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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,071 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Coolidge Narrator: Susan O’Malle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Twelve-year-old Katy Carr was always dreaming of the time when something would happen to make her famous. But when it does happen, it’s not at all what she wants.

This is the moving story of how Katy Carr overcomes her tragic accident and learns to be as loving and as patient as the beautiful invalid, Helen.

Susan Coolidge’s famous story, set in the small nineteenth-century American town of Burnet, has charmed generations of children all around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For children of the right age and temperament, Katy’s interior journey will continue to exert the fascination it has held for so many over the last 140 years.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Not even Miss Alcott apprehends child nature with finer sympathy, or pictures its nobler traits with more skill.”

    Boston Daily Advertiser, 1899

  • “Susan Coolidge has always possessed the affection of her young readers, for it seems as if she had the happy instinct of planning stories that each girl would like to act out in reality.”

     The Critic, 1899

  • “This is the moral side of the story; but its great charm to the little people will lie in the graphic picture of the life of Katy and her five brothers and sisters, before Katy’s accident took place. Not even Miss Alcott herself could have given more vivid pictures of children’s good times and sad scrapes than are in the first half of this story.”

    Century Magazine, 1873

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sophia | 2/13/2014

    " I don't know how I missed this in childhood, when I read most of the Victorian/Edwardian "good invalid" books -- Little Women, The Birds' Christmas Carol, Pollyanna -- but I guess I've read it now. Too bad about the super-preachy moralism in the last third, because the first part of the book is about real children behaving realistically, reminding me of the best of L.M. Montgomery or Laura Ingalls Wilder. The children are charming and fun, kind of like the Five Little Peppers except not poor, and I would much rather have read more about their adventures than about the School of Pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/10/2014

    " A book that inspired me as a child. A great storyline that was brilliantly told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by NJ Gatehouse | 2/7/2014

    " This was one of my favourtie books when I was a child and it still is. I find it to be an inspirational and uplifting story, it's one that I often think about when I'm feeling down and that I often recommend to friends who also have fibromyalgia. I still have my copy of this book and I love reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nawal | 1/29/2014

    " I bought this book when I was 10 and I instantly fell in love with it. I felt like Katy was me; the eldest child, a bit unruly and always doing things without thinking about the consquence. Plus she was so much fun. The way she dealt with her accident was so realistic and uplifting and it helped her mature alot. However it did sadden me because I felt like she growing up without me as I was still 10. It is definately a must read. "

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