Tyla Collier's narration of this imaginative story set in West Africa is warm and folkloric. Thirteen-year-old Simi is sent to stay with her mystical grandmother whom she didn't even know existed. While there, she uncovers secrets about her family and the other children of her grandmother's Nigerian village. Collier authentically portrays the characters in this adventure. Her pace is steady and captivating, and her youthful tone draws listeners into the adolescent world of this award-winning novel. She gives the West African characters credible accents and then removes them when speaking in the third person. This technique creates a direct connection to the people, the village, and the eerie forbidden forest where Simi finds herself venturing. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2022]
Trade Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2022
DD ISBN 978-1-338-81456-9 $24.99
Library Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2022
DD ISBN 978-1-338-81458-3 $74.99
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