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Buddha Boy

by Kathe Koja


With his shaved head and begging bowl the new kid is an automatic target for the bully boys of Edward Rucher High—an easy mark for their casual cruelty.

Watching this, Justin would gladly stay as far from the newcomer as possible—until their economics teacher pairs them for a project and he finds himself becoming fascinated by the kid the others mock as "Buddha Boy." The thing is, friendship with an outcast always carries a price, and soon Justin must decide if he can stay silent in the face of what he knows.

A scorching portrait of contemporary high school life, featuring a character listeners will never forget.

Buddha Boy
Audie Award Winner

Product Details:
Availability:  In Stock – Ready for Shipping
Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  Library Edition     04001CDB     978-1-933322-20-9     1-933322-20-9     Three CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  4 hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Opening (1:27, about 1.3 MB)
Sample 2Karma (1:08, about 1.0 MB)
Sample 3Jinsen's sketchbook (1:38, about 1.5 MB)

"Koja accomplishes quite a feat... A compelling introduction to Buddhism and a credible portrait of how true friendship brings out the best in people."
    — Publishers Weekly  Starred Review  Starred Review
"After the story, Full Cast Audio includes a "special feature;" a note from the author, Kathe Koja. It's a great added piece that gives further insight into this delightful audiobook."
    — The Boox Review
"Spencer Murphy does a fine job conveying Justin’s fear of the unfamiliar, and Koja’s author note at the end will spark discussion of the writing process, as well as the problem of dealing with bullies."
    — AudioFile Dec 2004
"As with Kissing the Bee, the Full Cast Audio adaptation of Buddha Boy is skillfully acted and edited, bringing out nuances in the story with a cast of talented actors, including some very gifted young people in the principle roles. The story twists and turns, and never quite goes where you think it will -- and like all of Koja's YA novels, it contains an elegant and simple emotional truth at its core that will have you vowing to be a better person by the time it's done."
    — BoingBoing - Cory Doctorow July 20, 2009    Read entire review…
"Eighteen well-cast actors [are] led by Spencer Murphy, who aptly conveys Justin's fears, ambivalence, and outrage ... a surefire springboard for discussion about bullying, peer pressure, and tolerance."
    — School Library Journal
Praise for the print version of Buddha Boy:
"Quickly paced, inviting, and eye-opening… a marvelous addition to YA literature."
    — School Library Journal
An ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection.

Meet the Cast:

Brenna BriskiWaitress
Graydon BrownTim Elder
John Kindel
Chris CarpenterJakob
Leonard FonteMr. Freeberg
Shawn GallowayDad
Moe HarringtonMs. Keller
Emily HolgateMegan
Jeffery IzantMcManus
Mercedes JohnsonLaRhonda
Tyler McAndrewJosh Winston
Spencer MurphyJustin
Lisa Anne PorterAudrey
Mike StevensJinsen
Hugh Stone FishMagnur
Thea Van Der VenAunty
Karl WildmanMr. Snell
Katie YoheCheerleader
Directed by:Daniel Bostick
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