Trade Ed. Bolinda Audio 2004
CS ISBN 1740307925 $28.00 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 1740931251 $32.00 Four CDs
Traditional family values clash with modern day teenaged angst in this touching first-person story of tenth-grader Paul and Nonno, his ailing and forgetful grandfather. Dina Marnika, a native Australian, delivers Paul's adolescent attitude and uncertainty and gives a delightful rendition of Nonno with a perfect Italian accent. Although mostly a serious story, Marnika also serves up Paul's comedic asides adeptly. Lessons of family ties, heritage, and what's important in life are revealed in a clever and witty presentation. The narrator and author are well matched as story and characterization come together flawlessly. Unexpected plot twists and down under humor make this audiobook very entertaining. D.L.M. 2005 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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