Julia Whelan’s youthful voice is an obvious asset in the YA genre, but what truly sets her performances apart is her ability to encapsulate the emotions of the teenage experience. She can convey heartbreak, build suspense, and exude angst in a way that reflects the true age and mindset of the central characters.
In a recent interview with Jim Dale, he told us he doesn't "talk down" to children - and that philosophy shows in each and every one of his performances. His tone can be gentle without being condescending; grave without being too frightening. It's a delicate balance to make a book both understandable to children and enjoyable to adults, but Jim makes it seem effortless. And his character work is unmatched.