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by | Read by Anthony Rey Perez

Children Ages 8+ • 5.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

Narrator Anthony Perez does a fine job narrating this juvenile mystery with a lot of heart. Cuban American Rafa Alvarez thought it was funny when he and his friends stole the slushy machine at school. As punishment, Rafa's dad sent him to New Mexico to work at Ranch Espanto (Ghost Ranch) with his father's old friend for a month. In Rafa's defense, home has been tense--his mother has aggressive cancer. Rafa starts to make friends, but then a mysterious man begins to sabotage him. Perez switches seamlessly between English and Spanish. He successfully depicts heavy emotional moments involving grief and fear. Perez shines when he voices Rafa's mother; he narrates her parts with a warmth listeners will surely love. A.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2023]

Trade Ed. • Dreamscape • 2023

DD ISBN 9781666630411 $17.99

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