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AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Susan Spain

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

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

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER
ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN

ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN

Earphones Award Winner

by Karen Cushman | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Karen Cushman again shows her gift for merging flawless research and a winning heroine. Katherine Kellgren matches her skill with an enthusiastic and engaging portrayal. Kellgren's perfect timing and wide range of accents take listeners directly into the heart of Elizabethan England. Heroine Meggy Swann is lame in leg but certainly not in intellect. Kellgren's high-spirited... Read More

ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND

THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Stroud | Read by Simon Jones

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, possesses abilities far beyond those of an extraordinarily talented magician. Simon Jones excels at projecting the personality characteristics of someone who has seen and done it all: sarcasm, facetiousness, and dry wit. Jones’s narration easily balances this cynicism against his portrayal of Nathaniel, an 11-year-old apprentice... Read More

AMULET OF SAMARKAND
THE ART OF KEEPING COOL

THE ART OF KEEPING COOL

by Janet Taylor Lisle | Read by Charles Carroll

AudioGO
Children Ages 10+

The naval guns sent to coastal Rhode Island in 1942 may have been enormous, but the issues about to face cousins Elliot and Robert are equally monumental. With WWII approaching and Robert’s father already fighting the Nazis in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his family has relocated closer to his grandparents in the U.S. Charles Carroll takes on the role of the adult Robert... Read More

ART OF KEEPING COOL
ARTEMIS FOWL

ARTEMIS FOWL

Earphones Award Winner

by Eoin Colfer | Read by Nathaniel Parker

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

[Editor’s Note: This is a combined review with THE ARCTIC INCIDENT and THE ETERNITY CODE.]--Colfer’s series features two complex societies: the wealthy, if felonious, above-ground world of the human Fowl family and the elaborate, technologically advanced underground world of the fairies. Artemis Fowl, the 12-year-old scion of a famous Irish crime family, sets out to restore the... Read More

ARTEMIS FOWL
ARTEMIS FOWL

ARTEMIS FOWL The Lost Colony

by Eoin Colfer | Read by Nathaniel Parker

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

This follow-up to THE OPAL DECEPTION features an island stuck in time, an army of creatures bent on destroying humans, and teenaged genius Artemis, who must solve these problems against daunting odds (including a rival child genius). Artemis discovers a time tunnel used by demons who've sworn revenge on humans and whose "materializations" call potentially disastrous attention... Read More

ARTEMIS FOWL
ARTEMIS FOWL 8: THE LAST GUARDIAN

ARTEMIS FOWL 8: THE LAST GUARDIAN

by Eoin Colfer | Read by Nathaniel Parker

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Opal Koboi is bent on destroying humankind to reclaim topside earth for the fairies, but one evil genius mudboy stands in her way: Artemis Fowl. This is the final showdown, and even listeners unfamiliar with the first seven titles will enjoy the face-off and Nathaniel Parker's magical talent. He juggles a wide cast of new and familiar characters, giving each a distinct voice... Read More

ARTEMIS FOWL 8: THE LAST GUARDIAN
BAD GIRLS

BAD GIRLS Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Monte Belmonte

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 10+

While a narration that is both elegant and playful might sound odd, that’s just what esteemed narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings to this work about 26 women who, on first look, carried out unlawful deeds, but might have had other motives. Considering such figures as Bloody Mary I of England; Bonnie Parker; Belle Starr, spy for the Confederacy; and ancient history’s Delilah and... Read More

BAD GIRLS
THE BEASTS OF CLAWSTONE CASTLE

THE BEASTS OF CLAWSTONE CASTLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Eva Ibbotson | Read by Jenny Sterlin

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Madlyn and Rollo must stay with eccentric relatives at Clawstone. Instead of resenting their stint at the remote castle, the two children throw themselves into helping their great-aunt and -uncle boost ticket sales for the tours that help support “the beasts,” Clawstone’s unique white cattle. They invite ghosts to perform on visiting days. Ibbotson excels at creating eccentric,... Read More

BEASTS OF CLAWSTONE CASTLE
THE BEST MAN

THE BEST MAN

by Richard Peck | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

There are four men Archer Magill wants to be like when he grows up: his dad, his grandpa, his Uncle Paul, and his teacher, Mr. McLeod. Narrator Michael Crouch is a natural with kid voices, and Archer sounds exactly like the sixth-grader he is. Crouch differentiates clearly between the kid and adult characters as the plot veers from touching to zany and back again. Peck’s... Read More

BEST MAN
BETTER NATE THAN EVER

BETTER NATE THAN EVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Federle | Read by Tim Federle

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children Ages 10+

What a listening pleasure! Author-read narrations are not always successful, but in this case, Tim Federle is a star. He’s the heart and soul of 13-year-old Nate, who is passionate about his acting and knowledge of musicals but disheartened by his family and the bullies at school. He’s also unclear about his sexuality. To the supporting characters, Federle brings vocal nuances... Read More

BETTER NATE THAN EVER
THE BIRTHDAY BALL

THE BIRTHDAY BALL

Earphones Award Winner

by Lois Lowry | Read by Elissa Steele

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Princess Patricia Priscilla escapes her boring existence by taking her chambermaid’s place at the village school. While the castle is abuzz with preparations for the ball at which three “repulsive rulers” will present themselves as suitors, “Pat” experiences the delights of learning delivered by the new schoolmaster. Elissa Steele’s regal... Read More

BIRTHDAY BALL
BLIZZARD OF GLASS

BLIZZARD OF GLASS The Halifax Explosion of 1917

by Sally M. Walker | Read by Paul Michael

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

This perfectly titled book deals with a little-known (in the U.S.) incident that occurred in Canada. On December 6, 1917, a munitions ship headed for Europe and a wartime relief ship collided and killed nearly 2,000 people. Narrator Paul Michael recounts the moving story in a manner that deftly captures life before and after the tragedy. Listeners are introduced to the citizens... Read More

