This is the second audiobook about Aven--who may be armless but is armed with confidence and grit, as was shown in the earlier audiobook INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS. She's a very different heroine in this story. Listeners will again be engaged by narrator Karissa Vacker's portrayal, especially her whip-smart, quick dialogue. She does full justice to even minor characters, especially their individual ways of expressing themselves and relating to Aven. Aven grows emotionally in this audiobook as she enters high school cautiously and is daunted by cruel and constant bullying. Vacker represents these low points with genuine-sounding sadness and fear. These moments make Aven's return to her true and able self all the more spectacular. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2019
DD ISBN 9781977345707 $19.99
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