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The Hand of Glory.

THE HAND OF GLORY. Sophie Masson. 2004. Read by Richard Aspel. 6 tapes. 8 hrs. Bolinda Audio. 1-74093-250-1. $54.00. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. SA

Masson rewrites Australia's history in this action-filled mystery. Melbourne in 1854 is a dangerous place for Mickey O'Brien, whose father is a drunk and a bully. But it gets even more dangerous when a mysterious Frenchman named Mr. Redding from Esperance, the French colony in Australia, hires Mickey to accost a young lady from England and escort her from her ship into Mr. Redding's hands. Miss Sylvia Hoveden is saved from her fate and allowed to continue her journey to the gold fields in the interior, searching for Felix, her twin brother, who is in desperate trouble. Mickey takes his younger sisters and runs away to the gold fields as well.

Aspel uses his talent with accents to give Masson's story a full-voiced reading. He handles with aplomb various British dialects, as well as Chinese, French, and Australian ones. Older teens will enjoy this fictional history of the continent Down Under and its feisty heroine. Janet Julian, Grafton, MA

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Date:Jan 1, 2005
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