BLIZZARD OF GLASS
BOMB

BOMB The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Roy Samuelson

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

It took several years of hard work and precise calculations for atomic energy to be developed. The genesis of what culminated in the dropping of bombs over Japan in WWII can be summed up in one word: recruitment. As American scientists were sought to design and build the bomb, Communist sympathizers were drawn, surreptitiously, to steal the secrets of one of the twentieth... Read More

BOMB
BOOKED

BOOKED

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Kwame Alexander

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Author Kwame Alexander (THE CROSSOVER) brings a natural energy to his reading, which, while not quite as polished as a professional narration might be, is still spirited and engaging. Written in verse, his novel is both smart and accessible. Middle-grade listeners are bound to recognize themselves in 12-year-old Nick, who loves soccer and hates words (his dad is a famous... Read More

BOOKED
BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX

BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List

by Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran | Read by Danny Burstein

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children Ages 10+

Danny Burstein's narration is that of a born storyteller. His pacing changes between words and within them, suspending the story just enough to leave the listener hungry for the next morsel. His voice is both gravelly and soft, appropriate for the grit and tenderness in this story of a boy growing up in Poland during the Holocaust. Burstein is consistently spot-on with the... Read More

BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX
BROOKLYN BRIDGE

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Karen Hesse | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio
Children Ages 10+

Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse has done it again with this deeply moving story of Russian immigrants in 1903 Brooklyn. The production is greatly enhanced by the expert narration of Fred Berman, whose strong Brooklyn accent and use of Yiddish inflection take listeners directly to the time and place. Berman beautifully captures 14-year-old Joseph's electric excitement to... Read More

BROOKLYN BRIDGE
BROWN GIRL DREAMING

BROWN GIRL DREAMING

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson

Penguin Audio
Children Ages 10+

Jacqueline Woodson’s linked poems weave scenes of political change while growing up amid the Civil Rights movement and scenes of personal upheaval upon moving from her grandparents’ peaceful South Carolina home to Brooklyn. Her voice is wistful and dreamy as she savors rich sensory memories like crickets, “who seem to know their song is our lullaby,” and sitting beside her... Read More

BROWN GIRL DREAMING
THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS

THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS An Enola Holmes Mystery

by Nancy Springer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Enola Holmes’s birthday is marred by the disappearance of her mother, so she must figure out why and how it took place, since no one else cares. Enola combines the logical reasoning of her haughty older brother, Sherlock, with the creativity and spirit of her mother. Expertly characterized by Katherine Kellgren, Enola is hurt, frustrated, puzzled, and proudly triumphant as she... Read More

CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS
CHOMP

CHOMP

by Carl Hiaasen | Read by James Van Der Beek

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

”Chomp” is what happens when an animal takes a hunk out of its "owner." Wahoo and his dad, Mickey, have had many such chomps because they’re animal wranglers—guys who loan their menagerie to TV and movie producers. Narrator James Van Der Beek delightfully captures the unique Cray family; Derek Badger, star of “Expedition Survivor”; and the people involved in so-called reality... Read More

CHOMP
CIRCUS MIRANDUS

CIRCUS MIRANDUS

by Cassie Beasley | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Bronson Pinchot performs with the wise air of a storyteller, an appropriate style for a novel built on the tales that Micah's Grandpa Ephraim tells about the magical circus he visited as a boy. Pinchot's voice for Micah is equal parts wonder and grief as he confronts Ephraim's failing health and sets out to find Circus Mirandus and the mysterious Light Bender who once promised... Read More

CIRCUS MIRANDUS
CORALINE

CORALINE

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Neil Gaiman

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

Coraline describes herself as an explorer. When she finds a mysterious corridor in her family’s new flat, she must fight sinister forces determined to keep her parents, three lost souls, and herself prisoner forever. Neil Gaiman’s performance seems effortless. His soft-spoken voice lends to the overall darkness of the story, and his British accent matches the setting. Reading... Read More

CORALINE
COUNTDOWN

COUNTDOWN

by Deborah Wiles | Read by Emma Galvin

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

The audio format strengthens the setting of the first book in Wiles’s Sixties Trilogy. Emma Galvin narrates the convincing first-person story of 11-year-old “Army brat” Franny. Galvin expresses both Franny’s fierce exterior and her inner fears concerning her shell-shocked uncle, her secretive sister, and her fading friendship with her best friend, as well as the threat of the... Read More

COUNTDOWN
COURAGE HAS NO COLOR, THE TRUE STORY OF THE TRIPLE NICKLES

COURAGE HAS NO COLOR, THE TRUE STORY OF THE TRIPLE NICKLES America's First Black Paratroopers

by Tanya Lee Stone | Read by JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

Stone’s historical work describes what it meant to serve in WWII as an African-American soldier. JD Jackson’s performance melds with the text, further strengthening a solid piece of nonfiction. His pacing matches the moment, whether describing incidents of discrimination or the exhilaration of training to become the first black paratroopers. He highlights emotional peaks with... Read More

COURAGE HAS NO COLOR, THE TRUE STORY OF THE TRIPLE NICKLES
THE CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE

by Jacqueline Kelly | Read by Natalie Ross

Macmillan Audio
Children Ages 10+

Natalie Ross narrates this story, set in 1900, with a light Texas accent appropriate to the setting and to the gentle, observant nature of the 13-year-old main character. Calpurnia studies science with her formidable grandfather, contends with her many brothers, and engages in life on her well-to-do family's ranch. Ross ratchets up the emotion in the tense scenes, as when... Read More

CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE
DEAD END IN NORVELT

DEAD END IN NORVELT

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Macmillan Audio
Children Ages 10+

