THE GIRLS

Amy Goldman Koss, Author
Amy Goldman Koss, Author , read by a full cast. Full Cast Audio $17.95 (800-871-6152) ISBN 1-932076-05-0
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What's a girl to do when her group of best friends suddenly drops her like yesterday's fashion trend? Such is the theme at the heart of Koss's sharp novel about the dynamics of middle-school cliques. This strong audio adaptation is a seamless fit for Koss's style of using alternating narrators to deliver varying points of view. Full Cast continues to cultivate a roster of excellent young performers; five youthful actresses take on the roles of "the girls," each conveying a distinct personality and speaking style. Though Maya (the girl who is initially ostracized) sounds younger than her peers and sometimes adopts a choppy pace, her innocent tone seems in keeping with her character. Ringleader Candace and her often too-willing sidekick Darcy are biting and snobbish throughout. Thankfully, supporting cast members provide a glimpse of each girl's private family life, which adds depth to the story and the performances. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)

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