Suzanne Freeman The Cuckoo's Child

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The Cuckoo's Child

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Mia Veery wants her family to behave like the families she reads about. They would never include a mother who flies airplanes and trades one husband for another. Or older sisters who dress all in black and read French novels. Or a father who moves his family from Ohio to live in Lebanon, where even the tangy air tastes foreign.

Every day in Beirut, Mia wishes she could live the way kids are living in America in 1962, eating hot dogs, drinking real milk, maybe watching Bonanza on TV. Then her wish comes true, but in a way she'd never intended.

Mia is sent back to the United States, to Tennessee, to stay with an aunt she's never met. During a summer spent longing for her parents and trying to find her place in her new surroundings, Mia figures out a few truths about families and all that they can and cannot be.

Mia Veery is fierce, funny, and finally, indomitable. Her story marks the extraordinary debut of a talented writer.

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Suzanne Freeman graduated from Boston University. She has been a newspaper writer and editor and a teacher of writing at the University of Virginia, and is currently a book reviewer. She lives in Manchester with her husband and two children. She says, "I lived in Beirut as a child and remember being acutely homesick for 'American' things. I thought that nothing would be right again until I got home and had those things."

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Listening Library has a great young narrator in thirteen-year-old Christy Carlson Romano. She must be heard to be appreciated. The Cuckoo's Child is a roller-coaster story with myriad incidents and emotional highs and lows. Challenges include a United Nations of accents and diverse character types and ages, none of which daunt Romano. It is the 1960's, and young Mia must return from Beirut to Tennessee, when her parents are lost at sea. She has always longed for a traditional American lifestyle, but now she's not so sure she likes it. Romano perfectly portrays Mia's coming of age, effectively showing the girl's range of adolescent emotion. The narrator also gives the sense of talking to the listener as a friend. Freeman's novel is wonderful but the oral presentation makes it come to life. S.G.B. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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