Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake audiobook

Unstoppable Octobia May

By Sharon G. Flake
Read by Bahni Turpin

Scholastic Inc, Scholastic Audio Books 9780545609609
6.35 Hours Unabridged
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Bestselling and award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family. Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism? And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most unusual and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey

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Summary

Summary

Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Children's Title (Ages 8–12)

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Bestselling and award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?
And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most unusual and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly realized…An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Bahni Turpin perfectly captures ten-year-old Octobia May…Turpin portrays each of the personable boarders, skillfully re-creating men and women—Jewish, black, and white—as independent and distinct individuals…Officer O’Malley is Turpin’s standout character—his accent and personality are pure Irish-American cop! In addition to enjoying an exciting mystery, young listeners will learn about 1950s America. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“This story paints a realistic portrait of life for an African American girl in the 1950s…Octobia and other well-rounded characters were enjoyable and the overall plot was exciting.” School Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Sharon G. Flake

Author Bio: Sharon G. Flake

Sharon Flake is the author of the award-winning novel, The Skin I’m In, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner and has been hailed as the voice of middle-grade youth by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Many of her novels have received Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. Her writing has been applauded for its on-point narrative that explores issues affecting teens from all walks of life. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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Author Bio: Sharon Flake

Author Bio: Sharon Flake

Sharon G. Flake won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I’m In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. Beloved by children and adults, critics and booksellers, librarians and teachers, she is the author of six books for yourng adults that have sold more than half a million copies. The mother of a college-age daughter, Flake writes full time from her home in Pitsburgh.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English