Pilar Ramirez and the Escape From Zafa by Julian Randall, Read by Amanda Alcántara
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Amanda Alcántara’s vivacious narration embodies the sarcastic voice of 12-year-old Pilar Ramirez in an audiobook that blends the poetry of images and the music of language. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the fun of listening to Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, Julian Randall’s middle-grade debut packed full of adventure. Pilar dreams of finding her missing cousin, who disappeared as a teen in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship. While investigating for her documentary, she’s magically transported into a supernatural world called Zafa full of fantastical beings—and dangerous villains. Alcántara makes dialogue sparkle, humor warm, action speedy, villains threatening, and Pilar an unforgettable, bighearted heroine.
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