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Listening for Crickets

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
With ears like a bat and webbed toes, it seems as if ten-yearold Jake could fly right out of reality into the freedom of his dreams. No more worries about asthma, special reading class, or his parents' fighting—just sky. But Jake can't simply fly away. There's his little sister, Cassie, to tell stories to when the night sounds become frightening, amazing facts to learn fro ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
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Cheyenne Cortesi
The book Listening for Crickets is about a young boy named Jake Wasniewski who uses his imagination to escape real life. That is because in his real life, Jake has webbed toes and ears like a bat, he is in a special reading class, his parents fight all the time, and his little sister Cassie has really bad asthma. Reality gets so bad that Jake creates “Dragon’s Nest”, an area where Cassie and Jake can be safe and have fun. This area was made with the help of Jake’s best friend Luke, a boy who al ...more
Kayla Spohr
This touching story is about Jake Wasniewski is a 10 year old who has webbed toes and bat like ears. He battles problems that a 10 year old should not have to endure. He struggles with a reading and has to be in a special class, his parents fight all the time, his little sister has asthma and is prone to an attack when there is too much yelling or tension in the house. His dad has been known to come home drunk, not keep a job, and has hit Jake a time or two. To deal with all these problems, Jake ...more
Jasmine Lambert
In David Gifaldi’s book Listening for Crickets he discusses the life of a small family through the eyes of the oldest son Jake who is ten years old. Jake has a younger sister Cassie who is seven years old, a mother, and a father, whom all live in a very small home and do not have very much money. Jake and Cassie’s mom and dad argue a lot and Jake has to care for Cassie during these times because at her young age it is hard to listen to her parents argue. Jake and Cassie share a room and at night ...more
Becky Birtha
Sep 24, 2011 Becky Birtha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I find it hard to resist children's novels packaged in a small or square format. Perhaps publishers deliberately present certain kinds of literary works in this way-- I don't know. Two books that I picked up recently met my high expectations for books of their size, and I was struck by the similarity in their content, though the stories are set years apart.

In Listening for Crickets, a contemporary novel, Jake is a fifth grader who can barely read and has gotten into a couple of

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Briana Nelson
This short book sensitively depicts a family falling apart through the eyes of a 5th grade boy. This book was excellent because it portrays the reality of kids living with family issues. This is a must read for a child that has parents fighting and worries lays up listening. Great coping tactics for children. Very true the heart of little ones. I would suggest for parents that are fighting all the time over money, jobs, or substance abuse.
This book will definitely be read in my classroom.
Makenzie Sliva
Nov 30, 2013 Makenzie Sliva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening For Crickets is the story of a ten year-old boy named Jake Wasniewski and the struggles that his family goes through. Jake feels as though his parents are constantly bickering with one another. He lives in a small two-bedroom house with his parents and his sister, Cassie. Jake and Cassie share a bedroom, therefor they spend quite a bit of time together. Cassie suffers from asthma, and Jake has big ears and webbed toes. Because of the constant stress in Jake's life, he often wishes he c ...more
Ann Marie
I felt the author did do a good job of being a fifth grader as far as Jakes feelings and how he managed his stress however there were many points to the story that never bloomed....it felt alot like someone was reading me the story instead of me actually feeling the story...I would not place this one on a summer reading list...while I feel the story could fall into the fourth grade level - it may just be to depressing...fifth graders might not find it all that exciting
Kellie Deruwe
This story is about a young boy named Jake who lives with his sister Cassie, mom and dad. Jakes family has a low income and they struggle to get by job after job. While Jakes mom works extremely hard to have food on the table and pay the bills his dad is a drunk who can hardly keep a job and is constantly yelling and arguing with his wife and kids. This story shows what it is like for many families in the United States who are in lows socioeconomic status. Many of these children struggle in scho ...more
Rhonda Morris
Jul 24, 2009 Rhonda Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told in first person, Jake is about to begin 5th grade, his sister Cassie, 2nd grade. Their home life is not good; dad can't keep a job, their is a lot of fighting, Cassie has asthma, and Jake has big ears, webbed toes, and can't read. But, Jake can tell stories which is the only thing that keeps Cassie from being scared and they have Dragon's Nest to stay safe in.

