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BEST VOICES Children & Family PAUL BOEHMER Mister Max by Cynthia Voigt (Listening Library) JIM DALE Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Simon & Schuster Audio/ Recorded Books) L.J. GANSER Zero the Hero by Joan Holub (Recorded Books) SUZY JACKSON On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor (Recorded Books) NICK PODEHL Doll Bones by Holly Black (Listening Library) TARA SANDS Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Listening Library) P.K. Pinkerton and the Petriļ¬ed Man by Caroline Lawrence (Listening Library) MARK TURETSKY Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass (Recorded Books) Rescue by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Audiobooks) She skillfully narrates adult titles as well, but it should come as no surprise to anyone who's listened to Tara Sands narrate audiobooks for children that she has plenty of experience playing kids. In 1994 and 1995, when she was a teenager herself, she performed in several multi-cast Babysitter's Club audio- 20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2013 books. In Caroline Lawrence's P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, Sands brings to life a spunky 12-year-old detective with Asperger's in the Wild West, maintaining a careful balance between P.K.'s dedication to solving her case and her offbeat comic relief. And in Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses, Sands treats listeners to a lively, madcap adventure, taking on a variety of personalities with gusto. "Finishing an audiobook," she told us, "is as satisfying to me as finishing the run of a play." It's satisfying for her listeners, too.

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