Barbara O'Connor is a beloved author whose accolades include honors from the ALA and Junior Library Guild. On the Road to Mr. Mineo's introduces Sherman, the one-legged homing pigeon who flies into town and brings a bunch of hullabaloo with him. Now everyone is all aflutter with Sherman sightings. Everyone, that is, except for Mr. Mineo--he's desperate to find his missing pigeon.
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by Barbara O'Connor
"ItÕs a lazy summer in Meadville, South Carolina, and one of Mr. MineoÕs homing pigeonsÑone-legged ShermanÑis on the loose. Listeners hear the interwoven pursuits of eight quirky townspeople as they scheme to take home the pigeon. Will it be narrator Stella with sidekick Gerald; her annoying brother, Levi, and fellow punks; town liar and bully Mutt; or someone else? Suzy JacksonÕs brisk pace necessitates careful listening to take in the storyÕs quick shifts from one location to the next and ConnorÕs many descriptions of small moments, such as rain that is Òweighing down the Queen AnneÕs lace.Ó JacksonÕs enunciation is clipped and precise. SheÕs convincing as young Stella, skillful as the scheming boys, ever resigned and helpful as GeraldÑall with a just the right touch of Southern twang. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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