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December Stillness

Mary Downing Hahn

All 15-year-old Kelly McAllister wants to do after high school graduation is attend art school. Academic work isn’t important to her. When she studies at the library with her friends, she sometimes talks so much the librarian kicks her out. After her teacher pressures her to start working on her current events paper, Kelly decides she has to take the assignment seriously. The only trouble is she can’t think of a topic—until she discovers Mr. Weems, a homeless Vietnam vet who spends his days in the library. But writing about his plight isn’t so easy. First she must get to know him. Mary Downing Hahn creates a stirring portrait of a teenager discovering that complex problems require more than simple solutions. Narrator Julie Dretzin fully captures all the joy and despair swirling through this thought-provoking young adult novel.

All 15-year-old Kelly McAllister wants to do after high school graduation is attend art school. Academic work isn’t important to her. When she studies at the library with her friends, she sometimes talks so much the librarian kicks her out. After her teacher pressures her to start working on her current events paper, Kelly decides she has to take the assignment seriously. The only trouble is she can’t think of a topic—until she discovers Mr. Weems, a homeless Vietnam vet who spends his days in the library. But writing about his plight isn’t so easy. First she must get to know him. Mary Downing Hahn creates a stirring portrait of a teenager discovering that complex problems require more than simple solutions. Narrator Julie Dretzin fully captures all the joy and despair swirling through this thought-provoking young adult novel.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

All 15-year-old Kelly McAllister wants to do after high school graduation is attend art school. Academic work isn’t important to her. When she studies at the library with her friends, she sometimes talks so much the librarian kicks her out. After her teacher pressures her to start working on her current events paper, Kelly decides she has to take the assignment seriously. The only trouble is she can’t think of a topic—until she discovers Mr. Weems, a homeless Vietnam vet who spends his days in the library. But writing about his plight isn’t so easy. First she must get to know him. Mary Downing Hahn creates a stirring portrait of a teenager discovering that complex problems require more than simple solutions. Narrator Julie Dretzin fully captures all the joy and despair swirling through this thought-provoking young adult novel.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julie Dretzin

Length:

4h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:05

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:52