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Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

• Release:

October 2009

• Author:

Jean Webster

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• Cover Artist:

Laura Diehl

• Voice Actor:

Kelleigh Miller

• Recorded by:

Antland Productions

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Have you discovered the teen years to be among the most dynamic, enjoyable, thought-provoking, and inspiring times in a young person's life? We believe they are and select our TEEN AUDIOBOOKS to encourage these listeners to even greater confidence in themselves and awareness of the world around them. Having passed the test on generations of teens (now fully grown and parents in their own right), these stories will captivate, amuse, and encourage readers and non-readers alike. Enough bad press for teens...these significant years should be celebrated!

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Iota writing with pen Kalliope's Review
This book is another "gem" from my youth and we truly hope that teens today will find it just as charming as we have. Some know it as an old movie (1955 and starring Fred Astaire) but the book is infinitely better! Whenever life looks bleak or discouraging or even confusing, this story might give hope that out of a rats-nest of confusion can come some of the most wonderful twists and turns that leave the reader (listener?) breathless. Definitely try this one.   ~ Kalliope
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Daddy-Long-Legs, written in 1912 by American author Jean Webster, is the fictional story of Jerusha "Judy" Abbott. As a seventeen year old orphan at the John Grier Home, she must write a monthly letter to her wealthy benefactor ( nicknamed "Daddy Long Legs") whom she has never seen nor met. These letters follow Judy through her four years of college until she finally meets her mysterious supporter.
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     "The first Wednesday in every month was a Perfectly Awful Day--a day to be awaited with dread, endured with courage and forgotten with haste. Every floor must be spotless, every chair dustless, and every bed without a wrinkle.  Ninety-seven squirming little orphans must be scrubbed and combed and buttoned into freshly starched ginghams; and all ninety-seven reminded of their manners, and told to say, 'Yes, sir,' 'No, sir,' whenever a Trustee spoke."
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~A. A. Milne  ( 1882 - 1956 )