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THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE

THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE Storey Treehouse, Book 7

by Andy Griffiths | Read by Stig Wemyss

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Stig Wemyss's spirited delivery and strong Australian accent add to the zaniness as Andy and Terry continue their misadventures in their ever-growing treehouse. It began at 13, and now has 91 storeys. In addition to babysitting for their publisher Mr. Big Nose's grandkids, they must decide whether to push the red button in the treehouse. Wemyss's Andy and Terry squabble like... Read More

AMINA'S VOICE

AMINA'S VOICE

by Hena Khan | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani's youthful voice is a wonderful match for shy sixth-grader Amina, her Pakistani-American family, and her Korean-American best friend, Soojin. As Amina faces a new school year, Nankani recounts her struggles with new friendships, her lack of confidence to sing in a recital, her experience with being bullied, and her betrayal of her friends' trust.... Read More

THE APPRENTICE WITCH

THE APPRENTICE WITCH

by James Nicol | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

This enchanting tale comes to life through the charming narration of Elizabeth Knowelden, who captures the voice of each character, human or magical. Arianwyn is disgraced after she has failed her witchcraft test. Her grandmother, a master witch, uses her influence to ensure that Arianwyn can continue her education as an apprentice in Lull, a remote village on the edge of the... Read More

AUGGIE & ME

AUGGIE & ME Three Wonder Stories

by R.J. Palacio | Read by Mike Chamberlain, Scott Merriman, Taylor Ann Krahn, R.J. Palacio

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

A different narrator performs each of three companion stories to Palacio's beloved book, WONDER. Mike Chamberlain gives the most affecting performance in the first story, lending depth and authenticity to Julian, a kid who turns out to be more than a bully. Narrator Scott Merriman becomes Christopher, a boy who is coping with anger in the wake of a move and his parents'... Read More

BOOM SNOT TWITTY: THIS WAY THAT WAY

BOOM SNOT TWITTY: THIS WAY THAT WAY

by Doreen Cronin | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Leave it to Tavia Gilbert to provide a narration that enriches this story of friendship, disagreement, and resolution. With three distinct voices for the three friends--a high-pitched bird; a gentle, growly voiced bear; and a low-pitched, slow-to-speak snail--Gilbert invites young listeners on a day's adventure. Boom prefers an outing to the beach with flippers and a tube;... Read More

BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER

BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER

by Cao Wenxuan, Helen Wang [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Emily Woo Zeller rises to the challenge of bringing Chinese author Wenxuan's novel to middle-grade listeners. The story is set in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. Sunflower, an orphaned girl from the Cadre School, is taken in by a poor yet loving family from the neighboring village. She develops a bond with the family's mute son, Bronze, as everyone--parents,... Read More

THE CRYSTAL RIBBON

THE CRYSTAL RIBBON

by Celeste Lim | Read by Nancy Wu

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nancy Wu flawlessly presents this affecting coming-of-age story set in 1100s China. Li Jing is the dutiful daughter of a poor tea-growing family. Wu deftly captures Jing as her life changes dramatically when she's sold to a wealthy family and is forced to marry their 3-year-old son. Listeners will be entranced by ravishing descriptions of the countryside; the magical... Read More

DANZA!

DANZA! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

by Duncan Tonatiuh | Read by Adriana Sananes

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Adriana Sananes narrates with the exuberance and lightness of voice that Amalia Hernandez, the founder of the Ballet Folklórico de México, choreographs into her dances. Young listeners will revel in this biography of Hernandez, beginning with her early love of dance--both ballet and modern--and then following Amalia as she travels around Mexico collecting ideas about dance,... Read More

THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART

THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART

by Stephanie Burgis | Read by Jill Frutkin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jill Frutkin establishes a childlike high-pitched voice for young Aventurine, a dragon who is struggling to find her place in the world and her true passion in life. When she's tricked into drinking a magical cup of hot chocolate that transforms her into a human, she finds that being a chocolatier may be the path she was looking for all along. The quiet nature of this... Read More

