Trade Ed. Listening Library 2001
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Listening Library 2001
CS ISBN 978-0-8072-0593-8 $23.00 Two cassettes
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-3804-9 $24.00 Two CDs
Newbery Medalist Karen Hess (OUT OF THE DUST) is an author who likes trying new things. She has written WITNESS as a drama, with a cast of characters that perfectly populate a small town in Vermont in 1924, just after the Ku Klux Klan has arrived. While the story is little hard to get into at first, this performance by a cast of 11 picks up speed after we begin to be able to identify the characters' voices (a problem the written book doesn't have). Pivotal character Esther Hirsh, a 6-year-old Jewish girl transplanted from NYC to Vermont, is given a sometimes irritating voice that sounds more mentally impaired than young. Still,the overall effect overcomes the drawbacks to pull listeners into the lively action, which includes a Klan shooting,a close call with a train, and the humorous exchanges between shopkeeper Harvey Pettibone and his droll wife, Viola. This listening experience is definitely worth having. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 02]
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