The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E. L. Konigsburg audiobook

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

By E. L. Konigsburg
Read by Edward Herrmann

Simon & Schuster Audio
5.17 Hours 1
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"ninety percent of who you are is invisible." Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But Amedeo has a secret, a dream: More than anything in the world, he wants to discover something -- a place, a process, even a fossil -- some treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would also like to discover a true friend to share these things with. William Wilcox seems like an unlikely candidate for friendship: an aloof boy who is all edges and who owns silence the way other people own words. When Amedeo and William find themselves working together on a house sale for Amedeo's eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Zender, Amedeo has an inkling that both his wishes may come true. For Mrs. Zender's mansion is crammed with memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every piece. Soon the boys find themselves caught up in one particular story -- a story that links a sketch, a young boy's life, an old man's reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi Germany. It's a story that will take them to the edge of what they know about heroism and the mystery of the human heart. Two-time Newbery winner E. L. Konigsburg spins a magnificent tale of art, discovery, friendship, history, and truth.

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Summary

Summary

"ninety percent of who you are is invisible."

Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But Amedeo has a secret, a dream: More than anything in the world, he wants to discover something -- a place, a process, even a fossil -- some treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would also like to discover a true friend to share these things with.

William Wilcox seems like an unlikely candidate for friendship: an aloof boy who is all edges and who owns silence the way other people own words. When Amedeo and William find themselves working together on a house sale for Amedeo's eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Zender, Amedeo has an inkling that both his wishes may come true. For Mrs. Zender's mansion is crammed with memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every piece. Soon the boys find themselves caught up in one particular story -- a story that links a sketch, a young boy's life, an old man's reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi Germany. It's a story that will take them to the edge of what they know about heroism and the mystery of the human heart.

Two-time Newbery winner E. L. Konigsburg spins a magnificent tale of art, discovery, friendship, history, and truth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A enthralling tale.” Barnes & Noble editorial review
“This humorous, poignant, tragic, and mysterious story has intertwining plots that peel away like the layers of an onion.” School Library Journal
“Edward Herrmann is an unobtrusive narrator. He lets Konigsburgs distinctive characters share their story.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: E. L. Konigsburg

Author Bio: E. L. Konigsburg

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal in 1968; in the same year, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later, she won another Newbery Medal for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdales. She wrote Silent to the Bone in 2000, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Konigsburg lives in north Florida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.17
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English