Tavia Gilbert thoroughly conveys Maggie Steele's grief when her brother, Alex, dies in an accident. Gilbert beautifully delivers the detailed descriptions of Maggie's life at school and at home on her family's Kansas farm. Most engaging is Gilbert's portrayal of Maggie's spirited grandmother, who offers her understanding and comfort. As Maggie helps her dad with harvesting, she decides to train as a pole-vaulter to cope with her sorrow. When she meets opposition because she's female, her brother's spirit (a voice in her head) trains and encourages her. Gilbert's splendid portrayals of Maggie's real-life coach, teammates, and parents, as well as the P.A. announcements at her school, will thoroughly engage listeners. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4830-8546-3 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4830-8543-2 $16.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4830-8544-9 $69.00 Five CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4830-8545-6 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781483085401 multiple sources
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