Kate Rudd's narration embraces the longing of 11-year-old Gusta. In 1941, her German-born father, a union organizer, has fled government agents, and her mother has gone to work in New York City, leaving Gusta is in the care of a grandmother she's never known. Rudd expresses the pride and cruelty of the people, young and old, in the small Maine town where Gusta's grandmother lives. In contrast, she voices the compassion of teachers and family as well as the cheer created by the orphans whom her grandmother is also raising. Gusta's brave, determined character comes to the fore as she finds her footing, forms a small musical group, and compassionately stands up for those who face prejudice. The strong theme of social justice makes this a great family listen. S.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2018]
Trade Ed. Brilliance Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9781543687460 $21.99 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781543687477 $14.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-5436-8749-1 $14.99
Library Ed. Brilliance Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9781543687484 $49.99 Five CDs
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