cover image The Paradise Trap

The Paradise Trap

Catherine Jinks, read by Chelsea Bruland. Listening Library, unabridged, six CDs, 7.5 hrs., $34 ISBN 978-0-307-96806-7

When Holly rents a busted trailer from childhood friend Coco for a vacation at Diamond Beach, her 11-year-old son, Marcus—who would rather spend the summer playing video games—is less than thrilled. Adding to his displeasure is the fact that the beach (a prime vacation spot, as his mother recalls it) has gone to seed. But while playing in the trailer with Coco’s stepson, Edison, Marcus discovers a hidden stairwell that leads to a number of alternate universes. Chelsea Bruland’s narration is clean and engaging, if a little uninspired. She does little to differentiate the book’s characters, e.g., her rendering of Marcus is very similar to her narration of descriptive and expository passages. However, Bruland does deepen her voice for some of the male characters—and her rendition of the story will likely please fans of the book. Ages 8–12. An Egmont USA hardcover. (Apr.)