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AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

by | Read by Michael Crouch

Children Ages 8+ • 4.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Narrator Michael Crouch captures each character's quirks in this funny, sometimes heartbreaking, story of an emotionally charged family road trip. Thirteen-year-old Theo is an introvert. Like his older sister, Laura, and his father, a science teacher, he struggles with communicating his emotions, preferring to channel those feelings into his comic book drawings. Two years after the death of his mother, Theo's family, still unable to share their grief, somewhat reluctantly takes a vacation. Crouch delivers Theo's first-person perspective with relatable adolescent angst and sardonic wit. His subtle differentiation between the main characters illuminates the dynamics of family conversations, sibling squabbles, and parental refereeing. The journey is memorable, and Crouch skillfully voices an assortment of robust personalities that listeners will enjoy. S.A.A. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2021]

Digital Download • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2021

DD ISBN 9780358576297 $19.95

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