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Yellow by Megan Jacobson | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarJACOBSON, Megan. Yellow. 1 MP3-CD. 7:06 hrs. Brilliance. Jul. 2016. $9.99. ISBN 9781522642121.

yellowGr 9 Up –Fourteen-year-old Kirra Barley’s life is spiraling out of control. She’s bullied by girls at school who claim to be her friends, her father has left home to live with another woman, and her mother’s drinking is worse than it has ever been. Unhappy and alone, Kirra answers a ringing pay phone at the beach in her coastal Australian town, and the ghost of a dead teenager who calls himself Boogie promises to help with her problems if she’ll prove he was murdered 20 years ago. Despite the difficulty and even danger of investigating the cold case, Kirra agrees, a decision that will forever alter her life. Australian actress and singer Marny Kennedy narrates this exceptional coming-of-age story, perfectly capturing Kirra at this critical point in her life. Kennedy’s measured voice draws listeners into the narrative, conveying Kirra’s desperation and loneliness as well as her resilience and ultimate strength. VERDICT Sharply written, gripping, and insightful, this is a book that will stay with listeners long after its conclusion.–Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

This review was published in the School Library Journal November 2016 issue.