This is a wonderful quick read that shows what many students go through at school and at home when they are 'different' than the othe
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Samittra
Dec 03, 2012 Samittra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listening For Crickets is the story of a ten year-old boy named Jake Wasniewski’s family struggle. Jake lives with his parents and his younger sister, Cassie, in a small two bedroom home. Due to the size of the house Jake and Cassie are both sharing a bedroom together. It seems as though every time Jake and Cassie are inside their home all they can hear is the bickering of their parents. To protect his sister from hearing their fighting Jake tells her stories to drown out the yelling. This book ...more
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Well-written story about hard knocks. The main character is interesting and sympathetic, and his life is very real, despite the child's outlook. As an adult, you can see what is going on before he does, but that makes it a little thrilling. I knew boys like this, who lived similar lives. And I relished the positive influence his Special Education teachers were, and the fact that they actually helped him. I've found many in real life who had the best of intentions, but then things don't work out. ...more
Bobby Simic
Jun 20, 2008 Bobby Simic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary:
Fifth-grader Jake uses storytelling and a secret place in some hedges to help him and his younger sister escape their parents' arguments and his abusive and alcoholic father's temper.

Strengths:
Quietly beautiful, honest, and realistic. Jake is a great character and hero. Doesn't dillute the complexities and hardships of growing up with a learning disability, being poor, and having an abusive parent you still have affection for. While there's a lot of sadness in this book, it also manage
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Kari
Apr 22, 2014 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, vcfa
Told in first person, by ten-year-old Jake Wasniewski, this is a tender story about how tough every day struggles can be when your parents fight. The relationship between Jake and his younger sister, Cassie, is loving and real. My own parents fought, terribly, and the way these two characters are hyper aware of the signs that an argument is about to break, took me back. The parents are three-dimensional and complicated, as real parents are. David Gifaldi brings in wonderful details to pull you i ...more
Abby Johnson
Sometimes Jake wishes he could sprout wings and fly away from it all... Fly away from his fighting parents, from his reading problems, from worrying about his little sister... But Jake can't fly away. All he can do is try to cope with never having enough money, with a volatile father who comes home drunk sometimes... Not high on plot, this book is a snapshot of a life. I thought it was fine, but not particularly memorable.
Kim
A story of a fifth grader and his family. This is a very short read written for kids. Not much character development. Would have like to know more about the neighbor, who would have been a hoot! The main character is a creative little boy who struggles with reading. His talent is truly as a story teller, and a big brother, both of which we only are given glimpses of.
Lia
There is a lot that is good with this book, including the way problems in families are addressed. Unfortunately, the writing never quite takes off. It has moments of greatness, but as a whole, the book feels meandering and aimless. Somehow it needed a stronger structure so the story could really come together.
Caroline
Jul 01, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: senior-and-up
A fifth grader deals with his working-class realities: poverty, domestic disputes, wanting to protect his little sister, being a slow reader. Written by a Portland teacher. Recommended for 5th - 7th graders who are familiar with this life or for kids who are a little older who could stand to know.
Cheryl
May 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This short book sensitively depicts a family falling apart through the eyes of a 5th grade boy. I was particularly impressed with the depiction of the boy's anxiety... his hyper-attention to possible arguments between his parents. level 3.7, 4.0 AR pts, 27,361 words
Sharlet Mullen
This is a must read for a child that has parents fighting and worries lays up listening. Great coping tactics for children. Very true the heart of little ones. I would suggest for parents that are fighting all the time over money, jobs, or substance abuse.
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Jessica
Sep 11, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet brother and sister story but mom and dad fight a lot and in sone scene it gets physical and the police are called. Dad is taken to jail for three days and not allowed to visit. This might be realistic for some kids but I though it was depressing.
Julie
This book does not have your typical happy ending. Life isn't always happy. I think this is an excellent book that many children will find comforting. This could be used for bibliotherapy.
Amy
Sep 07, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching. Sad. Poetic. Realistic, yet full of empathy. Great for reluctant readers, especially middle grade boys.
Daria
Jan 27, 2009 Daria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is raw and powerful, but I don't think it's appropriate for BES.
Sandy
The writing was lyrical, but the whole story was just depressing.
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