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by | Read by Emily Bauer

Young Adult Young Adult • 7 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Emotions rule Emily Bauer's narration, creating an accurate portrayal of the dramatic Labellas. Bauer gives heroine Antonia Lucia Labella bouncy, bright tones, which emphasize the story's humor as Antonia fires off letters to the Vatican, seeking sainthood for her careful tending of the Labella fig trees, making the best pasta in Rhode Island, or becoming the Patron Saint of the Kiss. Antonia's comic views and Bauer's sarcastic delivery run the gamut from how Italians love to the best way for a 15-year-old girl to modify her Catholic school uniform. In contrast, Antonia's widowed mother rails at her daughter in a furious "just-off-the-boat" Italian accent. Bauer’s depiction of this mother-daughter struggle makes it stand out in relief against Antonia's humorous takes on religion and first love. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Brilliance Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1-4233-7268-4 $29.95 • Six CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4233-7270-7 $24.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Brilliance Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1-4233-7269-1 $60.97 • Six CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4233-7271-4 $39.25 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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