cover image Icefall


Matthew J. Kirby, read by Jenna Lamia. Scholastic Audiobooks, unabridged, eight CDs, 9 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-0-545-35400-4

For their protection during wartime, the king sends his three children, including daughter Solveig, and a group of servants to a stronghold sealed in by mountains and a frozen sea. But as winter passes, it becomes clear that a traitor is hiding in their midst. Faced with suspicion, danger, and death, shy, plain Solveig discovers inner strength and courage, as well as an almost magical talent for storytelling that may have the power to save her life. Jenna Lamia's narration will captivate listeners from start to finish. Her rendition of Solveig brings the character to life and perfectly captures her initial self-doubt, growing strength and confidence, and storytelling ability. Lamia also creates unique voices for the other characters%E2%80%94her rendering of Solveig's young brother and the quirky, offbeat master storyteller are standouts. This winning audio edition of an original and imaginative tale is not to be missed. Ages 8%E2%80%9312. A Scholastic Press hardcover. (Oct.)