Travel to “amazing Africa” by listening to this series of stories about Anna Hibiscus, a young girl who lives with her lively extended family including her cousins Double and Trouble. The descriptions of the setting, the characters’ African English accents and Anna’s mundane and extraordinary experiences give the listener a flavor of life in a West African city. Ade-salu’s voice is clear and melodic, switching smoothly between the narration and the accented characters’ voices. She convincingly conveys the emotional ups and downs of a naive school girl becoming more aware of her social context and trying to distinguish herself as an individual. For Up to Seven listeners. Lena Berrios
The twins have always shared their bed and blanket, but now it is time for something new. Colorful mixed-media illustrations set against ample white space and ingenious use of the gutter illustrate this story of growing up separate but the same.
A normal-sized boy in a family of giants proves that stature is more about character, wit, and determination than size. Realistic oil paintings make the most of the contrasting sizes and shapes in this original tall tale.
While reluctantly driving his blind, cynical, and verbally abusive great uncle to bridge tournaments and turning cards for him, Alton, 17, discovers the strategies of bridge along with the subtleties of family relationships and romance in this humorous and moving novel. Sacher's narration of the audio captures Alton's mixed emotions about his family and his slowly awakening awareness that he enjoys learning how to play bridge.