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Tahereh Mafi, read by Bronson Pinchot. Listening Library, u, nabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs., $45 ISBN 978-0-451-48604-2
In the land of Ferenwood, color is everything, and all the residents are brightly hued, except 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow, who is devoid of color and feels like an outcast. To make matters worse, Alice’s father went missing three years ago, and she misses him terribly. When Oliver, a boy who made fun of Alice when she was younger, unexpectedly tells her he knows where her father is, she is skeptical but follows him to the land of Furthermore, where the rules of magic are entirely different, everything is illogical and topsy-turvy, and danger lurks around every corner. Voice actor Pinchot is a natural storyteller, and his reading of Mafi’s middle grade fantasy is utterly delightful: his voice is lively, engaging, and whimsical, especially when tossing off the many first-person conversational asides of the story’s unnamed narrator (“She needed Alice to find the ferenberries—I’ll explain why later”; “We are coming upon the last bit of our story now... and I’m feeling bittersweet about it.”) This imaginative tale is even more fun and magical in the voice of Pinchot. Ages 9–12. A Dutton hardcover. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2016
Release date: 08/01/2016
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-1-101-99477-1
Hardcover - 416 pages - 978-1-101-99476-4
Prebound-Glued - 432 pages - 978-0-606-40493-8
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