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Getting Near to Baby

Getting Near to Baby

(1999)
A novel by

 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
A Southern charmer for fans of Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Audrey Couloumbis's masterful debut novel brings to mind Karen Hesse, Katherine Paterson, and Betsy Byars's The Summer of the Swans - it is a story you will never forget.

Willa Jo and Little Sister are up on the roof at Aunt Patty's house. Willa Jo went up to watch the sunrise, and Little Sister followed, like she always does. But by mid-morning, they are still up on that roof, and soon it's clear it wasn't just the sunrise that brought them there.

The trouble is, coming down would mean they'd have to explain, and they just can't find the words.

This is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, story about sisters, about grief, and about healing. Two girls must come to terms with the death of their baby sister, their mother's unshakable depression, and the ridiculously controlling aunt who takes them in and means well but just doesn't understand children. Willa Jo has to try and make things right in their new home, but she and Aunt Patty keep butting heads. Until the morning the two girls climb up to the roof of her house. Aunt Patty tries everything she can think of to get them down, but in the end, the solution is miraculously simple.

A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year


 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 1-4395-0290-0 / 978-1-4395-0290-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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August 2001 : USA Turtleback
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-606-21210-8 / 978-0-606-21210-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-613-44208-3 / 978-0-613-44208-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-7569-0840-X / 978-0-7569-0840-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Getting Near to Baby (Thorndike Juvenile)
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-7862-2705-2 / 978-0-7862-2705-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Getting Near to Baby (Newbery Honor Book)
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-399-23389-X / 978-0-399-23389-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
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1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Getting Near to Baby (Scholastic) Edition: first
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-439-22236-2 / 978-0-439-22236-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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Paperback Editions

April 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Getting Near to Baby (2000 Newbery Honor Book)
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-698-11892-8 / 978-0-698-11892-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books
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2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-439-37651-3 / 978-0-439-37651-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Audio Editions

September 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   

September 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-8072-6195-5 / 978-0-8072-6195-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

August 2001 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Getting Near to Baby
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
Publisher: Puffin Books
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