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*Eggs* by Jerry Spinelli, narrated by Suzanne Toren and Cassandra Morris- young readers fantasy book review
Also by Jerry Spinelli:

Today I Will
by Jerry Spinelli, narrated by Suzanne Toren and Cassandra Morris
Ages 9-12 Hachette Audio June 2007 Unabridged audio CD    

When nine-year-old David’s mother dies in a freak accident, he is sent to live with his grandmother since his father spends a lot of time traveling for his job. While grandmothers are great to visit, things change when they are there to take the place of your mother. In unbearable pain from his loss, he vows to never make any friends, never break any rules (his mothers’ death occurred because someone wasn’t doing their job according to the “rules”), and never see the sunrise (he and his mother were supposed to do that together the morning after she died).

Things change, however, when he attends an Easter egg hunt and stumbles upon the dead body of a girl. Placed on her beautiful red lips is an Easter egg. David is strangely unafraid as he replaces the egg and rearranges the leaves around her. He watches the paper for the next few days but sees nothing about the police finding a body in the park. Then, when David is at the library a few days later, he sees the same girl with her eyes closed, as though she were sleeping through storytime. David soon learns her name is Primrose and that she is thirteen years old. While at first glance this may seem like an unlikely pairing, Primrose and David soon form an explosive friendship.

Primrose’s mother is a fortune-teller, and not necessarily a good one. When David meets Primrose, she is renovating an old van in her yard as her own home, embarrassed by her mother and denying her existence.

With one child wishing desperately for the mother he no longer has and a father who is barely visible in his life, and the other searching for the father she never had and haunted by the mother she does, the bond that forms between them is both therapeutic and tumultuous.

As Primrose begins to lure David from his shell, he begins to allow himself to break some rules and make a friend, but will he ever be strong enough to view a sunset? In this beautiful and heartbreaking audio, you will feel both the joys and the pain of childhood and the journey two kids endure to find the strength to let love in again.

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