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soothing voice, filled with southern comfort
and charm, which draws family members and
servants easily to her aid. There are several
frenzied chase scenes, which are executed at
a thrilling pace. This is an excellent choice for
the whole family. —Mary Thompson
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?
By Kate DiCamillo. Read by Lorna Raver.
2016. 1hr. Listening Library, CD, $15 (9780553396140).
Baby Lincoln, an elderly denizen of Deckawoo Drive, home of, among others, the
endearing pig Mercy Watson, goes on an
adventure in this short, sweet tale about independence. After having an intriguing dream
about a “necessary journey,” Baby knows she
faces a pivotal moment in her relationship
with her bossy older sister, Eugenia, who has
cast-in-cement opinions about everything.
Baby sets out on a train ride, where she meets
some interesting passengers, each of whom
broadens her horizons. Tremulously voiced
by Raver, Baby is at first tentative, gradually
becoming surer and firmer. Eugenia is given
an imperious hauteur, while neighbor Stella
is confidently encouraging, especially when
she plays a part in reuniting the sisters. “See?”
she says happily. “You are two sisters who love
each other.” And indeed they are. This is a
charming audio romp sure to satisfy fans of
the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive se-
ries, for early chapter readers. —Karen Cruze
to fit in anywhere, and her wealthy, inattentive
parents have sent her to eight boarding schools.
Now at the Experimental Center of Love and
Learning, Alice rescues Millie, an oddly hairy
girl, and the two become friends. Millie, it
turns out, is Yare, a Bigfoot, and when Jeremy,
a very ordinary boy in a family of overachiev-
ers, discovers what’s really happening in the
woods near the strange school, chaos ensues.
The three main characters are nicely delineated
through the crisp, energetic performances of
Galvin, Keith Nobbs, and Jen Ponton, who
also create appropriate voices for the host of
secondary characters. Their unhurried cadence
and warm, inviting tones are well suited to the
gentle story line of tolerance and acceptance.
A Most Magical Girl.
By Karen Foxlee. Read by Jayne Entwistle.
2016. 8.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780147521057).
Days before her thirteenth birthday, Annabel
finds her proper Victorian life upended when
her mother unexpectedly sends her to live with
two great-aunts she didn’t know she had. The
aunts are witches who run a dusty old magic
shop in London, and Annabel soon learns that
she, too, has magical powers and is destined
to save London from a dark wizard. In the
voice Entwistle gives Annabel, listeners hear
her transition from shaky and fragile at being
abandoned to strong and brave as she contin-
ues her quest. The voices of the aging aunts are
suitably creaky, and the rough London accent
of Kitty, Annabel’s “wild girl” companion, fur-
ther distinguishes the backgrounds of the two
girls. Otherwise, Entwistle’s narration is even
and well paced, slowing to match the wonder
when describing something magical and speed-
ing up to match rising action. Fantasy lovers
will devour this classic tale of good versus evil
with a strong heroine. —Ashley Young
Serafina and the Twisted Staff.
By Robert Beatty. Read by Cassandra
2016. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45
(9780451485632). Gr. 4–7.
Narrator Campbell grabs listeners from the
very first sentence of this historical mystery
and throws them into the unrelenting action
and excitement. As in the previous book in
the series, Serafina and the Black Cloak (2015),
a villain threatens the Vanderbilt family and
the Biltmore Estate. The terrifying bearded
man’s voice is thick with menacing command
as he slithers through the forest, capturing
animals. The snooty Lady Rowena beguiles
the family with her deceptively sweet British
accent, and the gruffly voiced and shady Mr.
Grathin claims to be a detective. When animals on the estate begin to behave strangely
and attack residents for no reason, Serafina
leaps into action, accompanied by her best
friend, Braeden. Campbell gives Serafina a