Narrator Arielle DeLisle channels the emotional core of this contemporary coming-of-age story, which explores faith, prejudice, friendship, and family in Little Italy. In the course of a few weeks, the comfortable patterns of 12-year-old Nella Sabatini's life are forever disrupted after she discovers something disturbing about her beloved father, finds out her Catholic school will be closing, and learns that a family friend mistakenly killed a young black man. Using a clipped, bright delivery to start, DeLisle highlights Nella's outwardly breezy personality; later she slows down and softens her voice to signal the young teen's troubled thoughts as she tries to make sense of the world around her. Despite the sometimes too quick pace, DeLisle's expressive performance is sure to engage young listeners. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2016]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504734066 $29.99 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780062470133 $18.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504734059 $59.99 Six CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-5047-3407-3 $39.99 One MP3-CDs
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