Don't Let Me Go

Genre: Fiction

Don't Let Me Go

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn't sit inside where it's safe. Her answer: 'If I sit inside, then nobody will know I'm in trouble. And then nobody will help me.' Her answer changes everything. By the bestselling author of When You Were Older and Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.

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Run time: 11 hours
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Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Biography:
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, <i>Pay It Forward</i>, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, the <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and the <i>Sun</i>, and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i> and <i>California Shorts</i>, as well as the bestselling anthology <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for <i>Best American Short Stories</i>, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in <i>Best American Short Stories</i>.</p><p>Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
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Cassandra Morris

Biography:
Cassandra Morris has received several Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine, for the books Ivy & Bean, Dear Zoe, and Eggs. She is the voice of the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, The Clique series by Lisi Harrison and the Ivy & Bean series by Annie Barrows. She can also be heard as the voice of Charlotte in the animated Christmas special 'Yes, Virginia.” She has done work for other animated series (up and coming How to Drive Everybody Crazy), radio commercials (McDonald's, RadioShack, Supercuts, AT&T, etc) and TV commercials (Silk Soy Milk, Samsung). She recorded her first voiceover job when she was 12 years old.
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Chris Chappell

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