The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Jenna Fox Chronicles (Volume 1)

Mary E. Pearson; Read by Jenna Lamia

Macmillan Young Listeners

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.





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Praise for The Adoration of Jenna Fox

"Jenna Lamia delivers another outstanding understated, yet absolutely riveting performance in The Adoration of Jenna Fox." - 5MinutesForBooks.com
"Narrator Jenna Lamia excels at evoking the haunting, yet detached way that Jenna begins to connect the events in her life. Combining science fiction, medical mystery, and teen relationships into an excellent package that is satisfying from beginning to end, this is a must-have for all collections." - School Library Journal
“It’s hard to imagine any reader doing as fine a job with this audio as Lamia.  Her vocal tone is faultless throughout, whether she is self-reflecting or interacting with the other impeccably voiced characters.  There were moments during the sometimes-chilling narration when it was quite literally breathtaking.  Jenna is believably torn, confused, angry, and cautiously hopeful during her recovery, growth and ultimate shocking realization of the truth about her accident and the subsequent steps her parents took to save her.  The bonus interview with the author is as engaging and though provoking as Jenna Fox’s story.  Ideal for book discussions and group listening.” - KLIATT, Starred Review
"...Lamia becomes the transparent agent of Jenna's story: she leads the listener along that path by keeping her voice continually in the now, her nuanced, authentic teen inflection reflecting Jenna's newly won proficiency with language and her gradual decoding of the emotions and motives of her limited circle of family and friends. Lamia holds the rare gift of communicating not only the words on the page but also the punctuation and white space, infusing all with emotion. Listeners are taken beyond the book by the inclusion of a bonus interview with Pearson, which provides the gripping description of the author's driving force behind the writing." - Horn Book Magazine
“Narrator Jenna Lamia, who has a fresh, youthful-sounding voice, assumes the role of the confused teen.  Lamia reads with a strong sense of believability, capturing the tone of a female adolescent with perfection.”  - AudioFile

"The audiobook, ably narrated by Lamia, conveys Jenna's growing sense of dread as she discovers the extent to which her parents have gone to save her life after the accident. The delivery is quiet and almost detached throughout the first part of the audio. Jenna's growing sense of dread is mirrored in the increasingly emotional tones taken on by the narrator." - Teri Lesesne, VOYA

“[Lamia] has to be one of the best voice actors that I’ve heard, easily transitioning between different characters and helping distinguish between them, always clear and concise. Her contribution was certainly a benefit to the novel.” – SciFiChick.com

"Narrator Jenna Lamia brilliantly brings to life one of the most empty -- literally -- young women in fiction" -- Booklist

"Narrator Jenna Lamia, who has a fresh, youthful-sounding voice, assumes the role of the confused teen. Lamia reads with a strong sense of believability, capturing the tone of a female adolescent with perfection." -- AudioFile Magazine

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Kirkus | THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson
Outstanding examination of identity, science and ethics.
- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Mary E. Pearson; Read by Jenna Lamia

  • Mary E. Pearson is the author of three other novels for teens--A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.    

    Jenna Lamia's acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and the films The Fighter, The Box, and Something's Wrong in Kansas, among others. In addition to her YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award-winning of reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Jenna has narrated Carol Lynch Williams's The Chosen One, for which she received the 2010 solo narration (female) Audie Award.  She attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Jenna Fox Chronicles

Mary E. Pearson; Read by Jenna Lamia

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, California Children's Literature Council Award, California Young Reader Medal Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Golden Kite Honor Book, Indiana Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, IRA Young Adult Choices, Kansas State Reading Circle, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Missouri Truman Readers Award Master List, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Texas Lone Star Reading List, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Master List, YALSA Amazing Audiobooks, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults