In 1905, ten-year-old Lavina Cumming hugs her father good-bye and boards a train headed north. She is leaving her father, her five brothers, and her ranch in Arizona Territory to live with her rich aunt in California. With warmth and charm, award-winning author Susan Lowell paints a unique portrait of life in historic California. I Am Lavina Cumming blends adventure, friendship, and southwestern lore into a delightful story that will win the hearts of young listeners everywhere.
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"Sent to live with her aunt in Santa Cruz, 10-year-old Lavina finds daily adventures await her, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Barbara Caruso reads Lavina's long narratives, as well as provides voices for the story's other characters. Her pleasing voice readily meets the challenge of performing the different ages and cultural backgrounds of the numerous female parts. Her performance of male voices, while individualistic, is not as strongly rendered. Caruso gives her liveliest and most enjoyable performance as Bridgette, the Irish maid, radiating the character's naturally warm disposition and love of fun. Captivating historical fiction story for younger and older listeners alike. P.A.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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