Listen by Nancy Coffelt

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Three lives intersect unexpectedly in this unique, compelling story. First there's Will, an eighteen-year-old living alone since his mother died and his drug- and alcohol-addled brother went to jail. Then there's Kurt, a troubled fourteen-year-old loner still reeling after the death of his mother's abusive boyfriend and from his part in it. And finally there's Carrie, a middle-aged schizophrenic who "hears" the thoughts of the abused and neglected neighborhood animals she rescues. When Carrie and Kurt meet, she offers to pay him for each "stray" cat or dog he delivers. But when Carrie's "rescuing" goes too far, events spiral dangerously out of control. Told from alternating viewpoints, Listen is the haunting story of people thrown together by fate, each struggling to come to terms with their harrowing past.

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The author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt loves dogs, and pugs are some of her favorites! She and her two dogs meet up with them on walks and in the park and, yes, have even seen them traveling down the highway in big rigs. Nancy spends her time in Portland, Oregon, having fun with her family, writing books, creating bright oil-pastel artwork for galleries, and, of course, drawing pugs.
Published September 30, 2009 by WestSide Books. 214 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Will, 18, remarkably self-composed and on his own since his alcoholic mother’s recent death, attends school and tutors 14-year-old Kurt, who is trying to put his life back together after his mother’s relationship with an abusive boyfriend came to a horrifying end.

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