The Ethan I Was Before

By Ali Standish
Read by Kirby Heyborne

7.43 Hours 01/24/2017 unabridged
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Life can be transformed in one moment. But does that one moment define you for life? Ethan used to be many things—skateboarder, Red Sox fan, sidekick to his big brother, Roddie. Always up for a laugh, always willing to accept a dare, and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Now Ethan just wants to escape from painful memories of the accident that cost him everything. When he and his family move from Boston to the small seaside town of Palm Knot, Georgia (the Hidden Jewel of the South), he doesn’t know what he’ll find there. The last thing he expects is to make a new friend. That is, until he meets Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories—a girl who may just give Ethan the second chance he needs. But Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets, and Coralee’s are catching up with her. Can Ethan really trust Coralee, or could what she’s hiding be putting both their lives at risk? Ali Standish’s captivating debut is a stirring tale of friendship, forgiveness, and, ultimately, hope.

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Summary

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Life can be transformed in one moment. But does that one moment define you for life?

Ethan used to be many things—skateboarder, Red Sox fan, sidekick to his big brother, Roddie. Always up for a laugh, always willing to accept a dare, and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Kacey.

But that was before.

Now Ethan just wants to escape from painful memories of the accident that cost him everything. When he and his family move from Boston to the small seaside town of Palm Knot, Georgia (the Hidden Jewel of the South), he doesn’t know what he’ll find there. The last thing he expects is to make a new friend.

That is, until he meets Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories—a girl who may just give Ethan the second chance he needs. But Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets, and Coralee’s are catching up with her. Can Ethan really trust Coralee, or could what she’s hiding be putting both their lives at risk?

Ali Standish’s captivating debut is a stirring tale of friendship, forgiveness, and, ultimately, hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully told…Part mystery, part adventure, and totally heartwarming.” Han Nolan, National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge
“This debut audiobook will grab listeners’ hearts and not let go…Narrator Kirby Heyborne is extraordinary in the way he inhabits the character of twelve-year-old Ethan, vocal cracks and all. He gives listeners the sense of eavesdropping on his innermost thoughts as he slowly finds his way back to the Ethan he was before. He voices Grandpa Ike with just the right balance of crustiness and compassion and gives tones of believable frustration mixed with longing to big brother Roddie, who had to leave girlfriend and dreams of baseball stardom behind. A perfect listening experience! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Readers will be riveted as Ethan, his family, and other well-developed characters face the somber realities of life head on.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An uplifting book that explores the way grief evolves through the power of remembrance.” Booklist
“A deft balance between storytelling and accessible reflection for the middle-school reader.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Author

Author Bio: Ali Standish

Ali Standish grew up in North Carolina and spent several years as an educator in the Washington, DC, public school system. She has an MFA in children’s writing from Hollins University and an MPhil in children’s literature from the University of Cambridge.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.43
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English