Collage, muted acrylics, and oil paints create patterns reflecting the Eastern and Western worlds of an adopted Korean child. Bonding with “goyangi,” the cat in her new house, she weeps when it goes missing. Its return helps her accept that both she and Goyangi are home.
Narrated by Laura Flanagan. This story grabs you from the beginning. Jessica, a track star & junior in high school, wakes up in a hospital where she is recovering from a bus accident in which she lost her leg. Jessica's world is understandably turned upside down; healing - learning to put one foot in front of the other - takes time. The characters are engaging and the pacing of the reading is very well done. Performed by a single reader, it is fully voiced; female voices are very well-done, each one distinct and remains recognizable; male voices are less distinct. The few sound effects, mostly running or walking noises, are well-done. Recommended for grades 7-12. Audio. Rhonda Belyea.
On the way to market for her mother, Lucy imagines her wagon to be a stagecoach, train, circus wagon, and even a spaceship. A straightforward text describes her actual trip while cozy, soft-focus pencil drawings reveal her fantasy.
Marno's beautiful narration of this modern wartime story brings listeners right into Yasmine's and Tamanna's world, celebrating the rugged beauty of the Afghan land and people while in the midst of both UN and Taliban occupation. Ages 14 and Up. - Paula Langsam