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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Banned Books...Day Five

I decided to do two today since I have some extra time. The first is a classic. There is nothing else to say about it. It has been around since the 60's and its still read in schools today. I love this book. I still have the copy I was given in high school. Lessons learned still hold true today. I dont have the words to describe how truly wonderful this book so I chose to post a review from someone else.....Publishers Weekly "Lee's beloved American classics makes its belated debut on audio (after briefly being available in the 1990s for the blind and libraries through Books on Tape) with the kind of classy packaging that may spoil listeners for all other audiobooks. The two CD slipcases housing the 11 discs not only feature art mirroring Mary Schuck's cover design but also offers helpful track listings for each disk. Many viewers of the 1962 movie adaptation believe that Lee was the film's narrator, but it was actually an unbilled Kim Stanley who read a mere six passages and left an indelible impression. Competing with Stanley's memory, Spacek forges her own path to a victorious reading. Spacek reads with a slight Southern lilt and quiet authority. Told entirely from the perspective of young Scout Finch, there's no need for Spacek to create individual voices for various characters but she still invests them all with emotion. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, which quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement, has been superbly brought to audio." Available as a Perennial paperback. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. So this book is just awesome. Heartwrenching just doesn't describe it. Its been years since I've read it but I still remember details. How it broke my heart when Leslie died. And how my heart hurt for Jess. This is just a wonderful book and why its on a banned book list is beyond me.......Publishers Weekly "Paterson's Newbery-winning novel becomes an entertaining and dramatic audiobook via Leonard's accomplished reading. Jess Aarons is eager to start fifth grade. He's been practicing his sprints all summer, determined to become the fastest runner at school. All seems to be on track, until the new girl in class (who also happens to be Jess's new next-door neighbor), Leslie Burke, leaves all the boys in the dust, including Jess. After this rather frustrating introduction, Jess and Leslie soon become inseparable. Together, they create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope. But one morning a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever. Leonard deftly interprets the strands of humor, realism and heart-wrenching emotion woven into Paterson's fine tale. His careful and authentic handling of Jess's anger and grief in the aftermath of the accident is sure to touch listeners. Contemporary instrumental interludes featuring guitar, piano and drums signal the beginning and end of each tape side." Ages 9-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information

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