Monday, February 25, 2019

Middle Grade Monday and Audio Review: Miles Morales: Spider Man by Jason Reynolds

Miles Morales: Spider Man by Jason Reynolds. Unabridged audiobook on six compact discs. 414 minutes. Read by Guy Lockard. Books on Tape/ Listening Library, 2017. 9780525527144. (Review of audiobook borrowed from public library. Own hardcover.)

Middle Grade Monday features Miles Morales: Spiderman by Jason Reynolds. This Marvel Comic adaptation is set in Brooklyn and features Afro-Latino teenager Miles, who, thanks to his uncle, was bitten by a mechanical spider and now possesses superpowers. He feels some anger toward his uncle and guilt over his death. At school his spidey sense has sent him on some false alarms and has gotten him in trouble with his vile history teacher, who seems to have it in for him. This novelization of the Marvel hero is an action-packed page-turner; yet it also manages to create a vivid Brooklyn setting and nuanced characters. 

Guy Lockard has narrated most of Reynolds' audiobooks and he does a fine job here. He has a nice variety of voices and his pacing is brisk. Miles Morales belongs in every school and public library. 

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