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THE 5 O'CLOCK BAND

THE 5 O'CLOCK BAND

by Troy Andrews, Bill Taylor | Read by Dion Graham

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Dion Graham's skilled narration and singing, along with lively music and vibrant sounds of the city, transport listeners to the neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans. A young Trombone Shorty ponders what it takes to be a good bandleader of his 5 O'Clock Band. Graham creates a high and youthful voice for Shorty. Listeners will discover valuable universal messages as Shorty seeks... Read More

A DIFFERENT COLLECTION

A DIFFERENT COLLECTION A Different Dog; A Different Boy; A Different Land

by Paul Jennings | Read by Stig Wemyss

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Australian narrator Stig Wemyss portrays a wide range of characters in this collection of three short, suspenseful stories about children surviving unexpected perils. In "A Different Dog," Wemyss voices the increasingly fearful thoughts of a selectively mute boy who is lost in the woods. In "A Different Boy," his voices contrast a young orphan and the gruff, uncaring adults in... Read More

ADA LOVELACE CRACKS THE CODE

ADA LOVELACE CRACKS THE CODE

by Rebel Girls [Eds.] | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Fiona Hardingham’s distinct accent transports listeners to the world of the British aristocracy one hundred years ago. The story features poet Lord Byron’s first wife and their daughter, Ada. Ada’s active mind exasperates her mother and challenges her tutors. She meets meets her match in adult conversations and friendships. Intrigued by the work of mathematician... Read More

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER Classic Starts, Book 14

by Mark Twain, Martin Woodside [Adapt.] | Read by Rebecca K. Reynolds

Oasis Audio | Abridged
Children

Narrator Rebecca K. Reynolds energetically conveys the spirit of this abridged classic, which is intended for young listeners. Reynolds's Tom is memorable when he slyly "invites" his buddies to paint Aunt Polly's fence. Twain's humor and sarcasm are deftly rendered, along with his story's sometimes funny superstitions, nostalgia, and old-time words, such as "confound it." To... Read More

AHIMSA

AHIMSA

by Supriya Kelkar | Read by Zehra Jane Naqvi

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Zehra Jane Naqvi transports listeners to 1942 India, where the nation's fight for independence from the British Empire is taking place. Ten-year-old Anjali fears her father will acquiesce to Mahatma Gandhi's request for all Indian families to send a family member to the resistance movement. When her mother becomes involved instead and is arrested, Anjali learns about... Read More

ALLIES

ALLIES

by Alan Gratz | Read by Jamie Cline, Vaneh Assadourian, PJ Ochlan, Matthew Frow, Marc A. Samuel, Norah Hunter

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jamie Cline leads off this D-Day story with the passion-filled voice of Dee, a German native who is a soldier in the U.S. Army who is about to break ground on the beaches of Normandy. It will take more than soldiers like Dee to win this battle. Other Allies such as Samira, a French-Algerian saboteur who is working with the French Resistance, and Henry, an... Read More

BONE TALK

BONE TALK

by Candy Gourlay | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo takes listeners on a journey to a mountain village in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century. Samkad is thrilled when he is chosen by the Bontoc tribe ancients for the rite of passage to become a man, but circumstances intervene as his remote village is thrust unwillingly into the Philippine-American war. Between their local rivals, the... Read More

BORN TO FLY

BORN TO FLY The First Women's Air Race Across America

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kim Mai Guest chronicles the lives of some of the top women aviators of the 1920s and their race across America. Using dramatic pauses to capture her audience, Guest weaves the stories of some of the greats, including Louise Thedan, Ruth Elder, Marvel Crosson, Amelia Earhart, Bobbi Trout, Florence Barnes, and many others, from their very beginnings in flight to their... Read More

BRACED

BRACED

by Alyson Gerber | Read by Emily Lawrence

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Emily Lawrence captures the many moods of Rachel, a girl with scoliosis who learns that she must wear a cumbersome, restrictive back brace. At first, Rachel's voice is bubbly and buoyant; she's looking forward to soccer season and the possibility of a boyfriend. After she learns she must wear the brace 23 hours a day, the changes in her relationship with her friends... Read More

