Reviews for Miracle's Boys : Library Edition
AudioFile Reviews 2002 February/March
Lafayette has to share his bedroom with the older brother he calls "New Charlie." Seems like the brother he knew and loved didn't come back from his stretch in the reformatory. This guy is more like a stranger than a brother. But now that Mama's dead, being able to stay in their NYC apartment with oldest brother Ty'ree hinges on whether or not Charlie can stay out of trouble. It might look grim for this family, but there's a lot of heart and warmth in this reading by DulÄ Hill. Hill, who ironically plays a young man named Charlie on the TV drama "The West Wing," brings all three brothers to life in a low-key, boys-in-the-'hood performance that lets listeners feel the pain without ever losing hope. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2001 #6
Miracle's boys are battered survivors-their parents have died, and the brothers face the dangerous attractions of living on their own in a rundown urban neighborhood. Dul? Hill's delivery is abrupt, almost staccato, with a full stop at the end of nearly every sentence as if Lafayette, the story's narrator, is hesitant to plunge forward into an uncertain future. Hill's voice softens, however, when Lafayette, unable to bear the present, retreats into memories of his mother. Subtle, almost infinitesimal changes in vocal register neatly capture the very different personalities of Lafayette's two brothers: Charlie-recently returned from reform school-and Ty'ree, who is sacrificing his chance to go to college in order to keep the brothers together. Hill's narrative style lends a necessary strength to this gritty story of survival in the face of enormous odds. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 September #2
Currently riding high with a role in TV's The West Wing, actor Hill's hip reputation and powerful performance here are a perfect match for Woodson's affecting novel about three orphaned African-American brothers struggling to stay together and survive on their own in contemporary New York City. Hill narrates as sensitive, 13-year-old Lafayette, youngest of the three siblings, who is trying to cope with the stresses that often overwhelm him. He's still haunted by the memories of finding his mother Milagro, or Miracle, dead from illness, and confused by the evil actions of middle brother Charlie, recently released from a juvenile detention center. As a stabilizing, caring force, oldest brother Ty'ree works hard to hold the family together in the face of great personal sacrifice. Woodson's realistic situations and dialogue are given even more resonance via Hill's comfortable delivery. And her message of love and hope winning out shines through loud and clear when Hill rises to the emotional, but never sappy, conclusion. Ages 10-14. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.