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by | Read by Ariadne Meyers, Francois Battiste

Children Ages 8+ • 4.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

Seventh-grader Kristen McKenna is devastated by her best friend's betrayal and her parents' incessant arguments. At least the new kid, Walker, is showing a little kindness. Kristen's story is brought to life by Ariadne Meyers, whose youthful voice deftly portrays Kristen's anger, shaky determination, and quirky sense of humor as she discovers new definitions of friendship and family. Francois Battiste reads the chapters from Walker's point of view, revealing the uncertainty lurking just under the surface of his hip poise. Battiste is adept at expressing Walker's sharp mind and natural charm. Meyers and Battiste's teamwork meshes smoothly in this funny and engaging story with a realistic middle school setting. Author Choldenko treats the heavy themes of race, class, and self-esteem with a delicate touch. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]



Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-4885-7 $28.00 • Four CDs

DD ISBN 978-0-7393-5668-5 $14.00


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2007

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-6120-7 $30.00 • Four CDs

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