Jordan Cobb narrates the approaching-end-of-the world records of 11-year-old Kemi, a Nigerian American whose color puts her at odds in her white neighborhood. Cobb re-creates the warm tenderness of Kemi's family, especially their playful interactions with an exploring toddler and their anticipation of a baby due in five months. Cobb voices Kemi's strength with respect to the impending doom, emphasizing her wit and intelligence as she collects mementos of her family for a time capsule and flees into the comfort zone of probability and statistics that her father has nurtured in her. Nearing the story's end, reality shifts, and Kemi is revealed as an unreliable narrator. Cobb's narration helps listeners bridge these shifts because she has so authentically portrayed Kemi's thoughts and feelings all along. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2023]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780063256583 $27.99
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