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  • Written by Audrey Couloumbis
    Read by Mischa Barton
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Getting Near to Baby

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On Sale: August 12, 2008
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Willa Joe is up on the roof at Aunt Patty's house. She went up to see the sunrise, and Little Sister followed her, like she always does. But by
mid-morning, Willa Jo is still up on that roof, and she knows it wasn't just the sunrise that brought her there. Audrey Couloumbis has perfectly
captured the pervasive feelings that can take hold when tragedy strikes–and the slow, subtle revelations that come when one can finally get near to the source.


Things don't feel right here.

I want to open my eyes in the morning to see my very own wallpaper with the tiny blue flowers and pink rosebuds. Aunt Patty does not believe in putting up wallpaper, not even in the bathroom. She says mold grows behind it.

I want Mom to read to us for an hour before bedtime, all of us in a clump like alligators in the sun so we can all look at the pictures together. Aunt Patty tucks us into bed before it is even full dark. We want our mom. We're worried about her having to sleep all alone. We worry that she doesn't eat right, now that she doesn't have us to feed. We miss her.

I hear Aunt Patty's bossy voice, rousing Uncle Hob out of his bed. She's telling him he has to come outside to order us down. Or to plead with us, whichever he thinks will work. That sad feeling I have hardens into a mad feeling and I don't think I'll ever get down off this roof. I'll stay here till kingdom comes.
Audrey Couloumbis

About Audrey Couloumbis

Audrey Couloumbis - Getting Near to Baby
Audrey Couloumbis is the author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winner, Getting Near to Baby.


WINNER 2000 Newbery Honor Books

  • Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis
  • August 12, 2008
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Listening Library (Audio)
  • $10.00
  • 9780739371916

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