AUDIO

Tradition

8 CDs. 9:53 hrs. Listening Library. May 2018. $60. ISBN 9780525639121. digital download.
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Gr 9 Up—Jamie Baxter is a disgraced hockey player who is attending Fullbrook Academy on a sports scholarship. His outsider status enables him to view the school's toxic masculinity and the faculty's deliberately blind eye toward it through a more objective lens. Jules Devereux is a senior who has survived the traditions of introducing first-year girls to their "duties" via practice sessions with bananas and the partnering of first year girls with exiting seniors for the Winter Ball. Their partnership begins to make a dent in a predatory atmosphere. Robbie Daymond and Alex McKenna's slow-paced narration and seemingly random jumps between readers without clear chapter breaks makes this production feel more like a stream-of-consciousness description of events between two teens rather than an audiobook.
VERDICT This would be a powerful companion to Louise O'Neill's Asking for It and Mindy McGinnis's The Female of the Species and it also provides a strong curricular connection to health classes.

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