Listeners will easily imagine themselves on a dangerous journey with 11-year-old Anna, as she, her mother, and her older sister flee Czechoslovakia after the 1948 Communist takeover. Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya skillfully delivers a range of accents and Czech names and phrases. Based on the author's own family history, this audiobook describes in riveting detail the family's secret escape to Germany, where they hope to reunite with Anna's father, who fled earlier. Araya captures diverse characters ranging from the snarling Czech informant to the kind American soldiers from Alabama. She fully inhabits Anna's emotions, making listeners feel her pride and admiration for her father's heroism, her fear of capture, and her wistful homesickness when she realizes she may never see her beloved country again. S.C. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2020]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2020
DD ISBN 9780593208649 $15.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2020
DD ISBN 9780593208656 $38.00
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