Discovering Pig Magic by Julie Crabtree (Blackstone)

Tavia Gilbert’s girlish tones portray the emotions of 13-year-olds perfectly: the fast, eager speech when talking about an enthusiasm, the hesitancy when talking to a special boy, the sad whispers when referring to a sick sibling. When Gilbert turns her vocal talents to the adults in Matilda’s life, she captures their world-weariness in a raspy growl or a sigh. Gilbert makes the most of this slight coming-of-age story. AudioFile