Sisi Aisha Johnson's youthful voice perfectly embodies earnest twelve-year-old Delphine whose strong sense of self and big-sister
responsibilities help her understand more about their absentee mother and about the Black Panther Party she supports. Nimbly adjusting her inflection, Johnson also personalizes the other characters in this lively production.
Dion Graham's smooth baritone lends just the right note of humour and drama to this powerful story of a young boy caught in a time of change, both at home and in 1968 Chicago. Characters come to life with perfectly nuanced phrasing. Short, acoustic tracks alert listeners to cd breaks. Ages 14+.
It is 1962 and eleven year old Franny Chapman is worried about her friendship with best friend Margie, why her teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez doesn't call on her to read aloud, her older sister Jo Ellen's mysterious new friends, and what will happen if the Soviet Union strikes the United States with nuclear missiles. Told with gentleness and good humor, Franny's story is enriched by images and words taken from the period, which provide a real sense of the times.