Looking for a great audiobook for boys? This is it. Further blurring the line between fact and fiction in this autobiographical novel, author Jack Gantos narrates himself, sharing the 1962 summer adventures of his eponymous hero as he navigates adolescence and a dying town caught between two eras. (His mom and his neighbor want to honor the vision of town founder Eleanor... Read More

DEAD END IN NORVELT
THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX

THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX

Earphones Award Winner

by Geraldine McCaughrean | Read by Anton Lesser

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Pepper Roux has always been told that he's destined to die at age 14. So when 14 arrives, Pepper runs—first to sea and then across France, changing his identity and dodging the saints and angels he's certain are after him. Geraldine McCaughrean's clever and intricate wordsmithing requires a narrator who can riff and play and bring out every bit of nuance and meaning. It's hard... Read More

DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX
THE DECLARATION

THE DECLARATION

by Gemma Malley | Read by Charlotte Parry

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

In a world with severely reduced energy supplies, a drug that guarantees immortality means that procreation is forbidden. Children born to parents who have signed "The Declaration" are known as "surplus" and are trained from infancy as servants. Surplus Anna, the narrator of this disturbing story, is fully realized by Charlotte Parry. Anna journeys from guilt at being born to... Read More

DECLARATION
THE DRAGONFLY POOL

THE DRAGONFLY POOL

Earphones Award Winner

by Eva Ibbotson | Read by Patricia Connolly

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Patricia Connolly and Eva Ibbotson are a match made in heaven. Tally is an 11-year old British girl sent to a progressive boarding school in the country on the eve of WWII to keep her out of harm's way. Connolly's spirited performance captures in crystal-clear fashion Tally's humor, fierce loyalty, and optimism. Tally organizes a ragtag folk-dancing group to attend a festival... Read More

DRAGONFLY POOL
ECHO

ECHO

Earphones Award Winner

by Pam Muñoz Ryan | Read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children Ages 10+

Music infuses this production as four narrators perform interlocked stories about children who encounter a magical harmonica in different time periods. Narrator Mark Bramhall sets the tone with his powerful, accented portrayal of Otto, a boy who gets lost in an orchard and first finds the magical harmonica before WWI. From there, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca... Read More

ECHO
THE EMERALD ATLAS

THE EMERALD ATLAS

Earphones Award Winner

by John Stephens | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma have survived a string of increasingly miserable orphanages since being mysteriously whisked from their parents’ home 10 years ago. Now, alone in a strange home for unwanted children, they stumble upon a magical book and embark on a perplexing time-travel adventure. Jim Dale’s splendid narration provides extra vibrancy to this exhilarating new... Read More

EMERALD ATLAS
THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE

THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE

Earphones Award Winner

by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance | Read by Phil Gigante

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Children Ages 10+

Twenty well-known children’s authors (including M.T. Anderson, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, and Kate DiCamillo) collaborate on a fantastical serial tale. Narrator Phil Gigante is equal to the task. As the authors pass the story on chapter by chapter, 11-year-old twins Joe and Nancy thwart evil aliens and put together a top-secret robot—the Exquisite Corpse—while searching... Read More

EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!

FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Federle | Read by Tim Federle

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children Ages 10+

Once again, as author and narrator, Tim Federle captures all of the angst and exuberance of middle-schooler Nate Foster. Young Nate is on a quest for Broadway stardom—as listeners learned in BETTER NATE THAN EVER, a 2014 Odyssey Honor book. In this new audiobook, Federle manages both nuance and melodrama as Nate, having landed an understudy role in E.T.: THE MUSICAL, discovers... Read More

FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!
FLUSH

FLUSH

by Carl Hiaasen | Read by Michael Welch

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Carl Hiaasen’s second novel for young readers is filled with his usual quirky characters, environmental themes, and Florida landscapes. Hiaasen’s books translate well to audio with his short sentences and dialogue-driven plots. Noah’s dad is so mad that the Coral Queen casino boat is dumping raw sewage into the waters of the Florida Keys that he sinks it. When the boat is... Read More

FLUSH
FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Macmillan Audio
Children Ages 10+

Author Jack Gantos picks up right where his Newbery Medal-winning DEAD END IN NORVELT left off, delivering young Jack's and elderly Miss Volker's increasingly wacky adventures in his own perfectly droll and deadpan voice. It's hard to imagine another narrator relating the story with the same familiar fondness—Gantos's reading is spot-on and never over the top. It's also hard... Read More

FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE
FURTHERMORE

FURTHERMORE

by Tahereh Mafi | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Bronson Pinchot creates an enchanting world through his portrayal of 12-year-old Alice in this eerie and magical tale, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books, only darker. Alice is the only one in her world without color. Pinchot captures her loneliness and despair by softening his voice during her vulnerable moments. With her father’s disappearance and her... Read More

FURTHERMORE
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

by Kelly Barnhill | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Christina Moore brings warmth to this coming-of-age story about Luna, a girl left in the woods as a sacrifice but saved and raised by a kindly witch, a swamp monster, and a miniature dragon. Moore defines each character with her voices, giving a sharp edge to Xan, the witch; notes of wisdom to Glerk, the swamp monster; and solemnity and feeling to Antain, the man who... Read More

GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON
GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA The Gaither Sisters, Book 3

by Rita Williams-Garcia | Read by Sisi A. Johnson

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Sisi Johnson masterfully distinguishes between the voices of sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern and gives a unique voice to each member of their extended family in Alabama, where Pa has sent the girls for their summer vacation. It could be confusing for the listener to identify so many different voices, but Johnson switches seamlessly between four generations,... Read More

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA
GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!

GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! Voices from a Medieval Village

Earphones Award Winner

by Laura Amy Schlitz | Read by Christina Moore and a Full Cast

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Life in a medieval village comes alive in Schlitz’s monologues and dialogues. They were originally written for students at her school, who were studying England of 1255 and who all wanted to have parts in a school production about the period. Listeners will hear about hunting wild boar, blowing glass, suffering the ignominy of plain looks, crop and field rotation, the trickery... Read More

GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Neil Gaiman

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

Neil Gaiman is one of the true gems in the audio industry. He’s a great writer who not only reads his own work well, but makes the listener reject any thought of having another narrator in his stead. Gaiman communicates his understanding of his own stories and characters from beginning to end. In this latest of Gaiman's clever, dark fantasies, an orphaned boy is raised by... Read More

GRAVEYARD BOOK
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Reece Shearsmith, Lenny Henry, Neil Gaiman, and an Ensemble Cast

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

Neil Gaiman fans, rejoice! There are now TWO wonderful versions of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK to listen to. As narrator, Derek Jacobi does the heavy lifting in this full-cast recording, with other cast members voicing characters’ dialogue. It all fits together seamlessly as listeners are swept, entranced and intrigued, into the magical story. Robert Madge sounds perfectly wide-eyed,... Read More

GRAVEYARD BOOK
GRAYLING'S SONG

GRAYLING'S SONG

Earphones Award Winner

by Karen Cushman | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Talk about vocal variety, stamina, and drama. Katherine Kellgren’s narration is full of them all, and in spades! As listeners meet Grayling, she is returning from collecting herbs for her mother, a healing woman. With the shock of discovering her mother rooted to the ground, Grayling embarks on a journey to find her mother’s grimoire (spell book) and to free her and others who... Read More

GRAYLING'S SONG
HANA'S SUITCASE

HANA'S SUITCASE

by Karen Levine | Read by Stephanie Wolfe

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

Fumiko Ishioka, director of the Tokyo Holocaust Center, wants Japanese children to understand the horrific effects of the Holocaust on ordinary children, children not unlike themselves. Ishioka came across a battered suitcase with the inscription "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931. WAISENKIND," the German word for orphan. Narrator Stephanie Wolfe relates two stories—Ishioka's dedicated... Read More

HANA'S SUITCASE
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

There are even more verbs than magic (and there's a lot of magic to be had) in the Harry Potter series. Or, perhaps the magic is in the verbs. Jim Dale delivers Harry's second adventure with verve, maintaining total command of the frenetic plot and the multitudinous characters. Harry returns to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in spite of warnings to stay away from... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

Earphones Award Winner

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

There’s only one word that can describe Jim Dale’s work on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS—“magical.” Few audiobook narrators can stretch the medium like Dale as he interprets more than 200 characters, giving each a distinctive voice. Giants, wizards, elves, witches, centaurs, and muggles have singular voices that are instantly recognizable. It’s hard to imagine anyone... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

What's wonderful about the Harry Potter stories is the believability of the world Harry and company inhabit, imagined by J.K. Rowling and fully realized through Jim Dale's portrayal. At first, we were as awed as Harry to learn about the wonders of the magical world; now we're as comfortable with what has become familiar. Dale fosters this expectation, bringing his symphony of... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

Earphones Award Winner

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Art imitates life in the newest, darkest Harry Potter adventure as England--Muggles and Magickers alike--comes under attack from the forces of evil. Once again, Jim Dale’s performance casts its spell, bewitching listeners with every nuance. His voice aches with appropriate adolescent longing as Harry, in his sixth year at Hogwarts, deals with Quidditch, love potions, and... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Earphones Award Winner

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Harry is 15, angry and alienated. Gone is the eager, wet-behind-the-ears boy wizard. He’s morphed into a surly teenager. The story is slow to start, but a peerless performance by Jim Dale spins even long passages of exposition into gold. Once Harry reaches Hogwarts, the pace accelerates and the fun begins. Voldemort is secretly marshalling the dark wizards for war, the new Dark... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Reading about Harry Potter at Hogwarts School must be a treat, or why would all J.K. Rowling's books continue to top the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller lists? It's pretty obvious that her storytelling is magical, but it's also obvious that Jim Dale's reading of it gives its "magic" an entirely new dimension. His captivating voice "summons" boggarts and werewolves, giant spiders and... Read More

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
HEART OF A SHEPHERD

HEART OF A SHEPHERD

by Rosanne Parry | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Ignatius, called Brother, promises to take care of his family’s Oregon ranch with his aged grandparents while his father is deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Kirby Heyborne strongly relays Brother’s growing awareness that he’s a boy trying to do a man’s job. Throughout the long year, no matter what he is doing, from raising orphaned lambs to surviving a prairie fire, Brother... Read More

HEART OF A SHEPHERD
HERO ON A BICYCLE

HERO ON A BICYCLE

by Shirley Hughes | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

As WWII rages around a family in Florence, Paolo, a young teen, finds himself helping the Allies with his trusty bike. The story, which blends a coming-of-age theme with wartime suspense, is perfect for listening because of narrator Simon Vance. There are almost as many accents as there are characters, and Vance nails them all. He does a fine job with Italian civilians like the... Read More

HERO ON A BICYCLE
HIDDEN

HIDDEN

by Helen Frost | Read by Maria Cabezas, Sisi Aisha Johnson

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Six years after a harrowing experience changes the lives of two young girls, their paths cross at a summer camp. This gripping story, told from both their perspectives, carries listeners along their journeys of understanding and forgiveness. Performed by two narrators, vocal characterizations are good for both Wren (Sisi Aisha Johnson) and Darra (Maria Cabezas), but smaller... Read More

HIDDEN
THE HIDDEN ORACLE

THE HIDDEN ORACLE The Trials of Apollo, Book 1

by Rick Riordan | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Robbie Daymond is completely charming as the god Apollo, who has been transformed into a mortal teenaged boy as a punishment from Zeus. Apollo is conceited and self-important, but Riordan’s funny writing and Daymond’s narration make sure the listener is always on his side as he learns how to manage without his godly gifts. Apollo makes his way to Camp Half-Blood, the home away... Read More

