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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Narrator: James Colby Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The William S. Baggett Series Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781440774294
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Edgar nominee Zilpha Keatley Snyder is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, and her book The Unseen was named as both a School Library Journal Best Book and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Winner. In William S. and the Great Escape, Snyder pens a middle-grade adventure sure to be ranked with her very best.

Twelve-year-old William S. Baggett is one of eight Baggett children, and he is ready to escape his negligent family. Since his very first day of school in 1931, he has been saving up money to run away. That’s exactly what he does—along with three of his younger siblings—after his older brothers flush a pet guinea pig down the toilet. The four children are headed to their aunt Fiona’s house, but the trip doesn’t go exactly as planned—especially when a lonely rich girl decides to “help” them. Will they ever make it to Aunt Fiona’s? And if they do, will she let them stay?

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/18/2013

    " Interesting story -- depression era, four kids running away from an abusive dad and their adventures. Good use of the Tempest, though the font drove me nuts. In the end, was just okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 miaaa | 11/13/2013

    " If you have a very dysfunctional family, the only way to cope is either to build walls around you or simply to run away. As said by the author, sometimes you need to run away to find home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana Starnes | 11/1/2013

    " Enjoyed, read in 2 days...curiousity will keep you reading this book. When things seem to be at their worst, help arrives and all is well.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Hargrave | 10/18/2013

    " An action filled story about William, Jancy, Trixie and Buddy who don't fit in with their family (who does abuse them) and decide to run away. Good obstacles to overcome, humorous parts, and even some Shakespeare. A fun historical adventure for tweens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 9/18/2013

    " Four children from a terrible family of ten decide to run away from home and live with their aunt 100 miles away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JennLynn | 12/27/2012

    " A boy helps his three younger siblings ecape their abusive home to their aunt's house during the 1930's. B "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/26/2012

    " This is a bit of a feel-good story at times, but I absolutely love these characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/7/2012

    " I'll try something else by the author. This just didn't grab me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 10/20/2011

    " Had a very old-fashioned feel. The story itself is set in 1930's and makes a good tame adventure. The narrator was good and well-suited to the part. The story was a little predictable and tame so I think a younger audience would enjoy it best (upper elementary rather than middle-school). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilyann | 7/24/2011

    " I've loved Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books since I was a kid. Addresses issues such as domestic violence and child abuse, but ultimately a hopeful story of determined siblings who love and watch out for each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 6/28/2011

    " Touching and original young adult fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/24/2011

    " An action filled story about William, Jancy, Trixie and Buddy who don't fit in with their family (who does abuse them) and decide to run away. Good obstacles to overcome, humorous parts, and even some Shakespeare. A fun historical adventure for tweens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 10/3/2010

    " Enjoyed, read in 2 days...curiousity will keep you reading this book. When things seem to be at their worst, help arrives and all is well.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilyann | 7/11/2010

    " I've loved Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books since I was a kid. Addresses issues such as domestic violence and child abuse, but ultimately a hopeful story of determined siblings who love and watch out for each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/16/2010

    " Had a very old-fashioned feel. The story itself is set in 1930's and makes a good tame adventure. The narrator was good and well-suited to the part. The story was a little predictable and tame so I think a younger audience would enjoy it best (upper elementary rather than middle-school). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 12/2/2009

    " Four children from a terrible family of ten decide to run away from home and live with their aunt 100 miles away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/9/2009

    " Interesting story -- depression era, four kids running away from an abusive dad and their adventures. Good use of the Tempest, though the font drove me nuts. In the end, was just okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/29/2009

    " I'll try something else by the author. This just didn't grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/16/2009

    " This is a bit of a feel-good story at times, but I absolutely love these characters. "

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About the Author
Author Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, William S. and the Great Escape, and William’s Midsummer Dreams. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

About the Narrator

James Colby was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, as James Leo Colby in 1961. He is an actor and published narrator known for his readings of Fight Club, Best Friends Forever, and Fenway Fever. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.