CAST AWAY

CAST AWAY Poems for Our Time

by Naomi Shihab Nye | Read by Naomi Shihab Nye

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Listeners won't look at the discarded things around them in the same way after hearing this poetry collection on audio. With a warm voice and a storyteller's cadence, Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shares her experiences as a self-appointed trash collector, armed with gardening gloves, tongs, and a bag. Nye's appealing and engaging narration style makes her... Read More

CLEAN GETAWAY

CLEAN GETAWAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Nic Stone | Read by Dion Graham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Dion Graham's soft voice evokes the tenderness between biracial middle schooler "Scoob" Lamar and G'ma, his white octogenarian grandmother. There are many other moods in this audio as well, and Graham succeeds with all of them. There's surprise as Graham's squeaky-voiced G'ma carries him off on a road trip in a new Winnebago, then sadness when he learns she's sold her... Read More

THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE

THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE

by Sarah Jean Horwitz | Read by Merissa Czyz

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

In a tale full of magic, performed by narrator Merissa Czyz, tween Clementine struggles to keep her father's domain from destruction at the hands of a witch. As daughter and heir of the Dark Lord Morcerous, she uses whatever she can to keep their reign safe. The opening author and title statement immediately thrust listeners into the story without a musical prelude to set the... Read More

DOCTOR DOLITTLE THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. I

DOCTOR DOLITTLE THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. I The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle; The Story of Doctor Dolittle; Doctor Dolittle's Post Office

by Hugh Lofting | Read by James Langton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator James Langton embodies the exuberant fun and charm of three classic stories: "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle," "The Story of Doctor Dolittle," and "Doctor Dolittle's Post Office." Langston's tone reflects the heartfelt emotions of the endearing, excitable, eccentric naturalist who communicates with animals. Sweeping listeners along on thrilling world-travel adventures,... Read More

EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE

EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE

by Aimee Lucido | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Suzy Jackson's youthful voice brings out the poignancy in a story that celebrates the joys of coding, creating, and trusting in new friendships. Although her parents are both talented musicians, new kid Emmy chooses a different path, signing up for computer coding instead of music. Right away, she realizes that coding is special. She is able to be beautiful and... Read More

THE FIERCE 44

THE FIERCE 44 Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

by The Staff of the Undefeated [Eds.] | Read by JD Jackson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator JD Jackson delivers 44 short biographies of the most influential black Americans of all time, chosen by the staff of The Undefeated, a sports and pop culture website. Jackson's warm baritone makes an excellent companion to chapters featuring familiar icons, such as Barack Obama and Oprah, as well as lesser-known figures, such as Robert Abbott. This inspiring collection... Read More

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL

by India Hill Brown | Read by Imani Parks

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Imani Parks guides listeners deep into the heart of a creepy ghost story that explores America's segregated past. Iris is the captain of her school's step team, and Parks gives her a light, youthful voice perfectly suited for her wide-eyed eagerness. After Iris and her friend Daniel uncover the name "Avery Moore" on a tombstone in an abandoned cemetery, the ghost of... Read More

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

FREDERICK DOUGLASS The Lion Who Wrote History

by Walter Dean Myers | Read by Corey Allen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Corey Allen's voice is soft but strong as he delivers this biography of Frederick Douglass, whose fortitude changed the history of America. Born a slave, Douglass discovered reading early in life and recognized its importance in learning and in making one "unfit to be a slave." Allen's precise enunciation emphasizes the theme of this work--the power of words and... Read More

FREE LUNCH

FREE LUNCH

Earphones Award Winner

by Rex Ogle | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo's use of accents and emotions adds much to Rex Ogle's middle school memoir. De Ocampo defines Rex's Latinx mother and her stuttering boyfriend with characteristic accents, but even more by their anger, which goes from mean to menacing. His little brother's innocent comments offer relief from the frequent tension in the story. De Ocampo excels at... Read More

FREEDOM SOUP

FREEDOM SOUP

by Tami Charles | Read by Bahni Turpin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Ring in the new year and celebrate freedom with Bahni Turpin's lively narration and a Haitian Creole "kompa" beat. Ti Gran's warm, gravelly voice and Belle's youthful excitement place listeners right in the kitchen with them as they prepare a holiday feast. Listeners can imagine all the chopping and toe tapping as Belle learns about a culinary tradition with roots in the... Read More