HIDDEN ORACLE
HOODOO

HOODOO

Earphones Award Winner

by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Ron Butler

Dreamscape
Children Ages 10+

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

HOODOO
HOOT

HOOT

by Carl Hiaasen | Read by Chad Lowe

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

The loneliness of being the new kid in town, a mysterious boy, bullies of all ages, and protected miniature owls make for some familiar high jinks in Hiaasen's first novel for young readers. Someone has been sabotaging the site of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House. Survey stakes get uprooted, alligators swim in Porta Potties, and water moccasins terrorize four... Read More

HOOT
I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA

I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Joey has come a long way to find himself, but now his dad is back and wants him to become someone totally different. Does he want to? Has Dad really changed? Can Joey forgive him? Gantos knows his character and his problems well enough to read with a jerky rhythm and choppy inflection, reminding us that Joey has to work hard to keep his world, and his brain, under control.... Read More

I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA
I, CORIANDER

I, CORIANDER

by Sally Gardner | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Sally Gardner's novel (winner of the 2005 British Nestlé Children's Book Prize) is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Cromwellian England and a mirror-world of fairies, magic, and evil queens. Young Coriander must cope with her splintered family, the revelation that her mother was a fairy, and the sinister machinations of her Puritan stepmother and the preacher... Read More

I, CORIANDER
THE INQUISITOR'S TALE

THE INQUISITOR'S TALE Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Earphones Award Winner

by Adam Gidwitz | Read by Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley , Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby, Arthur Morey

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

A talented cast enhances a story that combines history, mystery, action, and miracles. In a structure reminiscent of THE CANTERBURY TALES, 10 travelers meet at an inn in medieval France. The 10 narrators evocatively portray the characters while adding drama to the cumulative tale of three gifted young heroes. Jeanne, a peasant girl, envisions the future; Jacob, a Jewish boy,... Read More

INQUISITOR'S TALE
JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL

JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL

Earphones Award Winner

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

What if Joey Pigza were forced to spend the summer with his dad and his grandma? What if his dad took him off his meds? And what if Jack Gantos hadn't written this sequel? What if Listening Library hadn't decided to record it? What if Jack Gantos hadn't been asked to read it? What if? What if? What if? It's the question that fills Joey's head and spews from his mouth as he zips... Read More

JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL
JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY

JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Jack Gantos’s brilliant middle-grade novel about one child’s attention deficit affliction is read by the author with perfect emotional pitch. Joey Pigza is wise beyond his years, completely aware of his disability and its ill effects on others. The frantic pace of his breathless narration is juxtaposed with the controlled voices of the generally kind and long-suffering... Read More

JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY
THE JUMBIES

THE JUMBIES

by Tracey Baptiste | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

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

JUMBIES
THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA

THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA

Earphones Award Winner

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Jack Gantos concludes his Joey Pigza series with one last peek into Joey’s wild, wonderful brain. With Gantos narrating, the ride is breakneck, funny, and heart wrenching, with listeners holding on through every one of Joey’s zigs and zags. Joey struggles with attention deficit disorder and a chaotic family life, and he’s so full of love and good intentions that listeners can’t... Read More

KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA
THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS

THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS The League of Beastly Dreadfuls, Book 1

by Holly Grant | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Rosalyn Landor's purposefully pretentious English accent fits this campy horror story, which is heavy on narrative and listener asides. Anastasia learns of her parents' tragic vacuum cleaner accident from her aunties, Prim and Prude. They whisk her away to their fortress-like home, the former St. Agony's Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Landor creates a matter-of-fact... Read More

LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS
LISTEN, SLOWLY

LISTEN, SLOWLY

by Thanhha Lai | Read by Lulu Lam

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

A look at culture and family is expertly narrated by Lulu Lam. When Mai is sent to Vietnam for the summer with her grandmother, the California girl is upset to be missing out on beaches, bikinis, and boys. But as the summer progresses, she learns to accept others and learns more about herself as well. Lam convincingly portrays Mai's selfishness and spoiled personality and... Read More

LISTEN, SLOWLY
A LONG WALK TO WATER

A LONG WALK TO WATER

Earphones Award Winner

by Linda Sue Park | Read by David Baker, Cynthia Bishop

Full Cast Audio
Children Ages 10+

A stirring performance by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop conveys the dramatic stories of two 11-year-old children who lived 10 years apart in war-torn South Sudan. Baker portrays the boy, Salva, with heartrending effectiveness. Skillful pacing and vocal modulation convey Salva’s terror and sorrow as he attempts to survive ruthless gunmen as well as dehydration, crocodiles, and... Read More

LONG WALK TO WATER
LUCKY BREAKS

LUCKY BREAKS

Earphones Award Winner

by Susan Patron | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

This sequel to the Newbery Award-winning HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY (and the second of a trilogy) is utterly delightful. The endearingly eccentric residents of Hard Pan (population, 43) join to celebrate Lucky's eleventh birthday. Narrator Cassandra Campbell puts life and charm into Lucky's mom, Brigitte, a French woman who wants to become entirely American. Campbell also perfectly... Read More

LUCKY BREAKS
MARCHING FOR FREEDOM

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

by Elizabeth Partridge | Read by Alan Bomar Jones

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

This award-winning, captivating history makes a wonderful transition to audio because of Alan Bomar Jones’s performance. Jones delivers the historical background and the quotes of well-known leaders in factual tones and adds poignancy to the stories of interviewees who were young activists during Alabama’s Civil Rights struggles in 1965. Jones’s varied tones portray the immense... Read More

