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ADA'S IDEAS

ADA'S IDEAS The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer

by Fiona Robinson | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rosalyn Landor's gentle British inflection brings authenticity to the story of Ada Lovelace, the British woman who is credited with being the first computer programmer--more than 100 years before the development of computers as we know them. Taken on visits to the factories of the Industrial Revolution and steeped in mathematics, young Ada had visions of creating the... Read More

THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES

THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES

by Wade Albert White | Read by Linda Henning

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Linda Henning's spirited narration proves that there's no such thing as too much adventure. For thrill-seeking Anne, who spends her days toiling at St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children, a quest with her best friend, Penelope, is a dream come true. Henning captures the evil matron's contempt for Anne at school and during the quest,... Read More

THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES

THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES

by Bernard Evslin | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Graymalkin Media, LLC | Unabridged
Children

An appealing narration by Todd Haberkorn takes us from the Greek siege of Troy to Ulysses's attempts to return home to Ithaca. Intended for a young adult audience, this version of Ulysses's adventures is full of the kinds of gross, juicy details kids love, including the Cyclops, Polyphemus, snacking on some of Ulysses's men. The contemporary language allows teens to pick up on... Read More

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Susan Spain

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Voice actor Susan Spain eloquently captures the story's unnamed narrator, a middle school girl whose life changes when D Foster walks onto her block in Queens, New York. Although our protagonist and her best friend, Neeka, must confine themselves to their neighborhood, to their surprise and envy, D has the freedom to roam the city. Complex relationships, growing independence, a... Read More

ALMOST HOME

ALMOST HOME

Earphones Award Winner

by Joan Bauer | Read by Brittany Pressley

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Bauer has hit a home run with Sugar Mae Cole, who--in spite of homelessness and her mother's breakdown--meets life's challenges with grit and determination. Narrator Brittany Presley gives mom Reba the accent of a Southern belle, with a hint of grit even at her lowest points. When Sugar quotes words of wisdom from grandfather King Cole, Presley's gravelly voice reflects the... Read More

THE ASTRONAUT INSTRUCTION MANUAL

THE ASTRONAUT INSTRUCTION MANUAL Practical Skills for Future Space Explorers

by Mike Mongo | Read by Mike Mongo, Alyssa Carson [Foreword]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author and narrator Mike Mongo says, "You are what you think." And he thinks we're destined to become "humannaires"--civilian space travelers. This "manual" is a practical and motivational handbook designed to help young people fulfill this extraterrestrial destiny. Mongo's passion for his topic is evident in his enthusiastic reading. His zeal is infectious, and it's hard not... Read More

BASIL OF BAKER STREET

BASIL OF BAKER STREET Great Mouse Detective, Book 1

by Eve Titus | Read by Ralph Lister

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Children

Lively music and Ralph Lister's rousing narration enhance this charming story, written in 1958 and set in 1885 London. Basil, a mouse who lives in Sherlock Holmes's home, learned his detecting from the master. Dr. David Q. Dawson, his assistant, recounts Basil's adventures with aplomb, particularly when he must find kidnapped twins Agatha and Angela Proudfoot. Lister's mice all... Read More

THE BEACH AT NIGHT

THE BEACH AT NIGHT

by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein [Trans.] | Read by Natalie Portman

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Natalie Portman rises to the challenge of telling an unsettling story, maintaining a steady pace that leaves no time for surprise or shock. Celina, a doll, is left to endure a horrific evening when her owner is distracted by a kitten and leaves her on the beach. Portman moves listeners from one bizarre moment to the next. Seen from Celina's vantage point, the beach... Read More

BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD

BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Suzanne LaFleur | Read by Christy Carlson Romano

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

The story takes place in the fictional country of Sofarende. Narrator Christy Romano expresses the tenderness among Mathilde's family members even as they're threatened by the bombings in their war-torn town. When Mathilde is given the opportunity to contribute to the war effort and her family's financial well-being, her parents think it's for the best. She passes an... Read More

BERIC THE BRITON

BERIC THE BRITON

by G.A. Henty, Nick Heid | Read by Brian Blessed, Brian Cox, Tom Baker, Huneysuckle Weeks, Cathy Sara, John Rhys-Davies and a Full Cast

