Narrator Taylor Meskimen renders Olivia's relentlessly optimistic narrative in a voice listeners will find hard to forget. With her dad gone and her mom overworked and stressed, Olivia becomes a de facto caretaker, teacher, cook, and entertainer for her 5-year-old sister, Berkley. Meskimen captures Olivia's hopeful attitude, which is manifested in elaborate and often bizarre daydreams, delivered in a hilarious storytelling voice that will have listeners laughing out loud. Interspersed throughout are Olivia's one-sided letters to her dad, which Meskimen delivers in a heartbreakingly soft whisper as she questions his abandonment and whether he still loves his family. Meskimen brings intelligence, humor, and depth to every word. A performance that brims with emotion will touch listeners' hearts. M.F.T. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2017]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2017
DD ISBN 9781524775148 $20.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2017
CD ISBN 9781524775155 $50.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781524775162 $50.00
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