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM
MASTERS OF DISASTER

MASTERS OF DISASTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary Paulsen | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

Author Gary Paulsen personally introduces narrator Nick Podehl as a “trained professional who won’t ruin the recording by laughing.” His introduction is right on target: Podehl maximizes the story’s humor without cracking himself up as he portrays three 12-year-olds who are embarking on "dangerous missions." Podehl shows the confidence of mastermind Henry, the nerdiness of... Read More

MASTERS OF DISASTER
THE MEMORY WALL

THE MEMORY WALL

by Lev AC Rosen | Read by Prentice Onayemi

Blackstone Audio
Children Ages 10+

Prentice Onayemi’s subtle character creations intensify the complex life of biracial middle schooler Nick Reeves, whose mother has moved to a memory care facility due to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Denying the reality of his mother’s illness, Nick takes refuge in a video game, playing the role of Severkin, a gray elf adventurer. Differentiating characters through accent and vocal... Read More

MEMORY WALL
MOON OVER MANIFEST

MOON OVER MANIFEST

by Clare Vanderpool | Read by Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

It’s a challenge to produce a successful audio experience of Newbery winner MOON OVER MANIFEST. It alternates between the years 1918 and 1936 in Manifest, Kansas, where 12-year-old Abilene Tucker has gone to live while her father works on the railroad in Iowa. Newspaper articles and letters from both decades contribute to this lyric story, which plays hopscotch with memory. The... Read More

MOON OVER MANIFEST
MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE

MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE

Earphones Award Winner

by Annabel Pitcher | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio
Children Ages 10+

So completely does David Tennant slip into the authentic voice and point of view of 10-year-old Jamie that the listener is immediately immersed in the story. Tennant doesn’t perform vocal acrobatics, and we don’t need him to: His nuanced delivery and pleasing Scottish brogue perfectly convey all of Jamie's bewilderment, frustration, grief, and fears as he navigates the choppy... Read More

MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE
NAVIGATING EARLY

NAVIGATING EARLY

by Clare Vanderpool | Read by Robbie Daymond, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

The triple narration of this novel by Newbery Medalist Vanderpool is stunning. When Kansas native Jack Baker finds himself at a Maine boarding school after his mother’s death, everything is new yet full of connections to his former life. A new friendship with student Early Auden sweeps Jack into a mathematical journey and a quest in the Maine wilderness. Robbie Daymond’s voice... Read More

NAVIGATING EARLY
THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD

THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

Earphones Award Winner

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Mark Bramhall

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD follows Arnold from birth through his heroic military exploits to his eventual treason, the first in U.S. history. When voicing the story’s narrator, Mark Bramhall evokes a rugged American archetype. In dialogue he shifts subtly through an array of accents: British, German, French, high class and low. His portrayal of the revolutionaries is as... Read More

NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD
ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD

ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD

by Jean Ferris | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Listen & Live Audio
Children Ages 10+

Carrington MacDuffie’s perfect once-upon-a-time voice fits this fairy-tale love story and adventure. Her narration acknowledges that this is a story escaping its genre boundaries as she captures its humor and satire. Both book and performance succeed because of the story’s unique characterizations. Christian lives in the forest with Ed, his stepfather, a troll who can’t get... Read More

ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH

by Philip Pullman | Read by Philip Pullman and a Full Cast

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Texas aeronaut Lee Scoresby becomes embroiled in local politics when he lands his balloon in the Arctic town of Novy Odense in this prequel to THE GOLDEN COMPASS. The audiobook will, of course, be more resonant for listeners who have heard the His Dark Materials series--and who will recognize returning characters--but it's an entertaining, well-produced adventure regardless.... Read More

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH
THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART

THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART

by Sundee T. Frazier | Read by Bahni Turpin

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Minerva and Keira King are one-in-a-million twins, not because they were born in a Cessna, but because Minni is white like their dad and Keira is black like their mom. Minni often wishes she looked more like the other women in her family, but she doesn't learn what it truly means to be different until the twins visit their Southern grandmother to compete in a black preteen... Read More

OTHER HALF OF MY HEART
PAPERBOY

PAPERBOY

Earphones Award Winner

by Vince Vawter | Read by Lincoln Hoppe, Vince Vawter

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Lincoln Hoppe’s narration is pure perfection in this story about “Little Man,” an 11-year-old boy with a stutter so severe that he can’t even say his own name. The story, set in 1959 Memphis, is a typewritten memoir of the summer he became a substitute paper carrier—which changed his life. Hoppe brings out Little Man’s endearing vulnerability and portrays the stutter with a... Read More

PAPERBOY
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

Earphones Award Winner

by Norton Juster | Read by David Hyde Pierce

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

David Hyde Pierce delivers an imaginative narration of this unforgettable family listen. Milo is unenthusiastic about life until he receives a mysterious gift—a tollbooth that becomes his portal to strange lands. The fantasy journey kicks off as Pierce presents the Whether Man, who speaks so quickly that listeners, like Milo, won't know whether they’re coming or going.... Read More

PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
PTOLEMY'S GATE

PTOLEMY'S GATE The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Stroud | Read by Simon Jones

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

An alternative London is divided between ruling magicians and oppressed commoners. Nathaniel is an apprentice magician who calls upon the 5000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus for assistance. Bartimaeus suffers Nathaniel's ineptitude with sardonic wit and wisecracks. Simon Jones is outstanding in this final book of the trilogy, expertly handling the sophisticated sarcasm of Jonathan... Read More

PTOLEMY'S GATE
RAIN REIGN

RAIN REIGN

by Ann M. Martin | Read by Laura Hamilton

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Laura Hamilton gives listeners insight into the bond between a girl with autism and her dog. Rose loves homonyms, prime numbers, routines, rules, and her dog, Rain. Her father found Rain and gave her to Rose in an unexpected act of kindness. Rose's father doesn't have much patience for her unique interests. When a hurricane hits and Rain gets lost in the storm, Rose... Read More

