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The Junior Arsonists Club
- By: Craig Tollifson
- Narrated by: Amy McFadden
- Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
For young parents Marilyn and Brad, adopting an orphan girl from Belgorod, Russia, was supposed to make their lives complete. But from the moment she arrives, 12-year-old Zhanna has one thing on her mind: setting fire to the family couch. At first Marilyn is determined to love the pyromania right out of her new daughter. But when Brad jets away on business-or so it seems-Marilyn is forced into a dark and hilarious game of cat-and-mouse with the preteen pyromaniac.
A glimpse of America in every word
- By Imweezle on 01-09-15
Unexpected funny and light listen
If you could sum up The Junior Arsonists Club in three words, what would they be?
What did you like best about this story?
The way you could empathize with the main character, both the author and the voice actress did a great job on this.Also, the uncommon characters, even if some of them could be a bit... creepy? It didnt feel like it went for cliches or was a redo of some other story.
Have you listened to any of Amy McFadden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Haven't listened to others
Who was the most memorable character of The Junior Arsonists Club and why?
Can't really decide between Marilyn and Zhana, It was easy to feel empathetic about Marilyn, but Zhana and her obsession with the couch were hard to ignore.
Any additional comments?
The title certainly makes you expect something entirely different, but it was still a quite enjoyable short story that even made me laugh out loud a couple of times. At first I expected this to be a story about Zhana and a couple of her friends creating a club to burn things or something, but i couldnt be farther from the truth.I feel that the last 15 minutes deserve a warning since the rest of the story is entirely PG13.
Finally, the couch had it coming... though it is hard to think about all the memories, both good and bad, that went with it;
Still, Marilyn deserved a new begining, and there could be no better way to do so than to get rid of everything that couch meant to her.