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Young Adult

 

I WANNA BE YOUR SHOEBOX

Cristina Garc’a


Read by Zinnia Su



 

Yumi Ruiz-Hirch is part Japanese, part Cuban, and part Brooklyn Jew. But her life is pretty much that of your average teenager. She doesnÕt want to move, she doesnÕt want her mother to remarry, and, most of all, she doesnÕt want her beloved grandfather, Saul, to die. In an effort to forestall the inevitable, she spends more and more time with Saul, collecting the story of his life. National Book Award finalist Garc’a gets YumiÕs voice just right, and a thoughtful upbeat performance by Zinnia Su adds humor and understanding. Further, Su switches effortlessly from YumiÕs grandfatherÕs heavy Brooklyn accent to her motherÕs faint hint of Spanish. This is a comforting coming-of-age story.

 

D.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2009]

 

Young Adult ¥ 4.5 hrs. ¥ Unabridged ¥ ©2008