Heirloom Audio | Audio Program
Children

The instantly recognizable voice of British actor Brian Blessed (recently awarded an OBE) is just right for leading a cast of equally recognizable voices. Tom Baker from "Doctor Who" and Honeysuckle Weeks from "Foyle's War," to identify just two of the cast members, bring this 125-year-old children's adventure story to life. Beric, the young son of a local chieftain, is... Read More

THE BEST BEAR IN ALL THE WORLD

THE BEST BEAR IN ALL THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley, Paul Bright | Read by Martin Jarvis

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Martin Jarvis takes on the narration of four new Winnie-the-Pooh stories and nails it. In this authorized sequel Jarvis has all the emphasis, hesitation, skepticism, authority, bluster, elongated pauses, grumpiness, breathlessness, hush, and tempo and voice modulation listeners expect from a Winnie-the-Pooh 90th anniversary celebration. Listeners will meet Penguin, who arrives... Read More

THE BONE SNATCHER

THE BONE SNATCHER

by Charlotte Salter | Read by Eilidh Beaton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Eilidh Beaton superbly introduces Salter's macabre debut. As a "sea fever" grips the world, the ocean brims with sea monsters, so everyone flees to the New Continent, except for Sophie, whose family abandons her to a strange family on an island. On an estate reminiscent of Lovecraft or the Addams Family, twin boys follow Sophie through the halls, taunting her in eerily... Read More

BRIKES HILL

BRIKES HILL

Earphones Award Winner

by David Pollitt | Read by David Pollitt and a Full Cast

David Pollitt | Unabridged
Children

David Pollitt's gem will have children of all ages spellbound. When Otto refuses to attend his mother's wedding, he's sent to stay with his grandfather, the inventor of the "brike," which is half bike and half dinosaur. Pollitt, who also cowrote the production's music, is stupendous as brilliant and witty Grandad and engaging as many other characters. Lively music and realistic... Read More

THE CASTLE IN THE MIST

THE CASTLE IN THE MIST

by Amy Ephron | Read by Laraine Newman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Laraine Newman infuses magic into this story about children who discover a friendship that goes beyond time and place. Americans Tess and her brother, Max, are spending the summer in Hampshire, England, with their aunt. Newman captures the children's initial reticence about their visit, separation from their father, and lack of access to the Internet, and reveals how... Read More

THE CELLIST OF VENICE

THE CELLIST OF VENICE

by Kim Maerki | Read by Thomas Hampson, Daniel Müller-Schott [Cello]

Atlantic Crossing Records | Unabridged
Children

Thomas Hampson narrates this short piece of historical fiction set in Venice in 1725. A bundle containing a baby and a cello is abandoned in a church orphanage where the famous Antonio Vivaldi teaches music. Adelina grows to be a talented cellist, which earns her a rare copy of Bach's famous CELLO SUITES. Years later, the cello and the music become her son's only possessions.... Read More

A CRACK IN THE SEA

A CRACK IN THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by H.M. Bouwman | Read by Bahni Turpin, H.M. Bouwman [Afterword]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Bouwman weaves a fascinating story of brothers and sisters, history and fantasy in this incredible tale. Narrator Bahni Turpin is extraordinary in bringing this fantasy world and its characters to life. Her pace is consistently smooth, moving from The Island in 1978 to the Zong slave ship massacre in 1781 and to Vietnamese refugees in 1976. Pip and sister Kitchen sound like... Read More

THE DARKEST DARK

THE DARKEST DARK

by Chris Hadfield | Read by Chris Hadfield

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Astronaut, author, and narrator Chris Hadfield KNOWS. He knows about the terrifying darkness of his childhood room and the deepest darkness of outer space. This intimate knowledge radiates from his narration. Listeners sense the fear in young Chris as he and his parents do battle at bedtime over the necessity for him to stay in his room, which is "very, very dark." Rest is... Read More

THE DRAGON AND THE RAVEN

THE DRAGON AND THE RAVEN

by G.A. Henty, John Fornof | Read by John Rhys-Davies, Helen George, Brian Blessed, Sylvester McCoy John Bell, Katherine Kellgren and a Full Cast

Heirloom Audio | Audio Program
Children

As long as the epic voice of 80-year-old British actor Brian Blessed (STAR WARS I, THE PHANTOM MENACE) is narrating, England will always sound like a wonderfully courageous and magical land. In this tale written in 1886 by popular nineteenth-century children's author G.A. Henty, it's 868 AD, and a young, untested King Alfred must find a way to eject the powerful invading... Read More

THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE

THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ali Standish | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

This debut audiobook will grab listeners' hearts and not let go. Ethan and his family have moved from Boston to Pine Knot, Georgia, supposedly to help his grandfather, but really to help Ethan recover from "the incident" involving his best friend, Kacey. Narrator Kirby Heyborne is extraordinary in the way he inhabits the character of 12-year-old Ethan, vocal cracks and all. He... Read More

A FACE LIKE GLASS

A FACE LIKE GLASS

by Frances Hardinge | Read by Kevin T. Collins

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kevin T. Collins's style is affecting as he delivers this engaging novel, which is rich with backstories. When Cheesemaster Grandible finds Neverfell, a 5-year-old human, in a cheese vat, he's as shocked as she is. The contrast between grumpy, reclusive Grandible and his young adoptee is perfectly rendered by Collins. They live in Caverna, an underground city where... Read More

FLIPPED

FLIPPED

Earphones Award Winner

by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands, Wendelin Van Draanen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

When Juli and Bryce meet at age 7, she falls for him, and he runs. Half a decade later, Bryce is still running--or is he? Ryan Gesell and Tara Sands take turns narrating this young adult romance, which explores a number of contemporary themes, especially the idea that first impressions aren't always what they're cracked up to be. Gesell and Sands hook listeners with their... Read More

FLOWERS FOR SARAJEVO

FLOWERS FOR SARAJEVO

by John McCutcheon | Read by John McCutcheon

Peachtree Publishers | Unabridged
Children

Following a 1992 mortar attack that killed 22 civilians in a Sarajevo market square, cellist Vedran Smailovic performed in the ruins. John McCutcheon is both author and narrator of this picture book based on that event and told in the voice of Drasko, a young boy who sells flowers in the square. McCutcheon's rich baritone voice suits the gravity of the story yet conveys the... Read More

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

by Ellen Oh [Ed.] | Read by Dion Graham, Samantha Quan, Meg Medina, Julia Whelan, Adam Lazarre-White, Tim Tingle, Abigail Revasch, Sunil Malhotra, Kwame Alexander, Dominic Hoffman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

There's a story for every listener in this lively and winning anthology from We Need Diverse Books. Dion Graham brings just the right energy and keen understanding to Matt de la Peña's brilliant "How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium." Tim Federle's "Secret Samantha," as narrated by Julia Whelan, is another standout, and... Read More

FOXHEART

FOXHEART

by Claire Legrand | Read by Billie Fulford Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Billie Brown's narration of this horror-tinged tale of magic, time travel, and thievery will find an enthusiastic audience. The self-proclaimed best thief in all the Star Lands, Quicksilver, escapes her orphanage along with her dog, Fox. She joins a boy named Sly Boots and an older witch named Anastazia in an attempt to save their world from the nefarious Wolf-King. Brown... Read More

THE GATHERING

THE GATHERING Shadow House, Book 1

by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

When five peculiar children, Poppy, Dash, Dylan, Marcus, and Azumi, are trapped in an eerie house, they must work together to find a way out. Narrator Dan Bittner uses a slow pace to keep listeners on edge throughout the story, especially when the children find out that they're not alone--they're with the ghosts of orphaned children from the past. Bittner creates a unique and... Read More

THE HAIRY LEGGED MYSTERY

THE HAIRY LEGGED MYSTERY

by Ruby Allure | Read by Lisa Hicks

Ruby Allure | Unabridged
Children

This Mischievous Mystery has it all: two cute kids, an unidentified "monster," neat parents, and the skills of narrator Lisa Hicks. When Ben and Jenny spot a hairy-legged creature in their garden, they're both fascinated and apprehensive. Hicks's kids are irresistible. Ben is older and bolder while sweet-natured Jenny relies on her brother. Listeners will be amused to hear the... Read More

THE HARLEM CHARADE

THE HARLEM CHARADE

Earphones Award Winner

by Natasha Tarpley | Read by Bahni Turpin

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Bahni Turpin provides complex portraits of this audiobook's three heroes, the way their lives intersect, and the engaging mystery that unites them. Observant, curious Jin is a Korean-American who was orphaned early in life and raised by strict elderly parents. Jin is intrigued by prickly Alexandra, who appears to be poor--but Jin sees that she funds good deeds for... Read More

