Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Audiobook of the Week: Millicent Min, Girl Genius

This week's Audiobook of the Week is Lisa Yee's Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Millicent is not your typical 11 year old. Most 11 year olds don't attend high school. She doesn't fit in with her fellow high school students, nor does she fit in with other 11 year olds. And if things aren't difficult enough, she's spending the summer tutoring a very ungrateful Stanford Wong. Things change when she meets Emily; Emily doesn't know that she's a child genius. Not wanting Emily to think she's weird, Millicent hides her achievements and her giftedness, until the inevitable discovery threatens to shatter their friendship.

The reader, Keiko Agena, is a perfect fit for the story. Her young-sounding voice brings Millicent's diary entries alive and makes them believable. Millicent is very socially immature, which can make her quite exasperating at times; Yee's masterful characterization and Agena's charmingly honest reading allow the reader to root for Millicent, even when she is being hopelessly clueless. An excellent recording!

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