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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julius Lester Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Siblings Jenna and Jeremy have known for a long time that their parents don't get along. They find out just how bad it is when they are pulled out of class and told their father just shot and killed their mother. Jenna was always her father's favorite, while Jeremy was his mother's. Now a painful silence has fallen between them. They have trouble agreeing on just about everything at a time when they need each other more than ever. Where are they going to live? Who is going to take care of them? Can they have a relationship with their imprisoned father?

Author Julius Lester handles difficult topics with grace and sensitivity. His To Be a Slave was a Newbery Honor Book and a New York Times Book of the Year. Uncompromisingly honest, When Dad Killed Mom is sometimes painful, and perhaps Lester's most moving novel. The emotional depth is enhanced by a skilled dual narration.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abbie | 2/12/2014

    " I was quite little when I read this (probably shouldn't have stole it from my older sister!), so a lot of the stuff horrified me. I didn't understand most of what I was reading, to be honest. But I still loved the book. Even at that age. So when I got older, I decided to re-read it, to see if it indeed was a good book. My younger-self was not wrong. It is a great book! It's one of those books that you just want to read over and over again! Sadly, I don't actually own the book otherwise, I think I'd read it every day! I loved the relationships each child had with their parents. Jenna and Jeremy were so different, but towards the end, became somewhat similar. This story is such a good one, I recommend you read it! Just not when you're only 10 years old! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alyanna | 2/7/2014

    " Imagine one day you are in class then you get called into the office thinking that you might just be in your own trouble then find out that your dad had shot your mom. Well, that's exactly what happened to the Jenna and Jeremy in this book. When Jenna and Jeremy's dad shoots and kills their mom, their lives are profoundly affected beyond just the loss of their mother. As their father sits in jail awaiting trial, Jenna, who was their dad's favorite, and Jeremy, who was their mother's fave, find themselves at odds and unable to agree on anything. Pieces of the puzzle that was their parents' relationship reveal themselves through Rachel's diary that Jeremy finds in her studio, and conversations that Jenna has with Karen, Rachel's best friend. At the trial all is revealed when Jeremy accuses his father of lying and brings out his mother's diary. A deeper story of the sensational title lies more within the book. Descriptions of emotional issues and differing perspectives make for a solid treatment of a tragic situation. I think that this book was immensily violent and emotional, and I don't think that it should really be a book that teens should read. The sequence of even are very well written by Julius Lester and they're very attention catching, once i read the book i could barely put it down. The way the author describes how the events happen in the book is very well written as well, and it's almost as if its really. The events in the book are events that could really happen in real life, in just any ordinary person's life and that's what's scary about reading this book. Reading this book made me really open my eyes to what's out here in life. The secrets that the teen hide in the book, makes the reader also want to keep reading because it's what makes the story more intense. I wouldn't reccommend this book to anyone my age, maybe someone in college because everything in this book is way too much for someone my age to handle. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about domestic violent and anyone who likes to read books who have dynamic characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by NiCoLe | 2/6/2014

    " dont let you dad kill your mom lol but its a good book i love it lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JeAnAi | 1/26/2014

    " SO FAR THE BOOK IS REALLY GOOD IT TALKS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE OF THE TWO KIDS WHO ARE FORCED TO DEAL EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON THEM SUCH AS THEIR DAD IN JAIL AND THEIR MOM IS DEAD BOTH KIDS HAVE A WAY DIFFERENT LOOK ON IT. "

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