Getting Near to Baby

 By Audrey Couloumbis

Getting Near To Baby


“… Couloumbis manages a bittersweet work that, in the manner of many classic Southern novels, makes you break your heart laughing.”                                – The Boston Globe

“… the combined strength of (Baby’s) unforgettable cast of characters leaves a lasting and uplifting impression.”                                                                                     – Starred review, Publishers Weekly

“A touching examination of grief and healing …”             – Starred review, School Library Journal

“The author’s plainly worded but evocative descriptions give life to (Baby’s) characters and tender poignancy to even simple observations … ”                      – The Horn Book.

“… carries a family through early stages of grief with grace, sensitivity and a healthy dose of laughter.”                                                                                         – Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

“… a quiet lyricism to Getting Near to Baby that will draw fans of Cynthia Rylant.”                                                 – Recommended by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

“… first novel wears its heart on one sleeve and its humor on the other. Together they make a splendid fit.”                                                                                  – Booklist


2000 Newbery Honor Award                                                                                                                                   Honor of the Austrian Children’s and Juvenile Books Award                                                                    Chinese edition of Getting Near to Baby chosen as one of the best ten books of the year of 2000 by China Times                                                                                                                                                                             An American Library Association Notable Book                                                                                            School Library Journal Best Books for 1999                                                                                                          New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age                                                                                            Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List 2000-2001                                                                          Preliminary list for the Master List for the Mark Twain Book Award                                                                 A Capitol Choice Book                                                                                                                                                     Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Master List, 2001-2002                                                                   New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing                                                                             2001 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers                                                                                 The Best Children’s Books of the Year, Children’s Book Committee at Bank St. (with outstanding rating)                                                                                                                                                                                       Barnes & Noble Best Books of 1999

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Foreign language editions:

(Carl Ueberreuter Verlag Ex. frnLang- German hardcover & paperback)

Chinese (3&3 Int’l Education Instit. hardcover complex characters )……

Chinese hardcover (New Buds Publishing House; simplified characters)

Dutch/Flemish hardcover (Uitgeverij Clavis)

Japanese hardcover (Hakysuisha )

French trade paperback (Bayard Editions Jeunesse S.A.)

Korean trade paperback (Design House )

Turkish paperback (Bayez Adam Ltd. )

Scholastic Book Club

large print (Thorndike Press)

audio – exclusive abridged & unabridged, non-dramatic (Listening Library) [ a Parents’ Choice Fall 2001 Gold Award Winner]