Julian is the bully of Palacio's bestseller, WONDER. In that book, Julian never explained himself; in this one, he does. Narrator Michael Chamberlain walks a fine line in character presentation. We need to understand Julian but not necessarily to like him. He is, after all, a bully, with enabling parents. Chamberlain embodies Julian's mother with believable fortitude as she staunchly defends him and argues with school officials about his behavior. When Julian goes to visit his grandmother in Paris, Chamberlain really shines. A fine French accent and a firm but loving demeanor emanate from grand-mère. Her story and her voice coax remorse from the defensive Julian, providing a glimpse into the making and unmaking of a bully. L.T. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2014]
Trade Ed. Brilliance Audio 2014
CD ISBN 978-1-4915-2409-1 $14.99 Three CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781491524084 $9.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781491524060 $14.99
Library Ed. Brilliance Audio 2014
CD ISBN 978-1-4915-2407-7 $29.97 Three CDs
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