FROSTFIRE

FROSTFIRE

by Jamie Smith | Read by Catherine Ho

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Catherine Ho brings the conflicted mountain region of Adranna to life, whisking listeners away to an icy tundra where few survive. Voicing protagonist Sabira as she makes her way up to the dangerous and revered glacier, Adarast, to bond with her very own frostsliver, Ho initially weaves quiet, indecisive tones into the heroine's dialogue. After an avalanche and... Read More

GIRL UNDER A RED MOON

GIRL UNDER A RED MOON Growing Up During China's Cultural Revolution

by Da Chen | Read by Ewan Chung

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ewan Chung tells the story of a girl named Sisi through the eyes of her younger brother, Da. The pair are trying to survive Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution in China during the 1960s. Since their family used to hold wealth and position, they are now struggling to be accepted in their community and are shamed because the old social structure has been turned on its... Read More

HAZEL'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION

HAZEL'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kathleen McInerney loses no time in transporting listeners into the complicated world of 13-year-old Hazel Brownlee-Wellington, who is navigating a momentous time in her life. Not only is she leaving her best friend due to school redistricting, but she also is facing the impending birth of a new sibling following two traumatic miscarriages. Also meriting her attention... Read More

HERE IN THE REAL WORLD

HERE IN THE REAL WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Sara Pennypacker | Read by Noah Galvin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Noah Galvin's dreamy tones depict the introversion of 11-year-old Ware, who enters medieval worlds more readily than he takes part in the "normal" life that surrounds him. Faced with a summer of attending a chaotic rec program, Ware discovers peace and quiet in a deserted church next door. It doesn't remain peaceful for long. He soon meets the cynical Jolene, a girl... Read More

HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

by Margot Lee Shetterly, Winifred Conkling | Read by Octavia Spencer, Margot Lee Shetterly

Weston Woods | Unabridged
Children

Octavia Spencer's soft narration evokes the lives four brilliant African-American females--Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. All were "good at math. Really good." This refrain repeats, with Spencer accenting these words to make clear the women's connection to each other and the gifts of each. She also stresses rhythms to highlight... Read More

JOURNEY TO JO'BURG

JOURNEY TO JO'BURG

by Beverley Naidoo | Read by C.M. Smith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

C.M. Smith narrates this 1986 novel documenting the era of South African racial segregation. Thirteen-year-old Naledi and her brother journey from their rural village to distant Johannesburg to bring their mother home to save their dying baby sister. Naledi's voice is determined and steady, matching her decisive and caring personality. In Jo'burg, they meet Grace, who shelters... Read More

THE JUMBIE GOD'S REVENGE

THE JUMBIE GOD'S REVENGE The Jumbies, Book 3

by Tracey Baptiste | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Series fans will rejoice to hear Robin Miles reprise her role as narrator in this third outing of brave, headstrong Caribbean islander Corinne La Mer. Having already bested the terrifying trickster jumbies on both land and sea, Corinne discovers that her previous adventures have angered the storm god Huracan and that it's up to her to protect her home and loved ones from... Read More

JUNO VALENTINE AND THE MAGICAL SHOES

JUNO VALENTINE AND THE MAGICAL SHOES

by Eva Chen | Read by Eva Chen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Author Eva Chen's voice is fresh as she narrates the story of Juno Valentine. What would you do if you went to your closet to pull out your favorite shoes and found something else entirely? When Juno finds a "cornucopia" of shoes rather than her own, she sits down to try them all on. The collection includes shoes that belonged to Cleopatra, Frieda Kahlo, Cinderella, and Serena... Read More

JUST ASK!

