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Author: Jyotsna Hariharan Narrator: Phoebe Strole, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9780062663474
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The Grand Prize winner of HarperCollins's audio drama contest. "By turns amusing and angst-filled, this well-paced production is a good choice for fans of full-cast audios" (AudioFile).

All Alex Dassan needs to do is win second place in the debate team finals. The second place prize is a trip to the Nottingshire Retreat in London where she’ll have a chance to take a class with her writing idol, Mary Noelle Simmons. Alex knows that once she meets Mary her life will fall into place and her dreams of becoming a writer will be possible (and less scary). Nothing is going to stand in Alex’s way—especially not a dad who’s never home and a mom who left to go "find herself" in India. The only problem: with minutes before the competition and a missing debate partner, Alex is feeling a little desperate.

All Jeremy Beekman needs to do is pass AP Biology. If Jeremy passes then he can get into medical school, become a doctor in 10 years, and keep his family together--he won’t disappoint his parents the way his brother did. The only problem: Jeremy spends more time on art and the AV Club than on his homework.

When Alex and Jeremy run into each other (literally!) before the debate team competition, they make an arrangement—if Jeremy helps Alex win the debate team finals then Alex will tutor Jeremy in biology. What could go wrong?

What starts as an academic arrangement soon turns into a friendship where absent parents and burdensome expectations are confronted, dreams are dreamed bigger, and the debate team competition stakes are even higher. You may now begin your rebuttal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, and a talented full cast narrate the Grand Prize winner of HarperCollins’ audio drama contest. Strole and Crouch give authentic-sounding youthful voices to funny and determined teens Alex Dassan and Jeremy Beekman…They work out their issues through their competitions, while Dan Bittner, as the announcer, attempts to keep the peace. Peter Ganim as Alex’s workaholic Indian–American father and Nina Mehta as her distant mother…provide performances that enhance the cultural credibility of the production…This well-paced production is a good choice for fans of full-cast audios.”

    AudioFile

  • “Hariharan writes pitch-perfect dialog and smart, surprising protagonists…We’re thrilled that Rebuttal—a smart, funny, insightful audio drama—won the grand prize.”

    Ana Maria Allessi of HarperAudio on the results of their Radio Drama Contest

  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Original Work Narration

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About the Author

Jyotsna Hariharan is originally from Madurai, India, and dabbles in everything from fiction, dramatic writing, and content marketing to sketch comedy and angsty poetry. She is a final year MFA candidate in dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

About the Narrators

Phoebe Strole is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Peter Ganim, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an American actor who has appeared on stage, on television, and in film. He has performed voice-over work since 1994.