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Lockhart, E. Fly on the wall.

LOCKHART, E. Fly on the wall. Read by Caitlin Greer. 3 tapes. 4 hrs. Listening Library. 2006. 0-307-28578-2. $38.00. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. JS

From the KLIATT review of the book, March 2006: "Paying homage to both Kafka and Spider-Man, Lockhart's latest answers the question that most teenage girls ask: What do guys really do in the locker room? Gretchen Yee is an ordinary girl in a school for extraordinary students. She's mostly a loner whose love for comics is evident in her artwork, much to the dismay of her art teacher. Gretchen tries to stretch her wings, but she's tied down by everything else going on in her life--her crush on the boy who doesn't notice her, her best friend's constant busyness, and most of all, the separation of her parents. Part one: life as an artificial redhead is the story of Gretchen the outsider whose father has moved out and whose mother takes off for a trip.

Part two: life as a vermin is the story of Gretchen, the fly who is trapped in the boys' locker room where she sees everything (yes, everything) and finally starts to understand the social hierarchy of the male species. In Part three: life as a super hero, Gretchen wakes up as herself, but better, and suddenly life looks a lot different. A fun and fast read, [this] gives readers a peek behind the closed doors of male adolescence."

Greer brings to life the three parts of Gretchen Yee's adventures with the same fun and fast pace that is present in the print version. Greer's voice allows for the teen angst, curiosity, and uncertainty felt by Gretchen as she tries to make sense of all that is happening to her. The changes in tone for each character are understated with the emotions and attitudes of each clearly conveyed. With repeated and frequent references to the male anatomy as "gherkin" and "booty," with many specific details shared with the listener along with fairly strong language used by the boys in the locker room in which Gretchen the fly has been trapped, this is perhaps an audio best suited for a public library. Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Svcs. Libn., Fairport PL, Fairport, NY

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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