RAIN REIGN
RETURN TO SENDER

RETURN TO SENDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Alvarez | Read by Ozzie Rodriguez, Olivia Preciado

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Julia Alvarez’s story of illegal immigration comes alive for young listeners and adults alike through the agreeable voices of two capable narrators. Ozzie Rodriguez matches the tone of the author’s beautiful language as he portrays the young, questioning Tyler, the son of an injured dairy farmer who hires undocumented workers to keep his family on the farm. Olivia Preciado... Read More

RETURN TO SENDER
REVOLUTION

REVOLUTION The Sixties Trilogy, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Deborah Wiles | Read by Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, JD Jackson, Robin Miles and a Full Cast

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Employing an audio documentary approach, the second of Wiles’s Sixties Trilogy focuses on Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Narrator Stacey Aswad—sounding by turns youthfully petulant, excited, and fearful—captures the spirit of 12-year-old Sunny, who is struggling to come to terms with her newly blended family, yearning for her own mother, and learning to rise... Read More

REVOLUTION
THE RING OF SOLOMON

THE RING OF SOLOMON

by Jonathan Stroud | Read by Simon Jones

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Listeners were first introduced to Bartimaeus, the wisecracking djinni, in THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. In this prequel, set in ancient Israel, the cynical and outspoken Bartimaeus is forced into servitude to King Solomon. The king has risen to greatness due to the power of a magical ring. After the Queen of Sheba rejects Solomon’s proposal of marriage, Bartimaeus teams up with... Read More

RING OF SOLOMON
SAVING ZASHA

SAVING ZASHA

Earphones Award Winner

by Randi Barrow | Read by Roger Mueller

Oasis Audio
Children Ages 10+

In tones crafted to delight the whole family, Roger Mueller presents the tale of Zasha, a beautiful German shepherd found by two boys in post-WWII Russia. The target of thieves and potential euthanasia because of her perceived German heritage, Zasha must be hidden from all except her family. Throughout the performance, Mueller employs a light accent meant to convey a Russian... Read More

SAVING ZASHA
SCAT

SCAT

by Carl Hiaasen | Read by Edward Asner

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Hearing Ed Asner’s narration is a bit like hearing a great tall tale told by a favorite grandfather. His gruff tone and quirky interpretations of Hiaasen's usual over-the-top oddballs make for a ruckus. Sticking with the author’s recurring theme of the environmental exploitation of Florida's remaining wilderness, the story starts off with the disappearance of a much-feared and... Read More

SCAT
SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

Earphones Award Winner

by Jo Knowles | Read by Kate Rudd

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Kate Rudd handles heartache, tenderness, and tragedy in equal measure. Her portrayal of Fern moves fluidly between thoughts, observation, and dialogue. Twelve-year-old Fern is the third of four children, and she’s used to feeling invisible. But that’s nothing compared to what she feels when tragedy strikes her family, and she’s certain of only one thing: It’s her... Read More

SEE YOU AT HARRY'S
SILENT THUNDER

SILENT THUNDER

by Andrea Davis Pinkney | Read by Andrea J. Johnson, Peter Jay Fernandez

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

Andrea Davis Pinkney’s book offers a snapshot of life in Civil War Virginia on the plantation of Gideon Parnell. Through chapters that alternate between Rosco and his younger sister, Summer, the listener becomes aware of the social hierarchy of Parnell’s plantation, the impact of the written word on a human being’s life, and the growing discontent of the slaves at this time.... Read More

SILENT THUNDER
SMEK FOR PRESIDENT!

SMEK FOR PRESIDENT!

Earphones Award Winner

by Adam Rex | Read by Bahni Turpin

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Prepare to be charmed! Narrator Bahni Turpin is back to narrate this sequel to THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. A couple of years after two alien species invaded Earth, Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is now 13, and J.Lo, her Boovish friend, longs to visit New Boovworld and reconcile with his fellow Boov. What follows is a madcap outer-space adventure, a political farce, and an endearing... Read More

SMEK FOR PRESIDENT!
THE SNOW SPIDER

THE SNOW SPIDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Nimmo | Read by John Keating

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children Ages 10+

From the opening music to the first note of narrator John Keating’s beautifully accented voice, the listener is transported to the Welsh countryside. The recording opens on Gwyn’s tenth birthday as his grandmother, Nain, declares, “It’s time to find out if you’re a magician.” She leaves him with five unusual gifts, which Gwyn finds to be “improbable effects” for a magician.... Read More

SNOW SPIDER
SOUL EATER

SOUL EATER Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3

Earphones Award Winner

by Michelle Paver | Read by Ian McKellen

Recorded Books
Children Ages 10+

The accomplished Ian McKellen returns to the Stone Age, narrating the third installment in Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. McKellen gives an inspired performance as 13-year-olds Torak and Renn, who venture into the frozen North to rescue Wolf from the Soul Eaters. Paver’s latest is full of suspense and hardship, and McKellen paces the story perfectly. He foreshadows the... Read More

SOUL EATER
STARCLIMBER

STARCLIMBER

Earphones Award Winner

by Kenneth Oppel | Read by David Kelly and the Full Cast Family

Full Cast Audio
Children Ages 10+

The action never stops in this hair-raising adventure. This time Matt and Kate are on a trip to outer space. Even those who haven’t listened to the first two books, AIRBORN and SKYBREAKER, will become entranced by the likable and quirky characters. David Kelly creates a sympathetic portrayal as student pilot Matt struggles to prove his mettle and hold on to his girlfriend... Read More

