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by | Read by Kaili Vernoff

Young Adult Young Adult • 6.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

The issue of evolution versus intelligent design is featured in this poignant coming-of-age story. Narrator Kaili Vernoff characterizes the ostracized Mena Reece, portraying her as a strong-willed and confident young woman who stands up for the underdog. Vernoff's depictions of the other characters are convincing as well: the righteous Pastor Wells; the clear-thinking science teacher, Ms. Shepherd; and other assorted "freaks of nature." Vernoff keeps the tone light and the pacing tight throughout, although the lesson of tolerance is clear. As an interesting bonus at the end of the audiobook, author Robin Brande interviews Dr. Kenneth Miller, a professor of biology, about the controversy of science versus religion and offers uncommon insight for listeners. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2008]



Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-5134-5 $45.00 • Five CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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