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Shadows in the Twilight (MP3)
Joel Gustafson #2
Written by:
Henning Mankell 
Read by:
Francis Greenslade 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
4 hours 54 minutes 
MP3 size:
213 MB 
June 01 2022 
Available Date:
June 01 2022 
Age Category:
Young Adult (13+) 
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
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International bestselling author
Award winning author

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2008
Shortlisted Young Australians' Best Book Award (YABBA) / Older Readers 2006
Selected USBBY (United States Board of Books for Young People) / Grades 6-8 2007
Nominated German Youth Literature Prize / Teenage Readers 2010
Honour Book Sydney Tailor Award / Teenage Readers 2011

From one of the world’s bestselling novelists, this is a humorous, wise and understanding portrait of a boy about to leave childhood behind him, following the award-winning and much-praised A Bridge to the Stars.

Joel will soon be 12, and he thinks nothing's going on in the small community where he lives. But he's wrong. One day, a miracle happens. He's run over by a bus but somehow comes through it unscathed. He now believes he must repay the favor by doing a good deed. So he decides to find a husband for his friend, a young woman in town who is shy and lonely. He plans to find the best candidate for a husband, and then secretly bring them together, with neither one being the wiser. Even though his heart is in the right place, his plan backfires and his friend's feelings are hurt by the very person he thought would be best for her. Joel feels terrible and knows that he must confess to his elaborate scheme to ultimately make things right.

'Mankell's story always hovers on the edge of magical realism but he suggests that there is no magic as powerful as the imagination of a melancholy child.'
Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

'A concise and questioning narrative that will amply reward reflective readers aged 10 and above.'
The School Librarian

'Henning Mankell, Swedish author of the outstanding Inspector Wallender mystery series, turns to a young audience is this unusual coming-of-age story. Twelve-year-old Joel has miraculously escaped injury after being run over by a bus. To demonstrate his gratitude, he feels he must perform a good deed. Narrator Francis Greenslade warmly translates youthful joy, disappointment, innocence, and frustration as Joel confronts adults and bullies. His perspective on seemingly illogical adult behavior is hilarious yet childlike. Greenslade perfectly conveys Joel's fantasy life as he becomes a detective and thinks of himself as 'Geronimo' Gustaffson. Joel's simple act of revenge on someone who mocked his best friend is priceless. A richly rewarding listening experience for those of all ages.'
AudioFile Magazine