Library Ed. Live Oak Media 2008
CD ISBN 978-143-0104780 $22.95 Two CDs
Andy Russell is an irresistible fourth-grader who loves his pet gerbils (hated by Mom and Sis) and has nice friends, typical problems, and a kind heart. Things take a nosedive when his gerbils get loose, his mom announces that she's pregnant, and he learns that his best friend may have to change schools. Narrator Oliver Wyman gets down to business with fast and spirited descriptions, perfect kid and adult voices, and the exact tones of a 9-year-old’s reasoning. When Tomika's parents are in a terrible accident, Andy wants her to live with his family. The give-and-take in the discussion of this major issue is well presented by both author and narrator. Kids are given an accurate glimpse of family life in this splendid story. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]
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