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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon G. Flake, Sharon Flake Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780545746465
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Bestselling and award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?
And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most unusual and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly realized…An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin perfectly captures ten-year-old Octobia May…Turpin portrays each of the personable boarders, skillfully re-creating men and women—Jewish, black, and white—as independent and distinct individuals…Officer O’Malley is Turpin’s standout character—his accent and personality are pure Irish-American cop! In addition to enjoying an exciting mystery, young listeners will learn about 1950s America. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This story paints a realistic portrait of life for an African American girl in the 1950s…Octobia and other well-rounded characters were enjoyable and the overall plot was exciting.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Children's Title (Ages 8–12)
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About the Author
Author Sharon G. Flake

Sharon Flake is the author of the award-winning novel, The Skin I’m In, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner and has been hailed as the voice of middle-grade youth by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Many of her novels have received Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. Her writing has been applauded for its on-point narrative that explores issues affecting teens from all walks of life. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.