Trade Ed. Listening Library 2005
CD ISBN 9780307282187 $34.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $23.80
Library Ed. Listening Library 2005
CS ISBN 9780307282200 $40.00 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 9780307282217 $50.00 Six CDs
Take equal parts of JUMANJI and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS; add in trolls, elves, automatons, and lost civilizations; remove all humor; and you get something like M.T. Anderson's offbeat adventure. Two boys from Boston take a trip to Vermont to stay with Uncle Max. They arrive at the strange mansion to find a Victorian lifestyle and an old wooden game board that leads them to ceremonial mounds, strange creatures, and an ancient battle between warring kingdoms. The story is purposefully off-kilter, with Marc Cashman's dry, precise, and percussive style complementing Anderson's writing. Anderson and Cashman are both skilled at their crafts, overall, the result is an unsettling and unsatisfying challenge. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]
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