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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarSTEVENSON, Noelle. Nimona. 2:17 hrs. HarperAudio. Oct. 2016. $24.99. ISBN 9780062562807. digital download.

au-stevenson-nimonaGr 7 Up –Imagine a future where technology meets medieval studies mashed with a bit of supernatural and government conspiracy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is determined to expose the despicable activities of the Institute of Law Enforcement, which is led by his former best friend, Sir Ambrose Goldenloin. Such a large undertaking requires not just any sidekick. Enter Nimona, a quick-witted, hilarious teen shape-shifter who has a knack for getting into and out of trouble. Ballister is resistant to take Nimona under his wing, but as the two become closer, Ballister realizes Nimona’s mysterious past and inconsistent powers might be bigger and more dangerous than he ever imagined. Turning a graphic novel into a successful audiobook is no easy task. Images from the graphic novel are interpreted into original music to convey the action and emotion normally portrayed visually. Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, and Marc Thompson narrate, providing the cast of characters with unique voices. Polished sound effects complement the action and chapter changes VERDICT This title offers a charming dose of auditory magic. It could easily be paired with the print book for reluctant readers and for those who want to see the illustrations while listening. A great addition to all collections. [“A vibrant solo work from “Lumberjanes” (Boom!) cocreator”: SLJ 4/15 starred review of the HarperTeen book.]—Amanda ­Schiavulli, Finger Lakes Library System, NY

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