Eleven-year-old Michael Murray is the best at two things: keepy-uppies and keeping secrets. His family thinks he's too young to hear grown-up stuff, but he listens at doors; it's the only way to find out anything. And Michael's heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his mother's face.
When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret waiting to be discovered. Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to be normal again, Michael sets out to piece together the truth. But he also has to prepare for the upcoming talent show, keep an eye out for Dirty Alice, his arch-nemesis, and avoid eating Granny's watery stew.
Closed Doors is a vivid evocation of the fears and freedoms of childhood and a powerful tale of love, the loss of innocence, and the importance of family in difficult times.
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"Portraying 11-year-old Michael Murray, narrator Simon Vance voices the innocence, wonder, and fragility of childhood, pulling listeners back to a time of their own simplicity. VanceÕs forceful, no-nonsense delivery reminds the listenerÑoften humorouslyÑhow seriously a child views his world. Michael is transitioning from a na•ve boy into an awkward adolescent when a crushing family trauma destroys his youthful sense of well-being. With a plainspoken approach, Vance conjures up empathy for a vulnerable child who tries to use his dictionary to understand the adult circumstances heÕs thrown into. This gripping audio production opens the door on raw emotion. J.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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