Narrator Simon Vance skillfully keeps listeners engrossed with the unsettling happenings at the Ash House. Eleven-year-old Sol arrives with the hope that his chronic pain will be healed, but he finds that the children who live in the dormitory have strange names, a fixation on "nicenesses," and a missing headmaster. Listeners will be captivated from the beginning as the sounds of rain, wind, and wild animals accompany the creepy, ambient music that plays throughout the audiobook. Vance intensifies his pace as Sol loses his memories of the past and asks probing questions of the other children, echoing the fear and distrust they express in distinct, youthful voices. This mysterious audiobook will have listeners wondering what's real and what's imagined. A.K.R. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2021]
Trade Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2021
DD ISBN 9781338701951 $24.99
Library Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2021
DD ISBN 9781338701968 $74.99
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