Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2006
CS ISBN 1405651571 $24.95 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 1405655437 $29.95 Three CDs
British expressions and the narrator's thick accent in this UK import may initially put off some listeners, but those who persist will be rewarded with a funny and touching story. A netball team (girls' basketball) is threatened when competitive school sports are eliminated. Jelly Jackson, the team's shooting star, is devastated. Not only does she love the game, it's the only arena in which she doesn't embarrass herself. With humor and flair, Gillian Walton narrates Jelly's struggle against indifferent adults, bickering teammates, and a condescending sister. Walton shifts smoothly among characters. Especially impressive is the way her voice becomes stronger as Jelly matures, learns to speak up, and gains confidence. E.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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