cover image The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born

The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born

Walter Dean Myers, read by Kevin R. Free. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, three CDs, 3 hrs., $19.99 ISBN 978-1-4418-6339-3

The third installment in Myers’s Cruisers series follows the adventures of Zander—the creator of an alternative high school newspaper called The Cruiser—and his friend LaShonda, who recently won a scholarship because of her theatrical costume design. As high praise and opportunities for LaShonda start rolling in, she finds herself conflicted by a difficult choice she must make—whether to embrace her success or stick with her autistic brother. Narrator Kevin R. Free turns in a solid performance in this audio edition. His narration is brisk, clear, and captures the fast-paced world of DaVinci Academy. Free also proves adept at vocally differentiating the book’s many characters—from the unctuous assistant principal (with crisp, over-enunciated diction) to the down-to-earth, good-humored Zander and free-willed LaShonda. Free’s rendition of LaShonda is particularly impressive—he vividly renders her excitability and internal turmoil. Ages 9–12. A Scholastic Press hardcover. (Aug.)