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Publisher's Summary

This sparkling middle-grade debut is a classic-in-the-making! 

Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart - and true friends. 

Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him. 

Until the day she hears that laugh - his laugh - pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart? 

But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family - the kind you choose for yourself. 

Includes an original song introduced by the author.

©2020 Kate O'Shaughnessy (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Maybelle Lane finds courage she didn't know she had - and it's contagious. A rich and rewarding debut." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Lyrical and full of heart, this road trip story gets to the core of what it means to create family, to be brave, and to accept the flaws of being human." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"O’Shaughnessy’s debut is illuminated by characters each brimming with charm and grit. This novel layers themes of resilience and finding love in unexpected places [and] will be welcomed into the hearts of many readers." (School Library Journal)

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  • Kaki Ettinger
  • 22-03-20

Heartwarming, humorous and full of surprises

I would recommend this book to readers and listeners of all ages looking to go on a delightful journey, fall in love with a cast of unforgettable characters and have plenty of laughs along the way. I especially loved the voice performance for Tommy. Five stars!!!

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  • Caroline Pereira
  • 16-03-20

Absolutely loved this!

What an incredible audiobook. Loved every bit. Kate O’Shaughnessy has written something very special and the narrater captured it perfectly. An absolute gem. Could not have loved it more!