Nicola Berry: Books 1–3

15 CDs. 17:26 hrs. Listening Library. May 2018. ISBN 9780525632153. $70. digital download.
Gr 3–7—Nicola Berry is just an average girl in class, trying not to be called on, when her life is turned upside down. A very tall man arrives in her classroom to find the Earth Ambassador—Nicola—who will save her planet. The title character sets off to another planet in order to stop Princess Petronella from turning Earth into her own private garbage can. That is only the first adventure that is included in this three-book compilation. In the second adventure, Nicola and her friends are invited to the planet Shobble to help the commander-in-chief, but when they discover that his interests don't align with their own values, they decide to take matters into their own hands. In the third and final adventure, Nicola and the Space Brigade must help one of their own members find their missing family. While intended for younger readers, these stories can easily be enjoyed by those in their teen or later years. Saskia Maarleveld's narration fully immerses listeners in the adventure.
VERDICT These capers will be a delightful experience for those who enjoyed Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

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