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The Resource Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Karen Cushman, (sound recording)

Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Karen Cushman, (sound recording)

Label
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Title
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Statement of responsibility
Karen Cushman
Creator
Contributor
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths
Storyline
Writing style
Character
Audio
Award
  • ALSC Notable Children's Recording
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Audio for Youth
  • YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2011.
Review
  • Karen Cushman again shows her gift for merging flawless research and a winning heroine. Katherine Kellgren matches her skill with an enthusiastic and engaging portrayal. Kellgren's perfect timing and wide range of accents take listeners directly into the heart of Elizabethan England. Heroine Meggy Swann is lame in leg but certainly not in intellect. Kellgren's high-spirited narration allows listeners to imagine a chaotic London in which actors, balladeers, and printers struggle to make a living. Kellgren is at ease with everything from period curses to the sentiments of a friendless child. As she portrays the strong-willed, sharp-tongued Meggy, she convinces listeners that the heroine will prevail over the limitations of her life and her times. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 8 — Uprooted from the home she shares with her uncaring mother in an English country village, 13-year old Meggy Swann is unceremoniously shipped off to London to live with her father. Upon her arrival, Meggy finds her father to be a cold and distant alchemist. He's disappointed that not only is she a girl, but she is crippled and has to walk with the aid of canes. Meggy, along with her only friend and companion, a white goose named Louise, is left to fend for herself in a city that is dangerous, chaotic, crowded, and dirty. Life is especially challenging for her in London in 1573 bcause people with physical deformities are viewed with suspicion and considered cursed by the devil. As Meggy learns to adapt to her circumstances, she meets new people, makes some friends, and spoils a plot to poison a member of the royal court, saving her father's life in the process. Katherine Kellgren's lively reading of Karen Cushman's novel (Clarion, 2010) is flawless, capturing Meggy's feisty temperament in the period language. Her narration of a wide-range of accents if excellent, and she does a wonderful job singing the ballads that Meggy composes and sings. The sights and sounds of the era and the sense of place and time are vividly depicted as Meggy grows in confidence and independence, using available resources and her wit, courage, and determination to forge a place for herself in her new world.—Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH --Mary Oluonye (Reviewed October 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 10, p54)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10036596
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cushman, Karen
Credits note
Director: May Wuthrich
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Katherine Kellgren
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Kellgren, Katherine
  • Listening Library
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • People with disabilities
  • Alchemy
  • Poverty
  • Fathers and daughters
  • London (England)
  • Great Britain
Target audience
pre adolescent
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Karen Cushman, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Compact discs
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
4 sound discs (4 hrs., 23 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780307710222
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
YA 1592A
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)429022178
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Karen Cushman, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
Compact discs
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
4 sound discs (4 hrs., 23 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780307710222
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
YA 1592A
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)429022178
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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