Library Ed. Live Oak Media 2006
CS ISBN 1595197680 $31.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 1595197699 $49.95 Six CDs
A skillful blend of humor and realism, along with a dash of mystery, makes the Sammy Keyes series popular with preteen girls. Van Draanen's years as a teacher who listened to kids can be heard in the rhythm of the text. Tara Sands employs an impressive vocal range that breathes life into every character. From Sammy's enthusiasm to archenemy Heather Acosta's superiority to the banter of the boys, listeners will recognize these kids. Sands's voice ages, and she becomes wise Grams, snooty "council queen" Cora Lee Lyons, and the elderly Mrs. Willawago. The ride to the dance in a Hummer limo, spiced up with the boys' pirate banter, is, by itself, worth a listen. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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