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BEST FRIENDS Friends, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Shannon Hale, Mia Jenness, Carlotta Brentan, Rob Brinkmann, Jeremy Carlisle Parker, Michael Crouch, Dean Hale, Dinah Hale, Wren Hale, Helen Laser, Marni Penning, Mark Sanderlin

Children Ages 8+ • 3.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2022

Author Shannon Hale narrates as a full cast enacts the drama of her sixth-grade year in this adaptation of the middle volume of her graphic memoir trilogy. Portraying young Shannon, Mia Jenness evokes excitement, uncertainty, and hurt--painfully and exquisitely--as she picks her way through a friendship minefield. Her circle of friends is not so fully individuated, with the other cast members playing multiple roles; the effect reinforces Shannon's sense of social isolation. A panoply of sound effects helps take listeners back to 1985, introducing them to such antique noises as a cassette tape clicking into place and a dot matrix printer at work. A boisterous conversation among Hale and her twin daughters, original to this production, connects then and now. An empathetic antidote to sixth grade. V.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2023]

Trade Ed. • Macmillan Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9781250891716 $14.99

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