Retail pak Listening Library 2002
CS ISBN 0807208396 $28.00 Five cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Zazoo, a Viet-namese orphan, has always felt one hundred percent French, raised as she was by an old Frenchman named Grand-Pierre in a stone mill on the banks of a French canal and speaking nothing but French. In an English language audiobook, it can be a tricky matter to imply another language, yet Joanna Wyatt manages im-peccably. The cast of ZAZOO comes to exotic life with inflection, timing, and subtle variations in pronunciation. Zazoo's melodious accent lends a foreign air to all, while Juliet, Zazoo's passionate and enthusiastic best friend, stands in sharp contrast. Grand-Pierre's love and bewilderment intertwine to create a memorable character whose past is riddled with dark secrets. Add to the appealing cast of characters the lyrical poems charmingly recited throughout, and this audiobook is a heart-stealer. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB / MAR 03]
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