Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2005
CD ISBN 0060785950 $17.95 Two CDs
DD ISBN 0060854561 $12.57
Narrator Andrea Martin playfully creates a cast of characters surrounding the likable Ellen Tebbits, including the irritating pest, Otis Spofford, the stoutly loyal best friend, Austine Allen, and a host of others. (She's particularly funny as the airy Mrs. Valerie Todd Spofford, the ballet teacher.) Martin saves her best for Ellen herself, conveying with insight and humor the ups and downs of a fourth-grader's life. Martin expresses Ellen's worst fears (does her long underwear show under her tutu?) and deepest joys (Austine really is protecting her from the dreadful Otis!). Children will enjoy this story, which includes valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty, and common sense. J.C.G. 2006 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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