Trade Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 140009044X $26.00 Four cassettes
DD ISBN 140009044X $18.20
For 11-year-old Ellie Dingman, 1963 is not a good year. She lives in a neighborhood persecuted by vandals, and the popular kids at school are tormenting her and her best friend. Worst of all, her self-absorbed mother takes off for New York, leaving Ellie to babysit her younger siblings while their father is at work. While Judy Kaye's hard-edged style perfectly suits her longstanding performance as Sue Grafton's detective Kinsey Milhone, Kaye never quite manages to infuse believable voices into any of these child characters. The younger children, especially, seem like caricatures while the adults all sound the same. This leaves the listener with a complex story made less effective by an unsuccessful delivery. S.G. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
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