Trade Ed. Listening Library 2003
CS ISBN $25.00 Three cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Isabel has become the emotional centerpiece of her family after her mother’s suicide. Vivian McLaughlin’s exquisite presentation allows the reader to experience, not only Isabel’s sorrow but also her slow healing. The novel’s format of short vignettes also brings to life the people around Isabel and their responses to the tragedy. McLaughlin shines when the other characters reflect realistic responses to the suicide, including grief, anger, and guilt. McLaughlin’s smooth narration is completely believable as that of a teenager. Bringing the listener vividly to the island of Guam, Holt’s text incorporates the occasional Chamorro word. This beautifully plotted story of sorrow and recovery will appeal to a wide audience of teenagers. E.J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 03]
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