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One-Handed Catch

by M.J. Auch

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It’s the Fourth of July, 1946, and eleven year old Norm Schmidt is as excited about it as any kid, especially with America swept up in the joyous optimism that followed the end of World War II. But before the celebrating can begin, there’s work to be done in his father’s butcher shop, and in a careless moment Norm suffers a tragic accident that could put an end to all his dreams.

But like the country he is part of, Norm is a fighter—the kind of kid who won’t let a simple thing like losing a hand keep him from trying to do the things he loves.

In this inspiring story—based closely on the childhood of her own husband—author MJ Auch reminds us what guts and grit mean, and how even a kid with only one hand can still grab life by the throat.

A 2008 BOOKLIST EDITOR'S CHOICE AUDIO BOOK!

A 2009 AUDIE AWARD FINALIST

AUDIOFILE EARPHONES AWARD

One-Handed Catch
 
Audie Award Finalist

Product Details:
Availability:  In Stock – Ready for Shipping
Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  Library Edition     08010CDB     978-1-934180-16-7     n/a     Six CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  5¾ hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1In the opening minutes of the book we hear Norm and Leon planning to set off their 4th of July fireworks. The big band style music you hear was composed specifically for this recording by Todd Hobin, our resident musical genius.. (2:52, about 3.3)
Sample 2Norm and his father leave to visit the warehouse district in Stanford. (3:05, about 3.5)

Click here to see photos from the production of One-Handed Catch
Reviews:
"Listening to this book is like falling into a Norman Rockwell painting and getting to live among genuine post-war Americans. Narration by Ryan Sparkes and the Full Cast Family is enjoyable and well done. Period music and an interview with the author and her husband, whose childhood inspired the novel, add to this superior production."
    — School Library Journal November, 2008
 
"The Full Cast team of readers energizes this historical fiction with superior narration. Particularly noteworthy are teenager Ryan Sparkes as Norm, David Baker as his father (who speaks in a slight German accent), Kate Huddleston as his mother, and Navzad Dabu as his best friend. The story is accompanied by big-band music, reminiscent of the era and old-time radio shows.... A stirring interview with the author and her husband, Herm, the inspiration for the story, is a fine bonus to this recommended title, which is perfect for family car trips. "
    — Booklist December 1, 2008   Starred Review
 
"Ryan Sparkes captures Norm's myriad emotions in a clear, precise delivery, and his voice is appealing. Secondary characters are equally strong. Listeners will feel this story is immediate and heartfelt, but never sappy."
Earphones Award
    — Audiofile
 

Meet the Cast:

Herm AuchMr. Schneider
M.J. AuchMrs. Schneider
David BakerDad
Janine BostickLady at the beach
Nathan Glyn BostickBoy at the beach
Zach ColtonGordie
Bruce CovilleMr. Palmer
Navzad DabuLeon
Leonard FonteMr. Margolus
Alec FunicelloEddie
Cameron HillCharlie
Kate HuddlestonMom
Andrea LeonardMiss Bean
John MacriMr. Locke
Bill MoleskyDr. Zeigler
Alice MorigiMrs. Baumgartner
Daniel PoormanOlder Bill
Brian PringleDr. Cupernail
Aidan ProcopioCarl
Collin PurcellRonnie
Ryan SparkesNarrator
Norm
Hanna SweetEllie
Shannon TompkinsMiss Albright
Directed by:Daniel Bostick
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