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THE FREE; A NOVEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McLaaughlin
Author's First Name: 
Lauren
Narrator's First Name: 
James Edward
Narrator's Last Name: 
Shippy
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
James Edward Shippy is adept at voicing not only male and female characters of varying races/cultures, but of also capturing their emotional states as they navigage "juvie", all charged with crimes, some heinous. The main narrator Isaac West has taken the "rap" for someone else in an effort to secure a better life for his sister but he finds lies in prison much more difficult to maintain. While the story may have a potentially happier resolution that is realistic, the friendships that form and the sense of what life is like for kids who really never have had a chance is very powerful. A compelling listen. Edie Ching (Audiobook).