Reviews for Brendan Buckley's Universe And Everything In It

AudioFile Web Reviews
Summer proves to be a time of discovery for 10-year-old Brendan Buckley. Spending time with his Grandma Gladys and friend Khalfani brings both surprises and a myriad of questions for Brendan's secret notebook. Reconciling his family's biracial history and his love of geology is no easy matter. Mirron Willis brings Brendan to life. He voices Brendan's emotions with a childlike intonation. In contrast, his rich adult voices bring brusqueness to Gladys, mystery to Grandfather DeBose, and compassion to Brendan's dad. His moderate pacing allows the listener to consider the many questions that Brendan has and the effect the answers have on his life. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 April

Gr 4-6--Ten-year-old Brendan Buckley loves science, Tae Kwan Do, questions, and looking for answers. While visiting the local mall with his grandmother, the boy meets his estranged maternal grandfather, Ed, for the first time and begins to wonder about the rift between his mother and her father. Ed and Brendan are drawn together by a mutual interest in rock collecting and meet secretly. When Brendan's parents discover that the two are spending time together, they reveal that Ed is opposed to their biracial marriage (his mother is Caucasian and his father is African American). Brendan must come to grips with this information, how it affects his feelings towards his grandfather, and his own identity. Sundee T. Frazier's novel (Delacorte, 2007) is well-narrated by Mirron Willis who gives unique voices to all the intriguing characters. Listeners will be captivated.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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