"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine hoping that it will mean a whole new start for Lucca and Siena. She soon realizes that their wonderful old house on the beach holds secrets. When Siena writes in her diary with an old pen she found in her closet, the pen writes its own story, of Sarah and Joshua, a brother and sister who lived in the same house during World War II. As the two stories unfold, amazing parallels begin to appear, and Siena senses that Sarah and Joshua's story might contain the key to unlocking Lucca's voice.
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by Suzanne Myers
by Suzanne Bugler
by Suzanne Jurmain
by Suzanne Chazin
by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
"When Siena and her family move from Brooklyn to the Maine shore, she and her little brother, Lucca, find that their house has ghostly traces of the family that used to live there. Ariadne Meyers portrays Siena in a pragmatic tone. While she has a youthful pitch and rhythm to her voice, Meyers depicts her in a way that makes her sound fairly unflappable, whether sheÕs dealing with ghostly visits or the need to make new friends in a new town. Meyers also transitions smoothly from the contemporary Siena to the more childish voice of Sarah, the girl who used to live in SienaÕs house, as well as the shell-shocked, deeper voice of Joshua, who invades SienaÕs dreams. When listeners finally hear the voice of Lucca, his childlike pitch and pronunciation, so different from SienaÕs careful words, are well worth the wait. E.N. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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