Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes audiobook

Sweeping Up the Heart

By Kevin Henkes
Read by Lisa Flanagan

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982610067

  • ISBN: 9781982610050

  • ISBN: 9781982610074

Runtime: 2.87 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

From two-time Newbery Honor and New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes, this timeless novel about loss, loneliness, and friendship tells the story of the spring break that changes seventh-grader Amelia Albright’s life forever.

Amelia Albright dreams about going to Florida for spring break like everyone else in her class, but her father—a cranky and stubborn English professor—has decided Florida is too much adventure.

Now Amelia is stuck at home with him and her babysitter, the beloved Mrs. O’Brien. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her neighborhood art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother (who died ten years before), the pair embarks on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.

Using crisp, lyrical, literary writing and moments of humor and truth, award-winning author Kevin Henkes deftly captures how it feels to be almost thirteen.

With themes of family, death, grief, creativity, and loyalty, Sweeping Up the Heart is for readers of Kate DiCamillo, Rebecca Stead, Lauren Wolk, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A shimmering novel that touches on human frailty, the consolations of art, and the mysteries of growing up.” Wall Street Journal
“Henkes is the master of quiet yet potent observation, and this slender novel sensitively maps the heart of a girl on the cusp of ‘whatever was still to come.’” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Henkes’s profound understanding of the adolescent heart and mind is evident as always in this story of two twelve-year-olds frustrated by their parents…In economic prose, Henkes evokes the complexity of his characters’ emotions and relationships, and offers a feel-good resolution.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Like a Chinese brush painting made of words, this short novel distills the slow-building impatience of early adolescence down to its essence…Spare, luminous, lovely.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Readers will sympathize with [Amelia] as she negotiates some complicated human dynamics and comes out with more understanding.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Amelia is a winning character: a dreamy, old soul who perfectly displays the naiveté and the wisdom of growing up. Humor and lyrical language buoy the gently somber narrative. Henkes’ latest story is, like most life changes, quiet yet momentous.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Kevin Henkes

Author Bio: Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages, including Lilly’s Purple Plastic PurseChrysanthemum, and Wemberly Worried. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon, a Caldecott Honor for Owen, and a Newbery Honor for Olive’s Ocean. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 2.87
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English