HOODOO

HOODOO

Earphones Award Winner

by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Ron Butler

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ron Butler conveys the naïve playfulness of 12-year-old Hoodoo, who was born into a magical family--seemingly, without any magic himself. Butler amplifies the humor of Hoodoo's oft-repeated refrain--"if you didn't know"--with just the right throw-away quality. Butler is also frighteningly believable as the deep-voiced Stranger, a demon who must be vanquished by Hoodoo... Read More

HOW TO FIGHT A DRAGON'S FURY

HOW TO FIGHT A DRAGON'S FURY How to Train Your Dragon, Book 12

by Cressida Cowell | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

The final chapter of Hiccup's dragon adventures is spectacular from start to finish. Narrator David Tennant pulls out all the stops. Listeners will gasp in horror as battle-worn Hiccup, marooned on the Isle of Tomorrow, pursued by sand sharks and a vampire spy dragon, struggles to regain his lost memory with only an ancient sea dragon and an overeager, obtuse hogfly dragon for... Read More

I'M NEW HERE

I'M NEW HERE

by Anne Sibley O'Brien | Read by Frankie Corzo, Ariana Delawari, Ramon De Ocampo, Ruth Livier, Anne Sibley O'Brien [Note]

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Young, vibrant narrators voice heartfelt concerns as Fatima, Maria, and Jin are each welcomed into new classrooms in a new country. Listeners will hear them wistfully voice their concerns about language fluency and establishing a sense of belonging in their new communities. The repetitive phrasing of each memory of “back home” is powerful. While the pacing of each vignette is... Read More

IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY

IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives

by Kenneth C. Davis | Read by Kenneth C. Davis, Frankie Faison, Keith David, JD Jackson, Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White, Dion Graham, Mark Bramhall

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator and author Kenneth Davis brings to life five historical figures who lived in the shadow of America's Founding Fathers due to the color of their skin. With a full cast of talented narrators, listeners hear the deep emotion in individual stories that emphasize the irony of the colonists seeking freedom while keeping others enslaved. Quotes from the Founding Fathers, when... Read More

JUBILEE

JUBILEE

by Patricia Reilly Giff | Read by Laural Merlington

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Laural Merlington quickly establishes Judith's longing for her mother. Revealing Judith's emotions is crucial to the story of the fifth grader, who hasn't spoken since toddlerhood. That's when Judith's young mother left her with caring Aunt Cora. Equally important is Merlington's successful rendering of the tenderness of those around Judith. Their comments contrast... Read More

THE JUMBIES

THE JUMBIES

by Tracey Baptiste | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robin Miles is at home voicing characters from diverse cultural backgrounds in this spine-tingling mix of Caribbean and European folktales. Making full use of her wide vocal range and lilting intonation, Miles delivers the French dialect of the island's human characters, and twists it to fit the varied voices of the jumbies-- malevolent creatures who live in the... Read More

MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG

MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG

by Augusta Scattergood | Read by Kate Simses, Todd Haberkorn

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

In this quiet story set in the rural South of the 1950s, narrators Kate Simses and Todd Haberkorn bring this period of racial intolerance into sharp focus. Eleven-year-old Azalea reluctantly spends her summer helping out her injured grandmother, whom she barely knows. Though painfully shy, Azalea befriends Billy Wong, who helps run his Chinese family's grocery store. Azalea's... Read More

MARTIN FINDS A WAY

MARTIN FINDS A WAY

by T.H. Marshall | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

How many different inflections can a narrator read into the word "way"? Pete Cross uses them all--and then some! As young Martin sets out on a walk, he's just enjoying his life. While on his walk, he finds a "way," which he tucks under his arm. Each time Martin meets one of his friends, he shares his "way," finds or explores a new "way," and eventually comes to conclusions... Read More

MARVIN AND THE MOTHS

MARVIN AND THE MOTHS

Earphones Award Winner

by Matthew Holm, Jonathan Follett | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

The narrator of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Ramón de Ocampo, applies his hallmark enthusiasm to Marvin Watson's introduction to middle school in his pork-obsessed town, Butcherville. Listeners will cringe and laugh out loud in equal measure as Marvin is subjected to the horrors of middle school, where he's befriended only by outcasts and taunted by his cousin,... Read More

