Narrator Laurence Boxhall flawlessly presents endearing James as he faces his parents' divorce in this coming-of-age story. Listeners observe the close bond James has with his dog, Digger, and are saddened when James discovers a lump on Digger's leg. Boxhall skillfully introduces outstanding teacher Mr. Froggett, who warmly encourages his sixth graders to write poetry. Other important characters are James's Polish best friend, Tomaz, and his mother, who has a cheerful tone. The story takes a turn when Digger's medical bills mount, and James's mother tries to hide her worries. The heartbreaking reality of this story is painful yet comforting, and James's changing feelings about the new adults in his life are well rendered. Further, Boxhall's spirited recitations of the students' poetry are a delight. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Bolinda Audio 2021
CD ISBN 9781867552185 $39.99 Five CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781867552482 $29.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $15.26
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