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by | Read by Deja Bowens

Fiction • 9 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Deja Bowens's deft performance mines the humor and pathos of Pumkin Patterson, a determined 13-year-old who is navigating life in Kingston, Jamaica. Bowens's expressive voice brings depth to the characters--from Pumkin herself to her volatile mother, Paulette, and her ambitious Aunt Sophie. When Sophie offers Pumkin the opportunity to escape her parents' tumultuous relationship for schooling in France, she must use all her ingenuity to raise money for the entrance exam. Bowens's ability to convey Pumkin's resilience as she turns her passion for baking into a lifeline is truly remarkable. Her nuanced performance enhances the emotional impact of Pumkin's journey, making listeners feel every triumph and setback. M.R. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2024]

Trade Ed. • Harper Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9780063334908 $27.99

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