Lions & Liars

5 CDs. 5:41 hrs. Listening Library. Jun. 2018. ISBN 9781101915844. $45. digital download.
Gr 3–7—After Frederick Frederickson is clobbered by a bully while playing an illegal game of dodgeball, he's labeled as the lowest on the food chain: a flea. So he attempts to make the bully jealous by gloating over his scheduled cruise for spring break. Many misadventures land him instead in a camp for naughty boys and mistaken for legendary bad boy Dash. Assuming the other boy's identity helps Frederick develop both friendship and self-respect. Robbie Daymond voices all the characters, using different personas with mixed results. Nasal-sounding Ant-Bite irritates, for example, while the professor's voice works. The plot and predicaments will keep listeners entranced.
VERDICT This entertaining coming-of-age novel is recommended for young listeners.

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