White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson, Read by Marcella Cox
YA Horror at its Best
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Narrator Marcella Cox’s warm voice draws listeners into Tiffany D. Jackson’s White Smoke, the story of Mari, a Black teenager getting a fresh start in a town full of secrets. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Jackson’s creepy tale of hauntings and hidden histories. Mari and her blended family have just moved from California to a Midwestern town where they get a house for free, courtesy of her mom’s new job. They hadn’t realized it would be on a street full of burned-down houses, or that they’d hardly get a warm welcome. Cox amplifies Mari’s anxiety and her fear as horrors unfold, and listeners will be riveted.
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