Bridge of Clay (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Five brothers. A murderer. A houseful of animals named after Greek heroes. A piano. An immigrant. A racetrack. A mattress in an empty field. A jockey. A clothespin. A book. A bridge. How do all of these things come together? In a breathtaking story that only award-winning author Markus Zusak could write. Elegant and thought provoking - each sentence is a piece of a mosaic rather than a complete picture in itself and only thoughtful reading can bring it together. It was exceedingly lovely and made you think hard about what it was trying to tell you. 

— Madeline

Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

“There’s a reason we’ve been waiting for this book for over 10 years, and that’s because Zusak has taken his time and made it perfect. Bridge of Clay is weird and heartbreaking and beautifully and poetically written — in short, everything that Zusak does so well in the books we’ve come to love. He writes in stunning, complex metaphors that never fail to feel real. Clay and his brothers are alive in this story, and the love that they share between themselves and for others is palpable. I loved being with Clay as he built his bridge, and I was genuinely devastated as the pages came to an end. This one is going to take me a long time to get over. Bridge of Clay was worth every second of the wait.”
— Jess Harwick, Book Culture, New York, NY

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Five brothers, a menagerie, a murderer, and Michelangelo make for a memorable cast of characters. Throw in bridge building, track training, horse racing, courting, and grieving, and readers get a vivid look into the lives of the Dunbar boys. And these rough and tumble boys go through it all! When I finished Bridge of Clay, I wanted to read it again, to watch the boys get out of bed, off the sofa, pick up the bits and pieces, and live another day.”
— Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781987146295
ISBN-10: 1987146298
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Language: English