This story is an emotional roller-coaster ride, and narrator Leon Williams treats each twist and turn with depth and passion, holding listeners in rapt attention to the end. He provides a spectacular portrayal of 12-year-old Matthew, who's so crippled by OCD that he rarely leaves the house. One minute Matthew rhythmically catalogues his cul-de-sac's happenings from the upstairs window like a radio broadcaster, the next he's repeating his "safe phrases" in a quick staccato tone laden with anxiety. When a boy goes missing from the neighborhood, Matthew's detailed observations become important evidence. Listeners will go from tearing their hair out to cheering on Matthew and his fellow sleuth, Melody Bird, as the mystery unfolds. Williams takes listeners from one emotion to the next, anxious, horrified, hopeful, heartbroken, and relieved, all in one performance. M.F.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2017]
Trade Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2017
DD ISBN 978-1-338-11962-6 $24.99
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