Whistling Past the Graveyard

"Crandall delivers big... Starla is an endearing character..." - Kirkus Reviews

By Susan Crandall Read By Amy Rubinate English, Unabridged 11h 18m Sell Sheet Also available on
Whistling Past the Graveyard (Unabridged) - Susan Crandall
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9 Audio CDs July 2, 2013 $59.99 $47.99 Add to Cart
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Description

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's home. Mamie is the nearest thing to family Starla has. After being put on restriction yet again for her sassy mouth, Starla is caught sneaking out. She fears Mamie will make good on her threat to send Starla to reform school, so Starla walks to the outskirts of town, and just keeps walking. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio embarks on a road trip that will change Starla's life forever. She sees for the first time life as it really is - as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

Reviews

Earphones Award winner. "Listeners will be captivated from the first sentence spoken by 9-year-old Starla Claudelle. It's true that Amy Rubinate should get the credit for the narration, but it's so perfect and seamless that the listener is only aware of Starla. Rubinate is perfect with every voice, telling a story that paints a vivid picture of America's past, both bad and good." - AudioFile Magazine

"Starla's fiery independence makes her a likable narrator." - Publishers Weekly

"It's not easy to keep such a young narrator convincing for more than 300 pages... Readers will take to Starla and be caught up in her story." - Booklist

"A coming-of-age story as well as a luminous portrait of courage and the bonds of friendship... Susan Crandall tells young Starla's story with pitch-perfect tone, evoking 1963 Mississippi and its struggles with a deft hand. I laughed and cried at Starla's keen observances of life and family and the sometimes blurred edges of justice. Like Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Whistling Past the Graveyard is destined to become a classic." - Karen White, New York Times bestselling author