Eleven-year-old Amelia Fairwick is eagerly waiting for her widowed father to return from his business trip. But a letter arrives with shattering news - Papa has been lost in a terrible hotel fire. Now Amelia must leave her London home to live in America with a relative she has never met. Amelia thinks things can't get much worse when stern Cousin Charlotte travels with her on the voyage across the Atlantic. Amelia must stay alone in the cabin, talking to no one. But the day the ship arrives in New York City is worst of all. As Amelia waits on the pier for her trunk, Cousin Charlotte disappears! Edgar Award-winning author Barbara Brooks Wallace creates thrilling mysteries filled with authentic historical details. In Cousins in the Castle, she tells the suspenseful tale of a youngster plucked from a pampered existence and plunged into a dangerous world where villains plot beneath flickering gaslights. Steven Crossley's dramatic performance transports you from genteel Victorian London to the seamy slums of New York City.
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by Barbara Brooks Wallace
by Emily Rodda
by Martin Booth
by Paul Fleischman
by Lloyd Alexander
"Steven Crossley's low voice and British accent add drama to the story of 11-year-old Amelia. Kidnappers imprison her after a traumatic journey to America to live with her cousin after her parents' deaths. Crossley's voice quivers with the portrayal of her grief and her struggle to adjust to a new culture. A strange choice to narrate a book with mainly female characters, Crossley strains beyond his vocal range to depict high-pitched cousin Charlotte. His performance of Amelia's whiny singing is distracting. The most redeeming part of this story is the friendship that develops between Amelia and a poor, street-smart boy. Crossley reads him in a lower-class British accent. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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