Before the ever after / Jacqueline Woodson.
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- ISBN: 9780593341230
- Physical Description: 2 audio discs (approximately 2 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Listening Library, 
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Read by Guy Lockard.
For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that, but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
*Starred Review* Guy Lockhard poignantly connects listeners to 12-year-old Zachariah ZJ Johnson and his friends and family, most notably his pro-football player father. Set in the early 2000s, when concussion research on NFL players was just beginning to uncover the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the story takes listeners back in time with ZJ to "before, when his dad was a loving father and football star. In Lockhard's voice, we hear the youthful optimism and admiration for ZJ's dad, who is not his hero but his "ev-er-y single thing." But soon his dad's headaches, memory lapses, and unpredictable anger grow increasingly frequent and scary for ZJ. Lockhard's voice reflects ZJ's confusion and disappointment as his dad starts to change. Before the headaches, Zachariah Sr.'s voice is full of life and masculine energy, but as his condition gets worse, listeners hear his anguish and debilitating pain. Lockhard skillfully portrays ZJ's wistfulness for the time before his father's illness, his gratitude for the support of his friends, and his heart-wrenching sadness as his dad slips further away. With relatable authenticity, Lockhard amplifies the emotion and sensory experience of Woodson's spare and lyrical verse, helping listeners to feel the confusion, fear, and sadness of a family suffering together from the effects of brain injury and the personality changes it brings. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Jacqueline Woodson was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. In 2018, she received both the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Children's Literature Legacy Award. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won a National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Newbery Honor, NAACP Image Award, and Sibert Honor. Her adult book Another Brooklyn was a National Book Award finalist. Her over two dozen books include Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; Miracle's Boys, which won the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award, and the New York Times bestsellers Harbor Me and The Day You Begin. She also received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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