Having spent her youth travelling the world, Edgar Award winner Frances O'Roark Dowell is the author of the critically acclaimed Shooting the Moon. A compelling coming-of-age story, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be will resonate in the minds of listeners of all ages long after its conclusion.
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by Frances O'Roark Dowell
"A wistful narration illuminates this drama of middle school friendship. In alternating sections, Kate and Marilyn tell how their friendship is merging into a new understanding. Jessica Almasy's soft voice works well for the extended internal musings of the two girls. Almasy conveys their hurt feelings and confusion with a defensive vocal tone. Listeners will also hear the anger between the girls in Almasy's hard-edged tones. The story would be better if the characters' voices were more distinctive. Upon occasion, it's difficult to tell which girl is speaking. While the production holds no surprises, it's buoyed up by a consistent narration. Almasy's carefully crafted atmosphere will appeal to middle school girls. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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