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Frozen: The Junior Novelization

Andi Arndt admirably gives voice to this novelization of Disney’s highly popular “Snow Queen” reimagining. With Frozen sing-alongs now a staple of library programming and a sequel to the movie in the works, families will enjoy a new way to continue their relationships with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and the lovable snowman, Olaf. — School Library Journal

The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

“Be afraid—very afraid. Evie, rookie Toronto crime reporter in 1993, exudes hypervigilance, sometimes escalating to heart-fluttering terror. She still has emotional scars from the unsolved murder of her best friend, 10 years ago. Now 21 and living alone, Evie fears she’s next and seeks her childhood friend David’s help with her investigation. Arndt skillfully calibrates her vocal skills from bright to outright panic, delicately shading the transitions along the way and reflecting the cumulative power of past trauma as she voices Evie’s broken child-self, the high tones seeds of the adult screams to come. It’s been said that a little paranoia is good, but Evie’s, hardly small, becomes an increasing, malevolent force in itself, chipping away at her perceptions and thought processes. Arndt all-too-believably depicts this power’s hold on Evie, whose eroding self-trust and balance create a woman in jeopardy both from within and without.” –Whitney Scott, BOOKLIST

De Mariaffi’s debut thriller, set in and around 1993 Toronto, begins as Evie Jones, a newbie reporter at the Free Press, decides to investigate the event that’s traumatized her for the past decade: the unsolved murder of her best friend Lianne Gagnon, who was 11 years old at the time. Robert Nelson Cameron was identified as a suspect but wasn’t caught. Reader Arndt’s soft, youthful voice, a perfect match for Evie, catches each of the character’s shifting moods—from her determination to uncover the facts of the murder, to self-doubt, to an almost unbelievable fearlessness in courting danger. Arndt makes no particular effort to alter her voice to fit the other characters, but she does manage to give them the proper emotions—such as Evie’s sensible friend David, who isn’t entirely happy with their platonic relationship, her comforting and understanding parents, and her hard-boiled editor. Arndt is also extremely effective in pacing the suspenseful sequences, particularly the final confrontation between Evie and the man she believes to be Lianne’s killer. –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Andi Arndt’s skillful narration expresses the drama that follows in the wake of teenager Carolyn Lessing, whose arrival in Alabama from New Jersey shakes up the sleepy status quo at Adams High. Arndt superbly voices the reactions of Carolyn’s peers to this attractive outsider. With a soft Southern drawl, she sketches the cast of the school, including male and female students, teachers, parents, and coaches. But the weight of the narration–and Arndt’s most artful depiction–is carried by the “we” that voices most of the story. This innovative point of view captures the group of teenaged girls who witness–and, in a way, assist in–Carolyn’s tragic downfall. Provocative and fully engaging, this is a production that will haunt listeners. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2015]

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

“Her dialogue and narrative delivery are realistic, creating an immersive experience that’s hard to leave. Ethan’s voice is sex-on-a-cracker compelling—it’s difficult to imagine that anyone else could spark the chemistry between Ethan and Cassandra so effectively. As the characters manage to smooth out the stupidity that keeps them apart, Arndt reveals their indecision and the inevitability of their magnetic attraction.” C.A. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2015]

A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

Lowry’s first novel, initially published in 1977, is introduced to a new generation of teens through Andi Arndt’s nuanced narration. Even though Meg and Molly have a rocky relationship, Meg is deeply upset when she begins to suspect that something is really wrong with her sister. Arndt conveys the emotional anguish of this family crisis with well-modulated voicing. –School Library Journal

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