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Summary

When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.

Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small-town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.

©2012 Amy Harmon (P)2014 Tantor

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The narrator was fine, I just found it annoying and irritating when it came to male voices, where the narrator had to "masculinize" her voice. Though it helped with the contrast, but I'd rather have a male narrator do male voices.

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This is my second Amy Harmon book. It is again beautifully written but different . I did not want it to end

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  • The Elf in the Kitchen
  • 17-03-15

Barefoot or Not--Run for this book

I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.

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  • Christina Summers
  • 22-09-15

In my top ten favourite books

I love this story. I love the characters, I love the author's voice. I love the themes that are woven perfectly through the story. And now I love the audio version just as much. The performance was just right.... Exactly how I heard the story in my head as I read it. I find this story deeply moving and recommend reading/listening to this at appropriate times. Or take tissues with you, either one!

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  • Leeloo
  • 21-03-15

Another great book.

The first Amy Harmon book I read was 'A Different Blue' which was so good I had to check out more. I love her writing style. Her books have this wonderful ebb and flow to them and they are so moving. The narration was top notch.

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  • decs7jim3
  • 29-08-17

Excellent Story!!

I laughed and cried throughout the story as the author skillfully crafted each character and scene. Amazing!!

Not only do you learn about tragedy, but young love, true love, community commitment, family loyalty, national patriotism, and love of music all interwoven. This is a wonderful story of self-discovery and selflessness.

I enjoyed the narrator and could distinguish between characters easily.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a story with "heart", drama, Native American traditions & stories, and a Christian read.

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  • Parisha
  • 05-06-16

Cute

This was a cute book but not Amy's best. It was a bit predictable although I am glad I read it.

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  • Cyndy Ryann
  • 06-05-16

Amy HARMON is amazing

I love all of her books, so I'm going back and listening to ask of then on audio.

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  • Shelia B
  • 13-08-18

Wonderful Book

I just discovered Amy Harmon's books. I read Making Faces first and loved it. This one was just as good. I am loving Amy's books and am glad I found them. I plan to read them all. This is a must read for me. It's a very sweet, kind of sad, and sometimes very funny book. The way Amy writes is excellent. I feel like I get a 360 degree view of the surroundings including what everyone is thinking. It's just wonderful. Go get it now. You won't be sorry.

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  • Renee
  • 08-08-18

Amy Harmon can do no wrong!

Amy Harmon could write the phone book and I would read it. That is saying a lot considering no one really uses phone books anymore. While this may not have been my favorite book by Amy, it was still a sweet story that I enjoyed. Josie is a young, innocent girl who is wise beyond her years and always seems to be taking care of someone or something. Samuel is a Navajo boy who comes from a troubled home and no friends, until he meets Josie. Their friendship slowly develops into more, but life and circumstance seem to always be in the way. In my opinion, this story is best suited for those who love to read YA novels.

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  • Abigail N.
  • 06-08-18

what a great coming of age/romance

the first few summary's described this about a love story between a 13-year-old girl and and an 18-year-old boy, which is too large an age gap and too too young. what it actually is is a story about the two becoming dear friends, growing up and apart and her staying in their small town while he joins the military. She stagnates a bit and he returns to pull her out of the hole she's dug for herself. they fall in love and (I hope) live happily ever after. it's sweet and dear and when they're kids it's not inappropriate or anything like that.

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  • Markeisha Williams
  • 24-07-18

patience is a virtue

a wonderful book and very captivating storyline that openly shows an adjustment in culture embracing individuality serving family and Country and being open to love on more than one level.