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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Gabra Zackman

Children Ages 10+ • 6 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

A thousand years ago a snake was imprisoned in a jar. In the bayou, a tree grew around it, and the snake's hate grew. Twenty-five years ago lightning struck but did not fell the tree. A drunken father struck and disfigured his son, who ran away and began a life nurtured by hate. Today, a calico cat finds refuge under the man's porch, befriended by his abused hound. Kathi Appelt's first novel defies categorizing. It is a ballad whose music is heard in Gabra Zackman's perfect cadence. She transports the listener back a thousand years to begin the snake's story and interweaves today's tale of an angry, hate-filled man; an abused but loyal hound; and a calico cat and her kittens, making the magic real. N.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2008]



Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0-7435-7208-8 $29.95 • Five CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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