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Ure, Jean. Is anybody there?

URE, Jean. Is anybody there? Read by Finty Williams. 3 tapes. 3 hrs. BBC Audiobooks America. 2004/2006. 1-4056-5088-5. $24.95. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. JS

Joanna, who recalls the story two years later, remembers how she misused her gift of clairvoyance by entertaining her best friends Chloe and Dee when they were all 13 at their school in a "boring suburb" in an English town. Jo's mum also has the gift, but uses it to help people. Typical young teens, the girls gush over boys and dump on a rival. After a pizza party Jo decides to save cab fare home and accepts a ride from Dee's older half-brother Paul, who has a mysterious past. Jo's "gift" kicks in when Paul takes the long way home, towards a notorious gravel pit. She is terrified that she is being kidnapped and jumps out of the car, taking a bus home instead. Nothing dreadful happens, so the book is fine for middle/high school girls (ages 12-16) who will identify with the frazzled emotions, misunderstandings, blabber-mouths, and a desperate desire for a pair of tacky glitter boots.

Williams gives the story a full-voiced reading, using a youngish voice for the girls and an older timbre for Mum. She's good at gushing, panic, angst, being cool and dawning maturity. Janet Julian, English Teacher (retired), Grafton, MA

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:Jul 1, 2006
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