Notable children's writer Barbara O'Connor has written several popular children's books including Beethoven in Paradise. In Fame and Glory, Bird Weaver has two goals. She wants to be famous and to go to Disney World. Bird might be able to make her dreams come true when her school has a spelling bee. Dretzin's sunny narration takes listeners to Bird's world in Freedom, Georgia.
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by Barbara O'Connor
by Eve Bunting
by Jerry Spinelli
by Christopher Golden
"Julie Dretzin assumes the persona of lonely, picked-on Berdette Weaver in this charming, funny coming-of-age story. She gives voice to a plucky "Bird," who, in spite of the teasing of her classmates, faces life with the confidence to make her dreams come true. Dretzin brings the Southern atmosphere to life, using intonation rather than an accent as she gives each character a unique voice. As Bird's confidante and mentor, Miss Delphine is particularly well drawn, with the honeyed tones you expect from a Southern lady. Harlem, the new student Bird decides to befriend, also comes alive and is instrumental in bringing fame and glory to Freedom, Georgia. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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