Julieta and the Diamond Enigma
by Luisana Duarte Armendariz
Narrated by Adriana Santos, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Frankie Corzo, Ramon De Ocampo
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Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 | Archive Date Not set
Publisher Spotlight Audio, Live Oak Media
With a mix of Spanish and French words and phrases within the text and the endearing energy of the irrepressible Julieta, young listeners will be transported to Paris and the world of art in this middle-grade mystery about a diamond stolen from the Louvre -- a robbery that nine-year-old Julieta and her art-handler dad walk in on and are accused of!
Starred Review Julieta’s parents work in the world of art museums, and she is eager to accompany her father to Paris’ Louvre as he arranges the loan of art pieces for an exhibition in Boston. When the famed Regent Diamond is stolen, Julieta is in the middle of a high stakes mystery. With a bilingual family and international travel, the full cast portrays a range of accents, as well as phrases in Spanish and French, with panache. ... Underpinning the mystery are facts about Paris, art history, mythology, and culture. In other works, nonfiction asides can be dry, but here they are seamlessly woven into the plot and Julieta’s excitement for new knowledge is contagious to the listener. BOOKLIST
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Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz follows an adventurous nine-year-old girl named Julieta. Julieta is on her first trip to Paris, with her art historian father, when she witnesses a crime and becomes involved in solving the case. This is a fun international mystery and adventure story suitable for younger audiences. The multilingual aspects of this story are wonderful for young children developing an interest in new cultures and languages. I really enjoyed the pacing of the book and the story overall; my only complaint was I felt the main character read younger than the nine years she is described as. This would be a great audiobook for long car journeys with your family, the narration is engaging, and the various voices are fun to listen to.