Trade Ed. Listening Library 2003
CS ISBN $18.00 Two cassettes
Fionnula Flanagan offers a brilliant reading of Giff’s deeply felt novel of an immigrant girl and her best friend, first introduced in Nory Ryan’s Song. The alternating journeys of Nory Ryan and Sean Red Mallon--from the spoiled potato fields of the Irish famine to the port and its ship of promise to Maggie’s sister’s door in Brooklyn--are fraught with disappointment, danger, and the imminence of death. Flanagan’s Irish lilt brings Maggie’s longings and hope, and Sean’s trials and terror, to life in the most melodious fashion. Each character is fully portrayed with her considerable talent, from Nory’s brusque neighbor, Anna; to Sean’s sweet-voiced, innocent brother, Patch; the ornery Mrs. Mallon; and the rough and threatening Cook. A winning reading of a horrific but triumphant story! T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2004 YALSA Selection © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 04]
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