JUST ASK! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

by Sonia Sotomayor | Read by Ali Stroker, Sonia Sotomayor

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This production opens with the voice of Justice Sonia Sotomayor explaining in a straightforward tone that, like gardens, children are full of variety. Her own childhood experience involved the finger pricks and insulin shots of diabetes, which made her feel isolated and different. Sotomayor urges listeners to ask questions when they encounter differences. The second narrator,... Read More

KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES

KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Kacen Callender | Read by Ron Butler

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Ron Butler lends expertise, elegance, and an unerring expressiveness to his heartbreakingly beautiful performance as King, a black tween living in Louisiana who is coping with the death of his older brother. When his ex-best friend, Sandy Sanders, goes missing and King finds him hiding in his backyard, he is forced to confront questions about himself and his grief. As the story... Read More

LEADING THE WAY

LEADING THE WAY Women In Power

by Janet Howell, Theresa Howell, Hillary Rodham Clinton [Fore.] | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell, along with her daughter-in-law Theresa, has written this collection of biographies of 50 women in leadership positions in the United States. Narrator Cassandra Campbell speaks formally in her performance of this audiobook, which examines each woman's significance and prestige. The women range from the contemporary, like Kamala Harris and... Read More

LEGENDS OF THE SKY

LEGENDS OF THE SKY

by Liz Flanagan | Read by Amy Shiels

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amy Shiels's light Irish brogue is spellbinding in a performance that captures the wonder of 12-year-old Milla, who goes from servant girl to dragon rider in this middle-grade fantasy. Orphaned Milla is elevated to the level of her wealthy friends when long-lost dragons return to the island of Arcosi and bond with her. Class and immigration struggles are close behind... Read More

LET'ER BUCK!

LET'ER BUCK! George Fletcher, the People's Champion

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson | Read by Kevin R. Free

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Kevin R. Free narrates this chronicle of African-American cowboy legend George Fletcher, best known for his second place win at the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. The audiobook recounts Fletcher's impressive riding skills as well as the discrimination he faced in the Old West. The poetic and precise text is well delivered. The audiobook's follow-up material provides additional... Read More

THE LIFE HEROIC

THE LIFE HEROIC How to Unleash Your Most Amazing Self

by Elizabeth Svoboda | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

In a warm and instructional tone, narrator Suzie Althens explains to young listeners that heroes are praised for their actions, not their abilities. Althens brings Svoboda's stories about everyday heroes to life in this short audiobook, suitable for listeners both young and old. Her friendly tone and steady tempo keep listeners engaged as they hear stories about children around... Read More

LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN

LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN

by Tamara Moss | Read by Catherine Ho

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Catherine Ho ably communicates the colorful characters that populate this boisterous tale of rowdy pirates, magical creatures, and swashbuckling adventure. Twelve-year-old Lintang yearns for a life on the high seas and is thrilled when offered a chance to set sail with the infamous pirate queen Shafira. Along with various magical beings called mythies and an all-female... Read More

THE LION KING

THE LION KING

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Rudnick | Read by Janina Edwards

Disney | Unabridged
Children

In narrating Rudnick's novelization of the movie THE LION KING, Janina Edwards paints a beautiful verbal portrait of the Pride Lands, where the lions rule justly. In a voice as warm as sunshine, Edwards introduces listeners to King Mufasa and his queen, Sarabi, on the day they present their newborn cub, Simba, to the kingdom. Throughout the story, Edwards maintains a steady and... Read More

MADAM C.J. WALKER BUILDS A BUSINESS

MADAM C.J. WALKER BUILDS A BUSINESS

by Rebel Girls [Eds.] | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will enjoy hearing this account of Sarah Breedlove's remarkable business success during the early twentieth century. Adenrele Ojo narrates the entrepreneur's story with feeling, highlighting the challenges Breedlove (aka Madame C.J. Walker) faced and the opportunities she created--for herself and others. Ojo is especially skilled at creating engaging dialogue that... Read More

THE MAGIC PLACE

THE MAGIC PLACE

by Chris Wormell | Read by Candida Gubbins

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Candida Gubbins's smooth voice contrasts with the miserable life of a girl named Clementine, who lives with her wicked, thieving Aunt Vermilia and Uncle Rufus. As Clementine wonders how she might ever go beyond the basement room where she is confined and the dreary city where she's trapped, her brave cat, Gilbert, helps her find the magic and strength she needs to... Read More

MIDDLE SCHOOL'S A DRAG, YOU BETTER WERK!