STARCLIMBER
STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE

STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE

by John Boyne | Read by Euan Morton

Macmillan Audio
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Euan Morton faces, and conquers, a tough challenge in Boyne’s WWI story for young listeners. From the perspective of 5-year-old Archie Summerfield, Morton voices the confusion and dread of those on the London home front. Morton’s clearly adult voice is disconcerting at first but soon suits the character as Archie rapidly matures and contrives a secret mission to rescue... Read More

STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE
STELLA BY STARLIGHT

STELLA BY STARLIGHT

by Sharon M. Draper | Read by Heather Alicia Simms

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children Ages 10+

Peering through brush in the starlight, Stella and her brother see hooded Klan figures burning a cross. They race home to bring the unwelcome news to their tightly knit North Carolina community, circa 1930. With an active KKK in town, the African-American residents are in danger. Narrator Heather Alicia Simms creates convincing character voices for Bumblebee's many residents... Read More

STELLA BY STARLIGHT
THE SWORD IN THE STONE

THE SWORD IN THE STONE

Earphones Award Winner

by T.H. White | Read by Neville Jason

Naxos AudioBooks
Children Ages 10+

Wizards, boys, quests, and mixed-up magic. Sound familiar? In the lull after Harry Potter, listeners can immerse themselves in the early years of King Arthur, known as a boy as the "Wart." Neville Jason's brilliant readings of Proust and Tolstoy may seem an unlikely preface to the wizard Merlin, but he's truly perfect. Jason easily takes the challenge of White's 1930s’ language... Read More

SWORD IN THE STONE
THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Adam Rex | Read by Bahni Turpin

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Aliens called Boov have invaded the earth and forced all Americans to move to Florida. Instead of going by rocketpod like the others, 11-year-old Gratuity Tucci drives from Pennsylvania in her mother’s car with her cat, Pig. Along the way, she picks up a renegade Boov (with the earth name J.Lo because humans can’t pronounce Boov names), who adapts her car so it can float. A... Read More

TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY
THE UNWANTEDS

THE UNWANTEDS

by Lisa McMann | Read by Simon Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Simon Jones expertly takes on the world of Quill, in which teenagers are classified as “Wanted” or “Unwanted” and expected to refrain from showing any emotion or creativity. Jones’s deliberate pacing builds tension as twin brothers Alex (Unwanted) and Aaron (Wanted) await the yearly “elimination” of the Unwanteds. Jones’s characterizations—from the scared, conflicted... Read More

UNWANTEDS
VIVA JACQUELINA!

VIVA JACQUELINA! Bloody Jack, Book 10

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Children Ages 10+

Jacky Faber is a spy, romantic, adventurer, and tomboy who’s also tough and tenderhearted. Narrator Katherine Kellgren captures each of Jacky’s personas to perfection. As a spy, Jacky spends time in Spain, where she's a model in Goya's home and studio. Her education with the artist and angry encounters with the jealous Carmelita are priceless—and very funny. Kellgren deftly... Read More

VIVA JACQUELINA!
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Jayne Entwistle's narration enhances this bittersweet story of two poor children from London during WWII. Ten-year-old Ada has an untreated clubfoot and has never left home because her mother is ashamed of her disability. Nonetheless, when Ada realizes her precious younger brother, Jamie, is leaving London to escape the bombing, she decides to follow him. Entwistle movingly... Read More

WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE
WHAT WOULD JOEY DO?

WHAT WOULD JOEY DO?

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

In the two previous Joey Pigza books, Jack Gantos’s frenetic writing style brilliantly mirrored Joey’s “wired” behavior. But in this last in the trilogy, Joey’s the one who has himself under control while wacky things happen all around him, and he desperately tries to help everyone from his ailing Grandma to his missing dog, his belligerent homeschooling partner, and his... Read More

WHAT WOULD JOEY DO?
WINTERSMITH

WINTERSMITH

Earphones Award Winner

by Terry Pratchett | Read by Stephen Briggs

Harper Audio
Children Ages 10+

The God of Winter has fallen in love with 13-year-old apprentice witch Tiffany Aching. She enlists the support of the Wee Free Men—her toughest, craziest, and smallest friends—to bend the rules of the rites of spring and protect her world from being eternally frozen. In this energetic mix of boisterous fantasy, wonderful humor, and uncommon common sense, longtime Discworld... Read More

WINTERSMITH
WOLF HOLLOW

WOLF HOLLOW

by Lauren Wolk | Read by Emily Rankin

Listening Library
Children Ages 10+

Narrator Emily Rankin brings us into the world of 11-year-old Annabelle. Her voice is soft and gentle, reflecting Annabelle’s tranquil life on a quiet Pennsylvania farm during WWII—that is, until Rankin contrasts Annabelle’s thoughtful tone with the menace in the voice of Betty Glengarry, a bully. Rankin registers Annabelle’s fear of Betty’s increasing mockery, lies, and... Read More

WOLF HOLLOW
ZEBRA FOREST

ZEBRA FOREST

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz | Read by Kate Reinders

Brilliance Audio
Children Ages 10+

Something is dreadfully wrong when Annie B.’s presumed dead father shows up at the back door following a local prison break. Gerwitz’s novel poses hard questions for a family trying to cope. Long after its final chapter, listeners will ponder the choices made and their repercussions. Did Andrew Stone’s return help or harm his children? Was Gran wise in isolating her... Read More

ZEBRA FOREST
ZORA AND ME

ZORA AND ME

Earphones Award Winner

by Victoria Bond, T.R. Simon | Read by Channie Waites

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Children Ages 10+

When a young Zora Neale Hurston stands in the schoolyard to spin a tale about the "gator man" she saw, the listener, too, is riveted. To create an audio production about a girl whose tales are so tall that to call her a fibber is a compliment and a town so filled with intriguing characters that one must eavesdrop at every opportunity, one needs a narrator ready to delight in... Read More

ZORA AND ME

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