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:
<p>Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, <i>365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World</i>.</p><p>Her novel <i>Pay It Forward</i> was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Both <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow Book List, and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. <i>Where We Belong</i> won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award in 2015.</p><p>More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and many other journals and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i>, <i>California Shorts</i>, and <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.</p><p>She is the founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, spoken at Cornell University twice, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.</p><p>For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.</p>
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Chris Chappell
Narrator
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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