Azar On Fire by Olivia Abtahi
Narrated by Alex McKenna
Books on Tape | Listening Library
Publication Date: August 23, 2022
Azar Rossi’s Freshman year of high school has been virtually silent. Her classmates think she’s just quiet, but in reality, Azar’s voice has the croaky rasp of a chain smoker. Due to an extreme case of colic as a baby, Azar’s vocal cords are shredded and talking is quite painful. But Azar has big dreams of being a famous songwriter and when an accident in a school janitorial closet somehow leads to Azar putting together an act for a city-wide teenaged Battle of the Bands, she thinks her dreams may finally be coming true.
Abtahi writes this novel with so much yearning and warmth. Teens will relate to Azar’s all-consuming love for music, as well as her health and family challenges. McKenna does a great job portraying Azar’s raspy voice and heart-felt song lyrics. An easily accessible title for teens of all ages, this audiobook will appeal to readers of Abtahi’s first book, Perfectly Parvin as well as Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon or Julie and the Phantoms.
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