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GETTIN NEAR TO BABY

by | Read by Mischa Barton

Children Ages 10+ • 3.9 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1999

In her first novel and Newbery Honor Book, Audrey Coloumbis transports the listener into the fragile world of two sisters recovering from the death of their youngest sister. On the extended visit to well-meaning Aunt Patty’s house, Willa Jo confides her thoughts about the events of the tragedy and the power of families to heal . Mischa Barton’s narration comes from the heart and has the tenderness of a story that is close to the heart. Her voice can be delicate and tentative as Willa Jo reflects on her mother’s paintings or Baby’s illness, and it can be firm and full of resolve as Willa Jo protects Little Sister from taunts or stands up to Aunt Patty. Barton’s overall gentleness lets Willa Jo’s sorrow, tenacity, and peace resonate lastingly. A.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 01]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2001

CS ISBN $22.00 • Three cassettes

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