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by | Read by Allyson Ryan

Children Ages 10+ • 4.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

The prelude begins, "Once there was a beautiful garden . . ." Themes of planting seeds, beginnings and endings, and trees, especially trees, set the framework for the story. Evie, age 10, grieves the death of her mother as she and her father move from Michigan to mysterious Beaumont, New York. The town's past is shrouded in grim stories of disappearances, dying orchards, and the legacy of a family tragedy. Evie discovers magic and mystery, as well as the promise of hope and friendship, as twists on the biblical garden demonstrate the strength of life. Allyson Ryan's reading is generally strong and sure, but some characters' voices are made distracting by forced childishness and an overly nasal twang. The lack of announcements at the end of each CD can present a difficulty for young listeners. L.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 08]



Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-5959-4 $28.00 • Four CDs

DD ISBN 978-0-7393-5960-0 $19.60


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-6142-9 $38.00 • Four CDs

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