Tomato Girl

CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: CV065
Released: Nov 25, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781436155496
Narrator/s: Julia Gibson
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Drawing favorable comparisons to the literary stylings of Carson McCullers and Kaye Gibbons, Jayne Pupek's debut is hailed by Library Journal as a "wrenching, stunning, and pitch-perfect novel." Eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up quickly when her pregnant mother develops health problems and her father's attentions become diverted by a teenage produce peddler. To escape, Ellie creates a secret world of her own, where life still seems normal.


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Tomato Girl
Product Number: BX00008897
Product Number:CV065
Product Number:Z0186

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Author(s): Jayne Pupek
Narrator(s): Julia Gibson
Product Number Z0186
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781456107499

Professional reviews

"Julia Gibson persuades listeners to see the world through the eyes of 11-year-old Ellie, who voices her disgust at the idea of kissing, curiosity about Kotex, and a mix of guilt and confusion over her parents' behavior. Who wouldn't be confused? Gibson's portrayal of Ellie's bipolar mother is chilling--high-pitched and brassy one moment, distraught the next. Ellie's father's tone is even and mature, but his actions belie those traits when he hires a flirty teenager to help around the house and they begin an obvious affair. Gibson portrays Ellie's parents' increasing strangeness in equal measures with Ellie's growing bafflement. Balance comes with Gibson's description of tender caretakers who underscore Ellie's innocence and hope. This normalcy keeps listeners engaged in the face of a preponderance of eccentric characters and bizarre behaviors. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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