Narrator Kevin R. Free's spirited characterizations and enthusiastic pacing heighten this endearing spooky adventure. Esther Gold can't wait for this year's festivities, but she's not the only being who wants Halloween to last forever. The Queen of Halloween and her henchpeople have trapped Esther's hometown in their curse, and they will kill, enchant, and kidnap as many villagers as it takes to keep the night from ending. Free's delivery and range are commendable. He chills listeners with his cruel villains, then cheers audiences with courageous Esther, kindhearted best friend Agustín, brash enemy-turned-ally Sasha, and not-as-mundane-as-he-seems dentist, Mr. Gabler. Free blends otherworldly danger and real-life issues to stirring effect. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780063021006 $20.99
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