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Publisher's Summary

A love letter to books and reading by beloved Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson. 

William hates reading. It’s so boring! Word after word, page after page, chapter after chapter, ugh. So when his local library starts stocking something called a brame - a combination of a book and a game in a jar - he’s intrigued enough to give it a go. He has to nibble the brame pieces, which taste like cardboard and only give a hint to the story, which is fun at first. Who, or what, is Madison? What does “Thursday at Midnight” mean? Chewing the pieces is slow and tedious work - how will William ever get through all the pieces and figure out what this story is about? 

Consuming a story has never been like this.

©2021 Katherine Paterson (P)2021 Audible

About the Creator

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than thirty books including eighteen novels for children and young people. Her newest book Birdie's Bargain will be published by Candlewick in the fall of 2021. Katherine Paterson has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Medal in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, the NSK Neustadt Award in 2007, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2013, and the E.B White Award in 2019. In 2000 she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

About the Creator

Barrett Leddy is an actor, singer, and comedian based in Brooklyn. He has voiced audiobook titles for Audible Studios, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins. His work has earned him both an Audie Award and two Voice Arts Awards. He has starred in two audiobook musicals, SPIN: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical and Puss in Boots, opposite the legendary Jim Dale. His animation and video game work includes Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, 44 Cats, Duel Links, and Earth Defense Force: World Brothers. As a singer, he has appeared in concert at Symphony Space and 54 Below.

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Great short story!

When I saw Katherine Paterson's name on this, I jumped! I love her so much and am glad she's still writing. This will be a fun listen with the kids on our long weekend trip. The narrator does great voices, and the story is delightful! Be careful what you wish for...

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not that great

OK, not a lot of substance to the story, would not choose again, listened free.

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Confused

It ends without telling us the story, although it had a good theme. The theme is “if things aren’t normal you’ll get confused.”

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Fantastic story & listening experience!

I'm a HUGE Katherine Paterson fan, so I was super excited when I saw this coming from Audible. As a lover of all things reading, I loved the premise - a boy thinks he's bored of what's in the library, so he seeks out something new and different. This story did not disappoint!

The narrator's performance was super engaging and brought Ms. Paterson's words to life. The voices were great throughout and the story flew by. This title manages to be entertaining and heartwarming all at once. I can't wait to recommend this book to friends!

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Wtf? I’m sorry this was dumb

I’m all about the feel of real books and pages but I feel like I just wasted 40 minutes listening to this

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cute

i loved it.even as a adult this is unique and creative.love the idea of such

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Cool

You have to put the story together. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Annoying Narrator

The narrator was terrible. His voice was as annoying as the story. I was disappointed because I like Katherine Patterson.

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Left feeling Nauseous

It was a very short story that felt like it was only partially written. Almost as if the author had gotten distracted midstory then remembered to say "the end" and hit submit. Not at all worth the 29 or so minutes listening. Sounds as if they wanted to call out a spoiled ungrateful child.... save your readers the trouble and reprimand the kid; don't write a short story about it.