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A trio of high school outcasts - Paul, Big, and Small - face the complicated world of predators and prey in high school and come to realize that overcoming life's challenges will take more than perseverance.

Paul Adams is the shortest kid at his high school, and the school bullies relentlessly pick on him. He spends the entire day wishing school would end so he can escape to his favorite sport of rock climbing. This is the only place where he feels in control, competent, and free, despite the inherent fear.

Lily Small is athletic, attractive, and, despite her last name, is actually very tall. Another kid, who looks almost like a grown man, introduces himself with a long Polynesian name, but says everyone calls him "Big," and he seems to like the nickname! As they get to know each other, Paul, Big, and Small discover they have a lot in common as outsiders in their high school. As the trio's friendship forms, their unique personalities are no longer those of misfits, but complement each other.

Paul and Lily decide to enter a local competition for climbers, but their plans are abruptly halted by Lily's diagnosis of leukemia. Paul is terrified of what lies ahead in Lily's medical treatment, knowing what happened to his mother who died of cancer a few short years before. He retreats back to rabbit mode and can't even visit her in the hospital. But Lily really wants Paul to go ahead with the competition and advises him to team up with Conor, the student who bullies Paul the most. Reluctantly, Paul agrees to move ahead with Lily's wish, knowing that Conor is a strong climber and their best chance at winning.

©2019 David G. Robb (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • J. Dillman
  • 14-11-2019

Great Reader

As an adult, I enjoyed this book, which is a great read for young people. I especially enjoyed the way it was read. Sometimes a male reader creates a voice for the female characters that is effeminate, and it seems condescending. This reader, Alex Boyles, gives each character a unique voice, and the female voices are strong. Even when reading for the shy Sam, who often whispers, Mr.Boyles recognizes the strength within the character, and allows the listener a glimpse into the soul of this young woman.

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  • Daniel Allsop
  • 18-10-2019

Fantastic!

Absolutely an amazing book. Touches on very important topics that we all deal with and makes you think. Highly recommended!

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  • Nicholas Greene
  • 04-04-2021

this is a very beautiful story

it's very heartwarming and very suspenseful. I love the characters even the antagonists. hopefully I can find some more books like this on audible.

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  • Jake D. Moore
  • 17-03-2021

A darn good listen

For anyone that is or was outside the "in" crowd in school, give this one a try. Great characters, great story, great narration.

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  • old lady
  • 12-03-2021

Excellent!

Wonderful examples of courage in daily life, of learning to be comfortable in your own skin, and stepping up for change.

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  • Jeremy
  • 20-11-2020

1000% amazing book!

First let me say this book is not only available from Audible I’m not sure why it has the yellow ribbon across it.
I finish this book in under two days I didn’t want it to end :-) The narration was exquisite and the Author was top notch I will definitely be looking for more from the author and the narrator.

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  • Deborah J. Andreasen
  • 15-09-2021

Great Story

I really enjoyed this book. I had just finished reading Dear Evan Hansen right before I started Paul, Big, and Small. I enjoyed this book and it's interesting approach to every day bullying, making friends, fitting in at school, first loves and many more. It was heavy but inspirational at the same time (not religious, just uplifting). We all need a Big in our lives! And if we don't have one, we can be one.

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  • Kid at Heart
  • 30-07-2021

Great!

Coming of age story for anyone who ever felt like the odd one out. Deals with lots of issues & shows how kindness changes lives. I loved it.

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  • Joey
  • 29-05-2021

Wow. Just wow.

That was the most beautiful fictional book I have ever read. Lovely, touching, heart warming, and relatable. Seeing Paul’s growth, his attitude and insurgence to hardships is encouraging and so sweet. Bigs optimism and Lilies courage help Paul grow to not be afraid, and be ready to help a friend whenever someone needs you. Definitely a book worth reading, not at all dull or slow, easily my favorite.

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  • ben
  • 20-04-2021

fantastic book

couldn't stop listening. This is a fantastic story about growing up and feeling like an outsider and how great friends can lead to great experiences. David Robb did a fantastic job of creating a fantastic story!

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