MIDDLE SCHOOL'S A DRAG, YOU BETTER WERK!

by Greg Howard | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Michael Crouch's performance makes this heartwarmingly funny story about gender and sexual identity accessible to tween listeners. Aspiring 12-year-old entrepreneur Mikey becomes a talent agent for Julian, a boy who dreams of performing drag as Coco Caliente, Mistress of Madness and Mayhem. Navigating school authorities, intolerant jocks, and insecurity about his own same-sex... Read More

NESSIE QUEST

NESSIE QUEST

Earphones Award Winner

by Melissa Savage | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs, Melissa Savage [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Hats off to narrator Rachel L. Jacobs! Not only does she get inside the soul of a 12-year-old girl, but she also brings lilting Scottish brogues to a cast of unique supporting characters. When Ada Ru is whisked off to Scotland for the summer, she is anything but pleased. When she arrives at Port Augustus, the pull of nearby Loch Ness treats Ada Ru to a host of new friends--one... Read More

NO MAP, GREAT TRIP: A YOUNG WRITER'S ROAD TO PAGE ONE

NO MAP, GREAT TRIP: A YOUNG WRITER'S ROAD TO PAGE ONE

by Paul Fleischman | Read by Andrew Eiden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will enjoy being taken along for the ride as Newbery-winning children's author Paul Fleischman delivers reminiscences of his youth, especially of people and events that contributed to his becoming a writer. Also included are helpful writing prompts. Andrew Eiden's narration portrays young Paul as he describes traversing the U.S. by bicycle and reflects on what his... Read More

THE ONLY ROAD

THE ONLY ROAD

by Alexandra Diaz | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ramon de Ocampo creates a soft yet determined voice for 12-year-old Jamie, who escapes his Guatemalan village in hopes of reaching the United States with his 15-year-old cousin, Angela. The pair must flee or be forced to join a local gang after Angela's brother and Jamie's cousin, Miguel, are killed for refusing. De Ocampo adds drama during intense moments of their... Read More

THE OTHER, BETTER ME

THE OTHER, BETTER ME

by Antony John | Read by Bailey Carr

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Bailey Carr establishes a youthful voice and Southern accent for 10-year-old Lola, who lives with her Momma in the resort town of Myrtle Beach. Lola and Momma have been doing just fine by themselves, but now that Lola has entered fifth grade, things start to change. She becomes curious about her absent father, an Australian tourist who left before she was born. Carr's... Read More

PAVI SHARMA'S GUIDE TO GOING HOME

PAVI SHARMA'S GUIDE TO GOING HOME

by Bridget Farr | Read by Ariana Cordero

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ariana Cordero gives a fresh, youthful voice to precocious, straight-A foster kid Pavi Sharma in this feel-good story. Twelve-year-old Pavi is happy and thriving in her current foster family, but she hasn't forgotten the struggles foster kids face. So she provides a package of services for fellow foster kids, researching their new families and schools in exchange for... Read More

PEARL

PEARL

by Molly Idle | Read by Kim Mai Guest, Kella Kennedy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

The young voice of Kella Kennedy that begins this audiobook makes listeners take note. When a mermaid daughter is disdainful of the task her mother has entrusted to her, listeners hear childlike disgust and disappointment. That task is to care for a single grain of sand. When the young one begs to help with something more important, her mother admonishes her that even the... Read More

PIE IN THE SKY

PIE IN THE SKY

by Remy Lai | Read by Remy Hii

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Remy Hii balances humor and sorrow in this heartfelt story of new immigrants. Shortly after the death of their father, a baker, 11-year old Jingwen and his little brother, Yanghao, emigrate from China to Australia, where they bake oodles of fanciful cakes to feel closer to the homeland they left behind. Hii accurately captures Jingwen's frustrations with grief, making... Read More

THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL!

THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL!

