In a sweetly luminous tone, narrator Cassandra Morris brings forth the wonder of Lloyd's latest magical tale. Morris's youthful voice communicates the goodness of 12-year-old Mallie, who toils ceaselessly to support her destitute family. The family lives high on Forgotten Mountain, a place once suffused with starlight and dreams but now clogged with dusty despair. Times are so hard that Mallie agrees to a desperate venture, complete with flying horses, terrifying monsters, and gold-dust-covered mountains. Morris channels Mallie's effervescent optimism and determination, along with the deep love that she feels for her family, particularly her younger brother, Denver. Morris's rendition of Mallie's "Mountain Girl" song is lovely and moving, a poignant audio treat that will resonate with listeners long after the story's close. S.A.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2019]
Trade Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2019
DD ISBN $17.49
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