Performer Edwina Wren lends credence to this coming-of-age tale, as she deftly captures the teenage sensibilities of the story’s 18-year-old protagonist, Liza: confident, sarcastic, and self-assuredly hip, but tempered by youthful angst and naivety in the face of familial strife and an uncertain future. Listeners will follow Liza from Australia to Greece, where she’s reunited with her ailing grandmother, Ara. The reunion isn’t altogether comfortable, as Ara reveals family secrets and encroaches on Liza’s personal space. Heading into their final year of school, Liza and her cousin Aliki struggle to cope with the responsibilities of young adulthood, even as family secrets from their childhood remain unresolved. Throughout, Wren brims with fresh-faced wonder, defiant rambunctiousness, and playful good humor.
If you liked Looking for Alibrandi, you'll love Aliki Says, from the acclaimed author of Willow Tree and Olive, winner of the 2001 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.