In this final installment of Patron’s Hard Pan trilogy, 11-year-old Lucky’s adoptive mother’s café is under investigation, her friend’s mother is released from jail, and Lucky learns more than she anticipated when she creates a family tree. Lucky’s life in her tiny town in the Mojave Desert is full of dissecting owl pellets, reading about her hero, Charles Darwin, and discussing big questions about God and science and family with her quirky neighbors. Cassandra Campbell’s performance brings intimacy and warmth to the story. She doesn’t differentiate much between characters’ voices, but her French accent for Lucky’s adoptive mother, Brigitte, shines. Campbell’s subdued tone matches Lucky’s as she contemplates the meaning of the family she was born with and the family she creates. A.F. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2011]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2011
CD ISBN 9780307745897 $28.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780307745903 $14.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2011
CD ISBN 9780307745910 $28.00 Five CDs
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