that bind him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 5/24/2011

    " This is a beautiful story about a boy with autism, and a girl that wants to help him. Sweet story that almost made me cry at the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 5/22/2011

    " There isn't anything Karen Kingsbury writes, has written, or will write that I won't/don't enjoy. She is down-to-earth, and you can really live in the stories she crafts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/22/2011

    " It was a feel-good book and easy to read. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book a lot, knowing full well that it's not a reality for most kids with autism, but it does happen occasionally. I tend to enjoy books that give me hope and Unlocked did just that. I would recommend this book to people who are looking for an uplifting story with a happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 5/20/2011

    " Very disappointed in this book. It was not Karen's best. The characters were either too perfect or just characters. There was no connection with them. The story felt disjointed and unreal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 5/16/2011

    " Loved this book...kept me turning the page to find out what would happen next "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 5/11/2011

    " This was my first Karen Kingsbury book. It was good, a bit sad and her descriptions are sometimes a little over the top. But, I did enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/6/2011

    " As the mother of an Aspergers young man, I found myself crying repeatedly at the gains that Holden made throughout the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 4/14/2011

    " After reading the first few pages I was afraid this book would be too depressing being about a boy with autism. However, I continued reading it and then couldn't put it down. I became so engrossed in it. Really good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 4/10/2011

    " This book is amazing...I would love families from the NLS area to read this...it touches on children with autisim, bullying and suicide... A must read. It will not take a lot of your time, but I think you will enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 4/9/2011

    " A wonderful story about overcoming the pitfalls of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 4/8/2011

    " This was a very inspiring book, reminding me to not give up on a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pen | 4/6/2011

    " This was truly a great story of love and compassion. Raising awareness of autism and bullying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanna | 4/4/2011

    " a great explanation of how a child with Autism feels. It made me realize how lucky I was that we figured out what my son's trigger was to help him unlock and made me thankfull that he didn't get that bad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 4/3/2011

    " Really a great read. Be ready for some tears! "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrator

Roxanne Hernandez is an audio narrator and a top narrator choice for young adult, adult drama, and Latin American/Chicano literature. She was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2011.