A Certain October
A Certain October
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Annotation: When bland-as-tofu Scotty is faced with an unexpected death, she initially loses touch with herself, but ultimately discovers the flavor she adds to life.
Catalog Number: #423014
Format: Compact Disc
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Publisher: Listening Library
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 3 sound discs (2 hrs., 52 min.)
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8041-2324-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-8041-2324-2
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 4 3/4 in.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up&12; Scotty's entire life changes in a single instant one October afternoon. When the train she, her autistic brother, and a boy from school are riding crashes, only one of them walks away relatively unharmed. Scotty has to heal not only from her own minor injuries, but also from the guilt that weighs her down. The accident left her brother, Keone, in a coma and killed Kris, who had stayed on the train past his stop to help her get Keone home. Though Scotty's friends and family stand by her, she can't forgive herself enough to move on. As she faces a future where her brother may not recover, Scotty seeks out small moments that might bring joy to her life. She decides that even if she can't be happy, she can help her friends find happiness and sets out to help Misha buy the perfect dress and a date for homecoming, and to reunite her friend Falcone with his ex-boyfriend. Along the way, Scotty starts to find some peace and realizes that the accident doesn't have to be the defining point of who she becomes in the future. Young actress Harlie Vaughn narrates Johnson's coming-of-age story (S &; S, 2012), giving it an authentic teen voice and emotional depth. This captivating audiobook will elicit a strong response from even the most reluctant listeners. A solid choice for high school and public libraries where emotionally heavy, realistic tales are in demand. School libraries should be cautioned that there are some sexual references and teen drinking scenes.&12; Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA
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School Library Journal (11/1/13)
Word Count: 23,853
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 153739 / grade: Middle Grades+

Three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson writes a wrenching, honest audiobook about surviving the unimaginable and finding a way to go on. Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it s true that Scotty s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life. With artfully spare prose, acclaimed and award-winning author Angela Johnson explores the ramifications of unexpected death in this compelling coming-of-age story."

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