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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J OSH (Text) 33500013223680 New Checked out 06/03/2020
Breckenridge Public Library J OSH (Text) 33500013223698 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984893833
  • ISBN: 1984893831
  • ISBN: 9781984893840
  • ISBN: 198489384X
  • Physical Description: 282 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

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"This is a Borzoi Book".
Summary, etc.:
Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him. Until the day she hears that laugh--his laugh--pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart? But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family--the kind you choose for yourself.-- Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane is a collector of sounds, the most treasured of which is the voice of the father she has never met on an old cell phone that belongs to her mother. One day, she hears her father's voice on a radio show announcing he is judging a singing contest in Nashville, Tennessee. To Maybelle, this is the sound of fate, and she impulsively signs up for the contest without knowing how she'll get to Nashville or who will take her, since her mom is away working on a cruise ship in the Bahamas. Thus begins a road trip from Louisiana to Tennessee with two of her neighbors, who agree to take her—the stern yet kind Mrs. Boggs and Tommy O'Brien, the neighborhood bully. The zany ups and downs of this story will have readers cheering for Maybelle, even when things do not go the way she planned. O'Shaughnessy creates a whimsical world where words and sounds carry everyday magic in her debut novel. Hand to fans of Kate DiCamillo. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

KATE O'SHAUGHNESSY's love of reading and writing stories began in early childhood and only grew stronger. She has been a chef, earned a fellowship with the Yale Sustainable Food Program, and backpacked around the world. She and her husband live in Berkeley, CA. You can read more about her at and follow her on twitter at @kloshaughnessy.

Subject: Absentee fathers > Juvenile fiction.
Singing > Juvenile fiction.
Contests > Juvenile fiction.
Loneliness > Juvenile fiction.
Travel > Juvenile fiction.
Courage > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Absentee fathers > Fiction.
Singing > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Loneliness > Fiction.
Travel > Fiction.
Courage > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Family > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship.
Absentee fathers.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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