MAX AT NIGHT

MAX AT NIGHT

by Ed Vere | Read by L.J. Ganser

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

With matching amounts of determination, exaggeration, and playfulness, narrator L.J. Ganser captures the adventures of young Max the cat. Max tends to his evening ablutions--a hearty "gluugg, gluugg" of milk and an elongated "brushhhhh, brushhhh" of his teeth--and then a litany of good nights to friends, including his fish, box, and spider. But when he goes to wish Moon a good... Read More

MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell | Read by Adriana Sananes

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Adriana Sananes delights in the imagination and hope of young Mira. A doodler, drawer, and painter, Mira shares her creations--an apple, a songbird, a heart--with the people she meets along the street. After she tapes a yellow sun to a drab brick wall and a man with paintbrushes and a vision for "something beautiful" discovers it, a neighborhood transformation begins.... Read More

MRS. MO'S MONSTER

MRS. MO'S MONSTER

by Paul Beavis | Read by Katy Kellgren

VOX Books | Unabridged
Children

Cool, calm, and collected--that's narrator Katherine Kellgren portraying Mrs. Mo when a monster storms into her house and noses into her every activity. Kellgren also takes on the loud, crackly, and long-winded persona of the monster, with its every utterance of "I crunch, munch, and chew." Kellgren's voice is evenly modulated as the monster gingerly inquires into Mrs. Mo's... Read More

MY PEN

MY PEN

by Christopher Myers | Read by Christopher Myers, Dion Graham

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Author, illustrator, and narrator Christopher Myers celebrates the power of his pen, the pen that has won him Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. In a gentle but firm voice fueled by his imagination, Myers creates thought-provoking scenes with his pen--from an elephant in a teacup to worries about the wars around the world. This is a pen that creates in the... Read More

OTIS AND THE KITTENS

OTIS AND THE KITTENS

by Loren Long | Read by Chris Sorensen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Drought, fire, distressed animals. None of these impede the unflappable Chris Sorensen. As narrator, he maintains a studied pace and lets the action-packed story of a beloved red tractor named Otis develop with all its drama. Bringing the hay into the old barn is exhausting work for Otis and the farm family. Afterward, Otis humors the bull with tug-of-war games, but when he... Read More

PAINTING IN THE DARK

PAINTING IN THE DARK Esref Armagan, Blind Artist

by Rachelle Burk | Read by Bronson Pinchot, Katherine Kellgren

SueMedia Productions | Unabridged
Children

Bronson Pinchot's measured, reverent voice is a great match for this account of Esref Armagan, a self-taught Turkish artist, who, despite being blind from birth, became a successful painter of international repute. Pinchot uses subtle changes in his tone to capture the young boy's interactions with his father, who mentored him, and the author's own thoughts and revelations... Read More

PHOENIX

PHOENIX

by SF Said | Read by James Carcaterra

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

A young human named Lucky must escape a dangerous planet and rely on aliens he has just met to help him find his estranged father. Narrator James Carcaterra's understated performance allows listeners to imagine Lucky's universe as he and his new companions race across the galaxy. They must try not to attract attention, especially as they enter the war zone of ongoing battle... Read More

PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES

PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES

by Juan Felipe Herrera | Read by Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Luis Moreno is a firm and unflagging narrator. As each story of a Hispanic-American unfolds, Moreno lets it tell itself, but he's at the ready with emphasis on a little-known fact of the person's life or a far- reaching deed--for example, the naming of Galveston Bay, or the humanitarian efforts of Roberto Clemente. Listeners will meet, among others, the first Mexican-American... Read More

THE QUENTIN BLAKE AND JOHN YEOMAN COLLECTION

THE QUENTIN BLAKE AND JOHN YEOMAN COLLECTION

by Quentin Blake, John Yeoman | Read by Stephen Thorne

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stephen Thorne's performance beautifully highlights the wry wit of Quentin Blake and John Yeoman in this collection of short stories. Thorne gives the impression of being able to wink with his voice when the text demands it--but at the same time gives the stories the respect they deserve by not treating them ironically. Music and sound effects are also used well to... Read More

THE RED UMBRELLA

THE RED UMBRELLA

by Christina Diaz Gonzalez | Read by Kyla Garcia

Ideal Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Kyla Garcia masterfully narrates the story of Lucia, a 14-year-old social butterfly living a placid life in 1960s Cuba. When communists invade Lucia's sleepy town, everything changes. First, their freedoms disappear, one by one. And then, their neighbors begin to disappear. Escape to the United States becomes the only solution, so Lucia and her brother, Frankie, make the... Read More

RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN

RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Holly Webb | Read by Maggie Ollerenshaw

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Maggie Ollerenshaw's unassuming yet powerful storytelling pulls one into an adventure that begs to be listened to. In 1939 England, 10-year-old Emmie and her orphanage mates are hastily evacuated to Misselthwaite Manor. Her time at the Manor in the care of Lieutenant and Mrs. Craven and son Jack connects to Frances H. Burnett's 1911 book THE SECRET GARDEN--but is its... Read More

SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS

SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jack Cheng | Read by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp, and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Kivlighan de Montebello's engaging young voice embodies 11-year-old Alex Petroski. Alex is obsessed with space travel and recording Earth sounds on his iPod, modeling his hero, astronomer Carl Sagan's golden records on the Voyager spacecraft. Alex's recordings become the account of his rather bizarre solo trip from Rockview, Colorado, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to launch his... Read More

SHORT

SHORT

by Holly Goldberg Sloan | Read by Tara Sands

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

The last thing Julia Marks wants to do is audition with her little brother for a production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Nevertheless, she's selected to to play a munchkin because of her diminutive size. Narrator Tara Sands has Julia's precocious-little-girl voice down pat. Sands also makes quick and smooth transitions to suit Julia's mercurial moods. She projects Julia's sadness over... Read More

TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER

TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER

by Ross Welford | Read by Bruce Mann

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Bruce Mann's lively narration and reflective tone help to build the world of this poignant, inventive tale. Twelve-year-old Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father directing him to a time machine. Amid a plot featuring time travel, family history, science, and brain-bending paradoxes, Welford's characters are endearing and bold. Mann's portrayals draw listeners... Read More

THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS The Jolly Regina

Earphones Award Winner

by Kara LaReau | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Kara LaReau's new series is Lemony Snicket for the younger set--with humor as snarky and pun filled but not as dark. Rosalyn Landor employs a schoolmarmish-sounding voice as narrator, opening each chapter with the definition of a word that figures prominently in the chapter. The Bland sisters, Jaundice and Kale, who live on the edge of Dullsville, sound as bland as their... Read More

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

by Jerry Spinelli | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie portrays 12-year-old Cammie, a tomboy, with a youthful voice. Her story takes place during the summer of 1959 at the prison where her father works. MacDuffie perfectly captures the grief and anger Cammie feels after her mother's death. To fill the emptiness, she decides that Eloda, a prisoner who works as her family's housekeeper, will be her... Read More

WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD

WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD

by Linda Urban | Read by Chris Henry Coffey

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Chris Coffey is unassuming, unflappable, and totally in tune with third-grader Max Leroy, his dad, and a myriad of memorable supporting characters. Coffey unfolds the story of Max's first three weekend visits to his dad's new apartment and neighborhood. Coffey's pacing is brisk, letting the story tell itself. In Coffey's portrayals of Max and his dad, one can hear how... Read More

THE WIZARD'S DOG

THE WIZARD'S DOG

by Eric Kahn Gale | Read by Graham Halstead

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This fanciful retelling of The Sword in the Stone legend unfolds through the perspective of Nosewise, wizard Merlin's dog. Narrator Graham Halstead does a fabulous job capturing Nosewise's enthusiastic, loyal spirit, along with his delight in sounds, smells, and adventures (not to mention his dislike of doors). Nosewise is aided by Merlin's assistant, Morgana, who helps him... Read More

WORD OF MOUSE

WORD OF MOUSE

by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein | Read by Nate Begle

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nate Begle does authors Patterson and Grabenstein proud. He infuses their hero, an escaped blue lab rat named Isaiah, with an exuberant, inquisitive, and persistent personality--surely what the authors had in mind. Isaiah explores the human world as he searches for his family, all the while offering insight into humankind and animals. While listeners initially may find... Read More

ZOE IN WONDERLAND

ZOE IN WONDERLAND

by Brenda Woods | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson's fresh, youthful voice shares the optimism and enthusiasm of Zoe Reindeer. And optimism is necessary for 11-year-old Zoe as she navigates the role of middle sister, the vagaries of middle school, the loss of her best friend to a move, and her growing awareness of her parents' financial shaky situation. Much of the story is set in an exotic plant... Read More

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