Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
Goblin Secrets

Goblin Secrets

Fall 2013 Audio Book
Ages: 8 & Up
CD Price: $19.99

William Alexander won the National Book Award for this fantasy, which is rich with details, imagination, and humor. Many of the elements are typical of the fantasy genre-magical creatures, orphaned or wandering children, mysterious circumstances, and a menaced society. There is also a deliberate theatrical component to this book, which makes for a clever twist. For instance, chapters are named like parts of a play (e.g., "Act One, Scene One"), and masks, long a symbol of the stage, are at the center of the plot. Alexander himself reads the audio version, and his voice is soft but intense, lingering over words. This is a great choice for readers of fairytales or fantasy, and would make for excellent bedtime listening.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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