Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9781508258773 $29.99 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9781508258780 $17.99
Author Sharon Draper narrates this thoughtful story of identity. Now that it's been a few years since her parents' divorce, 11-year-old Izzy has found a way to make alternating weeks with Mom and Dad work. However, her growing awareness of her own biracial identity is starting to complicate her understanding of the world and her family. Izzy's perceptive voice lies at the heart of this powerful story, which explores the prevalence and impact of racism--from overt actions to microaggressions. While Draper lightens her deep, slightly raspy voice and effectively plays with inflection during dramatic moments, the overall production has the feel of a good read-aloud rather than a memorable performance. Still, this is a worthwhile and engaging listen for children and adults alike. A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2018]
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