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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Willis Holt Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer, which is full of big changes.

It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianna | 2/17/2014

    " We read this book for a school project. After we read it we watched the movie. It was completely different then the book. But overall this book was really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 2/16/2014

    " a sweet, quick read. I see a lot of bad reviews for this book here. not sure why many have low opinions of this book. it was easy and light dealing with heavy issues. it's rated for middle school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John rice | 2/3/2014

    " this book is injoyable so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami | 1/27/2014

    " A fat boy comes to a small town during the Vietnam war. The town learns how to be more tolerant with each other. Two boys learn how to lean on each other in a time of crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shayla | 1/27/2014

    " I can see why the book earned an award . It is a good coming of age story. It touches on with issues like losing a loved one to war and feeling abandoned by parents. It is very dated. Everything takes place when there were bell bottoms and the Vietnam war. Also issues like parents leaving their children aren't so rare anymore. Its almost offensive how they talk about Zachary Beaver and not very PC anymore. While slow to start, I liked where the book eventually ended up and think it is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 1simms_christina | 1/13/2014

    " I thought this book was okay, but not great. Toby and his friend Cal's lifes change one summer. Zachary Beaver comes to their small town. When Cal's brother joins the army who knows what will happen? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa M | 12/22/2013

    " Historic fiction, no bad language or immoral behavior, but there is (chaste) young love; seperation/divorce; and death (not graphic). I would say it would interest those in grades 5-7 or so. Nice sense of time and place (Texas, 1960's). Good moral lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eirik | 12/7/2013

    " It wasn't the best book in the world, but I guess it was ok. I recommend this book to people who like books about life or things like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura F | 12/6/2013

    " Excellent YA book that incorporates the Vietnam War and overweight kids. I have used this book as a novel study with 6th graders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 11/28/2013

    " This book made me cry. As annoying as Zachary Beaver can be in this story, he is just a hurting kid who needs a friend. There is heartbreak in this book, but also friendship and love. I think boys especially would like to read this funny yet touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 11/2/2013

    " Just a fun little quick read! It's a YA book, but I wanted to read it, and it was a good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taylor | 4/13/2013

    " This is a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 11/27/2012

    " A really great story with lots of heart and endearing characters. A book I will gladly recommend to grade school kids and anyone who enjoys books like Because of Winn Dixie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sana Qamar | 10/3/2012

    " I really liked this book. It had a really good lesson in the end of don't judge people on looks. I would highly recommend this book to people in 7th grade or higher. Is book is great for both boys and girls. I also enjoyed watching the movie of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Antonio | 6/29/2012

    " Suck Suck Suck Suck Suck Suck Suck "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amia House | 5/4/2012

    " I liked the book although it was kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise Noorda | 3/15/2012

    " This was a delightful young adult book. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donut Love | 9/22/2011

    " I appreciated this book a lot more the second time reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/2/2011

    " I don't know how I missed this book back when it became a Newbery honor book. I LOVED it. Well written about sensitive issues. Would love to read and discuss it with kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 5/18/2011

    " I think this book had a very good plot line about friends and family. although there were some slow parts, it was a very entertaining book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/17/2011

    " Pre-read this to see if I want to use it for my English classes next year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 5/9/2011

    " I thought this books was.. cute :) "

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

    " This book gave a good sense of what family is all about. It shows friendship too. This book was a definitely a good book. It did have some slow parts, but other than that, it was a great book with a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex-wa | 4/29/2011

    " I read this book about 3 or 4 years ago, and I must admit that I don't remember very much about it. But I do remember liking it, so why not add it? ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/4/2011

    " This book was interesting, some parts really annoyed me like Zachary's personality and stuff like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 4/4/2011

    " This book made me cry. As annoying as Zachary Beaver can be in this story, he is just a hurting kid who needs a friend. There is heartbreak in this book, but also friendship and love. I think boys especially would like to read this funny yet touching story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amia | 3/29/2011

    " I liked the book although it was kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 3/29/2011

    " Very good book! It was defanitley interesting! I wouldn't exactly pick it out...I was kinda forced by Mrs.Butler! But anyway thanks for that because 1. I need practice reading and 2. It was decent and good...Anyway if you like realistic fiction you will like it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/16/2011

    " I'm not sure if is the link to the Texas Panhandle (my childhood home), my connection with the outcast character who finds friends, or the fact that it is just a great story, but this is one of my favorite all-time books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 3/8/2011

    " One of the best young adult books I've ever read. It's like Gilbert Grape meets the Wonder Years. LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent705 | 2/13/2011

    " This is a great book for those who arent for a lot of crazy action. REgardless, great book with a lot of issues that can realate to the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2011

    " A powerful look at our society! "

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About the Author
Author Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series and several award-winning novels, including Part of Me, Keeper of the Night, My Louisiana Sky, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. A former Navy brat, she lived all over the world as a child, and now resides in West Texas with her family.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.