The Madman of Piney Woods
"Curtis returns to early-twentieth-century Canada in this companion novel to ELIJAH OF BUXTON. In alternating chapters, JD Jackson voices Benji, an aspiring reporter and lover of the woods, and Kirby Heyborne voices Red, an Irish boy who lives in neighboring Chatham. Both narrators deliver the boysÕ self-assuredness with relish, as well as their fear of encountering the ÒMadman of Piney Woods,Ó but they shine most in the voices of the adult characters. Jackson terrifies listeners by detachedly recounting the horrors of the Civil War as the Madman. Heyborne delivers a pitch-perfect Irish accent in the voice of Grandmother OÕToole.The care in both portrayals brings depth to CurtisÕs theme of the varying ways hardships can shape or damage human beings. E.M.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"