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There was still the soundairy, like a long breath, only
not that. I followed it until I came to an old phonograph
with a record spinning on the turntable, but the needle was
at the end, making only that rhythmic whispering sound.
There was a collection of record albums, all neatly placed
on a shelf. I was about to see which record had been playing
when I heard a voice from a back corner of the room.
"They don't know where he's buried."
I spun around, gripping the towel about my shoulders. It was Early Auden.
Excerpted from Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. Copyright © 2013 by Clare Vanderpool. Excerpted by permission of Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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