Earphones Award Winner

by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

A winning combination here--Mo Willems narrates the latest installment in his Pigeon books, and a musical score enriches the experience. The plot is spot-on for children facing the prospect of starting school. Meet Pigeon who, in his own estimation, doesn't need to go to school because he knows EVERYTHING. But when he's peppered with questions by kid voices, he becomes... Read More

PRINCE VALIANT IN THE DAYS OF KING ARTHUR

PRINCE VALIANT IN THE DAYS OF KING ARTHUR Prince Valiant, Book 1

by Harold Foster | Read by Tim Gregory

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tim Gregory does a masterful job re-creating a legend who began as a comic strip in 1937. Prince Valiant, who has been exiled from Norway, dreams of becoming a knight in King Arthur's Round Table. In search of a mentor, he seeks out a number of knights. Most memorable is Gregory's portrayal of Sir Gawain, who is a patient, witty teacher with an infectious laugh.... Read More

RACE TO THE SUN

RACE TO THE SUN

by Rebecca Roanhorse | Read by Kinsale Hueston

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kinsale Hueston's fervent, youthful tones are well matched to Roanhorse's fiercely determined characters. Nizhoni Begay; her younger brother, Mac; and her best friend, Davery must embark on a dangerous rescue when Nizhoni and Mac's father disappears. She learns that the powers she and her brother possess are linked to the monster-slaying twins of Navajo legend. With... Read More

SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ

SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ

by Andrea Beaty | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Lively music and narrator Marisa Blake's bright voice will delight listeners in this audiobook about standing up for what is right. Sofia Valdez is a second-grade community helper and a welcome addition to Beaty's Questioneers series. Sofia and her Abuelo love to stroll their neighborhood together--until the day their dog charges off and Abuelo hurts himself in the city's... Read More

SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY

SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

by Duncan Tonatiuh | Read by David DeSantos

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

With Spanish words and phrases rolling off his tongue, narrator David DeSantos immerses young listeners in the life of Mexican-American José de la Luz Sáenz. Luz took to heart his father's admonition to be proud of his roots and who he was. As a teacher and later when he was in the Army during WWI, he urged his students and then his fellow soldiers to do the same. DeSantos... Read More

SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS

SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS

by Renée Watson | Read by Bahni Turpin

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Bahni Turpin brings her inimitable style to this captivating middle-grade adventure, which follows a suburban Oregon tween as she takes her first trip to New York City. While there have been video calls on birthdays and holidays, Amara has never met her grandfather and cousins who live in Harlem in person. Her father hasn't even spoken to her grandfather since her... Read More

THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER

THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER

by Sue Stauffacher | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Thomas Moran, a fifth-grade Michigan boy who is left to navigate a difficult home situation after his mother's disappearance, is beautifully portrayed by Tavia Gilbert. Thomas's mother had been a shut-in, due to her depression. When Thomas comes home from school to find out that his mother has gone away, both he and his father are left floundering. Thomas is guided through his... Read More

THE STAR SHEPHERD

THE STAR SHEPHERD

by Dan Haring, MarcyKate Connolly | Read by Michael Crouch

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Michael Crouch's narration makes the most of the authors' inventive premise of caring for the stars. A boy named Kyro seeks to find his father, a Star Shepherd who noticed that too many stars were falling from the sky for him and his colleagues to rescue. After setting off to find out what was causing their demise, he disappeared. Crouch voices the subsequent quest that the... Read More

STAY

STAY

by Bobbie Pyron | Read by Kathleen McInerney, Kirby Heyborne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Kathleen McInerney narrates most of this story about homelessness, pets, and modern life. Kirby Heyborne impeccably portrays Baby, the loving and lovable dog owned by homeless Jewel Knight. Listeners will accompany the Trudeau family as they move into Hope House, join the endless lines for food and clothing, and try to remain optimistic. Twelve-year-old Piper notices Jewel,... Read More

SUNNYSIDE PLAZA

SUNNYSIDE PLAZA

by Scott Simon | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

As Lauren Fortgang narrates the story of 19-year-old Sally Miyake in a clear and kind voice, listeners will get a sense of her curiosity and intuition about the world. Sally lives in Sunnyside Plaza, a Chicago group home for adults with developmental disabilities that emphasizes independence and community. Sally may not know how to read, but she knows how to notice things,... Read More

SWALLOW'S DANCE

SWALLOW'S DANCE

by Wendy Orr | Read by Rosalyn Oades

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Turning the prose and poetry of Orr's historical tale into an audiobook works well in telling the story of Leira, a well-born girl of Bronze Age Crete. On her first day of instruction in becoming a priestess, an earthquake changes the lives of everyone on her island forever. Rosalyn Oades's dramatic narration portrays the characters' increasingly dangerous situation, Mama's... Read More

