05-01-05

2hrs 32min

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05-01-05

2hrs 32min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Description

“This touching story is well written and avoids many of the clichés usually found in fiction dealing with faith…Walker’s homespun style fits her quirky, appealing characters…This gem of a book deserves a wide audience.” VOYA

At twelve years old, Amelia Forrest has a lot to pray for: improving her poor grades, mending a strained relationship with her mama, and, most importantly, absolving her guilt over the role she played in her daddy’s plane crash. Except that in the year since he died, Amelia has stopped believing in anything. Not prayer. Not miracles. And certainly not the crackpot visions of an ex-convict named Brother Mustard Seed who suddenly appeared at their door claiming to have contact with her daddy.

So when Mama invites him to live with them, it stirs up all sorts of trouble—as well as a deep sorrow that Amelia thought she had put to rest.

By turns sassy and lyrical and wise, Pray Hard is exceptional storytelling from an original new voice.

Praise

“This touching story is well written and avoids many of the clichés usually found in fiction dealing with faith…Walker’s homespun style fits her quirky, appealing characters…This gem of a book deserves a wide audience.” VOYA

“Capturing both Amelia’s and her mother’s sorrow, Gavin presents these characters’ raw emotions and shares their mourning with the listener…This is a must listen for anyone who has experienced profound loss of a parent.” AudioFile

“[A] multilayered story told in the memorable Kentucky voice of twelve-year-old Amelia Forrest…Walker juggles numerous plot elements with the skill of a more experienced writer, while effectively showcasing larger themes such as belief and death…A fine debut from a writer to watch.” Booklist

“Explores the jumbled, quasi-mystical connections between belief and bravery, laughter and letting go…The book’s twangy first person narrative keeps the reader engaged to the touching, tear-inducing end.” Kirkus Reviews

“Reader Gavin invokes just enough of a Kentuckian accent to give this a lively spark…She makes all the characters, male and female, old and young, credible…An entertaining, realistic story about dealing with grief.” Kliatt

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Language English
Release Day Apr 30, 2005
Release Date May 1, 2005
Release Date Machine 1114905600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Children/YA, Children's Books
Author Bio
Pamela Walker

Pamela Walker was born and raised in Scottsville, Kentucky. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a school librarian, an editor, and a freelance writer. She currently lives in Scottsville, Kentucky. Pray Hard is her first novel.

Narrator Bio
Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. She has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”

Overview

At twelve years old, Amelia Forrest has a lot to pray for: improving her poor grades, mending a strained relationship with her mama, and, most importantly, absolving her guilt over the role she played in her daddy’s plane crash. Except that in the year since he died, Amelia has stopped believing in anything. Not prayer. Not miracles. And certainly not the crackpot visions of an ex-convict named Brother Mustard Seed who suddenly appeared at their door claiming to have contact with her daddy.

So when Mama invites him to live with them, it stirs up all sorts of trouble—as well as a deep sorrow that Amelia thought she had put to rest.

By turns sassy and lyrical and wise, Pray Hard is exceptional storytelling from an original new voice.

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