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FIGHTING WORDS

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Bahni Turpin, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley [Note}

Children Ages 10+ • 6.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2020

Narrator Bahni Turpin sensitively dramatizes a story for younger listeners about sexual abuse. Ten-year-old Della and her 16-year-old sister, Suki, have moved into a foster home while their mother's predatory boyfriend awaits trial. Turpin fully realizes Della's mix of innocence, resilience, and courage as she confronts an unkind teacher, a bullying student, and her sister's pain. Authenticity abounds in the story's dialogue and situations. Turpin captures complicated emotions like Della's adoration for Suki and her own guilt about her dependency. Heartwarming moments balance those of heartbreak. Turpin portrays the caring of Della's foster mother and the compassion of a principal who listens. This audiobook would serve well to open #MeToo conversations. Bradley reads her author's note, which offers hope and resources. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2020]

Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2020

CD ISBN 9780593214992 $50.00 • Nine CDs

DD ISBN 9780593208601 $20.00

 

Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2020

DD ISBN 9780593208618 $50.00

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