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6 current holds with 4 total copies.

Summary:

"After the tragic death his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house--a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where "things happen." He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book--a talking thing--who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter." -- Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library OZEKI (Ruth) (Text) 37814003395531 FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 10/12/2021 In transit -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande F Ozeki, R (Text) 35178001856767 New Adult Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 09/22/2021 Checked out 10/30/2021
Hood River County Library FIC OZEKI (Text) 33892100756122 Adult New Books Book None 09/21/2021 On holds shelf -
The Dalles Wasco County Library OZEKI (Text) 33892006684485 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 09/22/2021 Checked out 11/02/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399563645
  • ISBN: 0399563644
  • Physical Description: 548 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York City : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
"After the tragic death his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house--a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where "things happen." He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book--a talking thing--who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Teenage boys > Fiction.
Fathers > Death > Fiction.
Books > Fiction.
Public libraries > Fiction.
Compulsive hoarding > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Magic realist fiction.

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