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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
The Aurora County All-Stars

The Aurora County All-Stars

Spring 2008 Audio Book
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
ISBN: 0739348833
CD Price: $30.00
Review:
Author Deborah Wiles, a gifted, respectful observer of childhood, crafted this funny and soulful book from the words of Walt Whitman, a love for baseball and a boy's full heart. In small-town Mississippi, the Aurora County All Stars missed the team's one competitive game the year before due to star pitcher House's broken elbow. Now, the team may miss their chance this year, due to plans for the town's 200th anniversary pageant scheduled for the same day. As friends fall out and the past is shown to have lessons for the present, quiet 12-year-old House finds his voice and the meaning of Whitman's "symphony true"--in the legacy of friendship and compassion left by a mysterious old recluse, and in a sandlot game that exists a world away from steroid scandals and multimillion dollar contracts. "Charlie's Angels" star Kate Jackson is a revelation, her warm and witty performance doing Wiles proud.
Lynne Heffley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.


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