THE VANDERBEEKERS TO THE RESCUE

THE VANDERBEEKERS TO THE RESCUE Vanderbeekers, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Karina Yan Glaser | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robin Miles is crisp and pliable of voice--and as upbeat sounding as the five Vanderbeeker children. These skills serve her well as she navigates the topsy-turvy, ever-changing world of the Vanderbeeker family. They may be rescuers, but they sometimes cause problems, too. When Mama's home baking business is threatened, it's the children who come up with many plans to... Read More

VIVA DURANT AND THE SECRET OF THE SILVER BUTTONS

VIVA DURANT AND THE SECRET OF THE SILVER BUTTONS

by Ashli St. Armant | Read by Bahni Turpin

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Children

Music and sound effects abound in this mystery featuring a plucky young black girl who is visiting her aunt in New Orleans. Viva Durant investigates an article claiming that a secret treasure map is hidden in the words of the hand-clapping rhyme "Miss Mary Mack." Narrator Bahni Turpin pulls listeners along as Viva boldly follows clues wherever they lead--and as she does so,... Read More

VOYAGE OF THE FROSTHEART

VOYAGE OF THE FROSTHEART

by Jamie Littler | Read by Joshua McGuire

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Joshua McGuire lends his voice to the motley crew of a giant sleigh in this immersive fantasy adventure. Banished from his community for his forbidden song-weaving abilities, young Ash and his yeti guardian, Tobu, are taken aboard the Frostheart, a huge sleigh crewed by a colorful group of explorers. As the Frostheart journeys across the monster-filled tundra, Ash... Read More

WE'RE NOT FROM HERE

WE'RE NOT FROM HERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Geoff Rodkey | Read by Dani Martineck

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Dani Martineck hilariously voices a multitude of extraterrestrial characters in this Odyssey Honor-winning sci-fi romp. After the destruction of Earth, the surviving humans seek refuge on the planet Choom. Choom's government fears that humans are too violent to live among them, but they allow one family to visit as a test. Humanity's survival depends on them, so the... Read More

THE WHISPERING WARS

THE WHISPERING WARS

by Jaclyn Moriarty | Read by Edward Killingback, Sarah Ovens, Imogen Wilde

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Three narrators amplify the fun in this delightful fantasy about rivalry and teamwork. When the Orphanage School places second (on a technicality) behind the posh Brathelthwaite School at the Spindrift Tournament, the orphans furiously wage war against the rich kids. In hilarious alternating chapters, orphaned Finlay and privileged Honey Bee recount their sides of the story.... Read More

WILDFIRE

WILDFIRE

by Rodman Philbrick | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Kirby Heyborne's narration of 12-year-old Sam Castine's survival story begins as slowly as the fire that forces the evacuation of his summer camp. When Sam is accidentally left behind, he must fend for himself at first. Initially, Sam's voice remains steady, with changes only in speed and volume. Later, when he partners with the wily, slightly older Delphy and the pair face... Read More

THE WORD COLLECTOR

THE WORD COLLECTOR

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Guy Lockard

Weston Woods | Unabridged
Children

Reynolds's beloved story is even more spectacular with Guy Lockard's narration and Sandra Hart's music. The tale of Jerome, a word collector, begins with cheerful music that expresses his excitement. As various words are introduced, the music follows the lead of the text--thoughtful as Jerome expresses respect for the word "wonder" and dramatic while delivering powerful words... Read More

WORDS ON FIRE

WORDS ON FIRE

by Jennifer A. Nielsen | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kathleen McInerney transports listeners to Russian-occupied Lithuania in 1893 in this historical fiction told from the perspective of 12-year-old Audra. McInerney makes listeners feel Audra's terror when her parents are arrested for smuggling banned books written in the forbidden Lithuanian language. Listeners feel the suspense building as Audra evades Officer Rusakov... Read More

THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE

THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE

by Amy Sarig King | Read by Stephanie Willing

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stephanie Willing's bright, youthful voice establishes the conflicts and complex characterizations in King's poignant story. Aspiring astronomer Liberty feels that nobody understands her. When a meteorite crashes into her backyard, it becomes her best friend. King balances parental pain and childhood confusion as the Johansen family weathers depression, divorce, and... Read More

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