ELIZABETH AND ZENOBIA

ELIZABETH AND ZENOBIA

by Jessica Miller | Read by Shiromi Arserio

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Shiromi Arserio whisks listeners into a world in which ghosts make pleasant companions, gardens hold treacherous secrets, and kingdoms can be found inside wallpaper remains. Elizabeth and Zenobia are inseparable friends who are determined to uncover the secrets of Withering House, their new home. Arserio characterizes Elizabeth, a child dealing with the loss of her... Read More

ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

by Nancy Cavanaugh | Read by Cassandra Lee Morris

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris's bright soprano drawl as Elsie Mae transports listeners into a series of warm afternoons in the Okefenokee Swamp. Elsie Mae is eager to spend her summer there with her grandparents and favorite uncle. But she has her hands full with a new dog, a mission to save the swamp from destruction, a plan to thwart the hog bandits who are terrorizing her... Read More

THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH

THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH

by Julie Berry | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Jayne Entwistle is splendid as dairymaid Begonia, who is helpful to her mother. When their cow, Alfalfa, disappears, Begonia must find her. En route she encounters the delightfully talkative Key, a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic and finder of things. Rich descriptions of the countryside and people they pass sparkle with Entwistle's delivery. Her best creation is Lumi, an... Read More

THE EMPTY GRAVE

THE EMPTY GRAVE Lockwood & Co., Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Stroud | Read by Emily Bevan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This is the fifth and final Lockwood & Co. audiobook, all of them exquisitely narrated by Emily Bevan. The satisfying conclusion fulfills the promise of author and narrator. The book begins with the usual suspense as the Lockwood crew discovers that the coffin of famed psychic Marissa Fittes is empty. Bevan delivers that dynamic scene in the voice of the witty first-person... Read More

EUGENIA LINCOLN AND THE UNEXPECTED PACKAGE

EUGENIA LINCOLN AND THE UNEXPECTED PACKAGE Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate DiCamillo | Read by Lorna Raver

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lorna Raver knows Eugenia Lincoln and her sister, Baby, from the inside out. She takes the narration from cranky to imperious to almost tender and back again with ease. When Eugenia's predictable life is disturbed, greatly, by the arrival of an unreturnable package, Eugenia has to contend with the contents and with all the neighbors, who are suddenly interested in the... Read More

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

by Carole Boston Weatherford | Read by JD Jackson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

History meets art in this musical and poetic account of a week in the life of an enslaved African in nineteenth-century New Orleans. Narrator JD Jackson's baritone is the perfect instrument to deliver the rhyming couplets that describe each weekday of plantation life. During the grueling days of Monday through Saturday, his narration is accompanied by the sounds of snorting... Read More

THE GIRL WITH THE GHOST MACHINE

THE GIRL WITH THE GHOST MACHINE

by Lauren DeStefano | Read by Brittany Pressley

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Brittany Pressley's earnest narration captures heartbreak and hope in this beautiful story about holding on and letting go. Her gentle tone high pitch capture the youthful sadness of 12-year-old Emmaline Beaumont, who has been facing numerous hardships since her mother's death two years ago. One obstacle to Emmaline's happiness is her distracted and disconnected father, who... Read More

GIRLS WHO CODE

GIRLS WHO CODE Learn to Code and Change the World

by Reshma Saujani | Read by Reshma Saujani

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code. Since then, the organization has reached 40,000 young women. The format of Saujani's book includes true stories of women's accomplishments in the field of informational technology as well as asides by a multicultural cast of presumably fictional American girls. Saujani's portrayals of various female characters could be stronger.... Read More

GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION!

GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION!

by Jake Burt | Read by Tara Sands, Arthur Morey, Danny Campbell, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tara Sands brings this debut middle grade novel to life with heart and humor. A supporting cast adds icing to the cake. Sands is the voice of 13-year-old Nicki Demere, foster kid and master pickpocket. Her whole life is reset when federal marshals recruit her to join a family that is hiding from the Mob in Witness Protection. Sands gives Nicki, a.k.a. Charlotte, a... Read More

HAMSTER PRINCESS: GIANT TROUBLE

HAMSTER PRINCESS: GIANT TROUBLE Hamster Princess, Book 4

by Ursula Vernon | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

When Hamster Princess Harriet Hamsterbone climbs up a magic beanstalk, she finds herself in a perilous predicament--yet again. Narrator Eva Kaminsky's scintillating storytelling is filled with high pitches and animated tones that quickly reveal Harriet's valiant and daredevil nature. Kaminsky's pacing ratchets up lighthearted tension as Harriet must resort to quick thinking and... Read More

HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER

HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER

by Adam Wallace | Read by Chris Patton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Chris Patton's eager, youthful voice is ideal for portraying a boy who's elated at being chosen as the ninja master for his school play. Lively music throughout adds to the fun, particularly when a "fighting spirit" song matches the child's decision to confront the monster in his bedroom closet. A skilled presentation of words like "snap" and "trap" keeps the rhythm... Read More

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T!

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T!

by Elise Parsley | Read by Megan Tusing

Vox Books | Unabridged
Children

Young Magnolia has made a BIG mistake, and narrator Megan Tusing is with her every regretful step of the way! Magnolia admits that bringing an alligator to school for show-and-tell was a terrible idea and launches into a second-person narration as to why. Tusing brings a childlike voice to each story element--the alligator's hunger during math, its annoying gum-smacking, and... Read More

THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING

THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING

by Kathryn Erskine | Read by Pierce Cravens

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Pierce Cravens embraces the youth, innocence, and passion of 9-year-old Julian, a boy with heart and a heart condition. The verve of Cravens's reading captures the positive nature of a boy who emphasizes his love of astronomy and downplays his fears. Julian is courageous--he's not afraid of befriending the grouchy elderly neighbor who threatens the success of his... Read More

THE INFAMOUS RATSOS: BOOKS 1-2

THE INFAMOUS RATSOS: BOOKS 1-2 The Infamous Ratsos; The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

by Kara LaReau | Read by Mark Turetsky

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Mark Turetsky narrates tough--just the way the Ratso brothers like to be. In Book One, Louie and Ralphie do their best to do mean deeds, including taking the hat of a large rat, shoveling snow in front of a door, and soaping windows. As Big Lou, the boys' gruff and presumably just as tough father, Turetsky surprises listeners with a range of emotions and sage counsel. In Book... Read More

LAST KIDS ON EARTH

LAST KIDS ON EARTH

by Max Brallier | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In this highly entertaining audiobook, narrator Robbie Daymond captivates listeners with his energetic portrayal of the adventure-seeking Jack Sullivan, a 13-year-old survivor of the zombie apocalypse. With enough Oreos to last a lifetime and all the video games he could ever wish for, Jack knows he has it good after the monsters overtake his town. Daymond lends a witty voice... Read More

LITTLE EXCAVATOR

LITTLE EXCAVATOR

by Anna Dewdney | Read by Mark Turetsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Mark Turetsky champions the smallest of a park's building crew--not the crane and not the backhoe, dump truck, or loader, but "Little E." Will there be any job that such a small machine can do? The Little Excavator's enthusiasm and determination are of a larger scale than he is himself. But with Turetsky's enthusiasm there is never any doubt. In a firm, clear voice,... Read More

THE LOSERS CLUB

THE LOSERS CLUB

by Andrew Clements | Read by Chris Gebauer

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Chris Gebauer transforms himself into Alec, an avid reader who is trying to navigate the uneasy waters of school, friends, and other aspects of being a kid. Beginning the school year as a loner, Alec establishes the "Losers Club" in order to find some solace while enjoying reading. As others show interest in his club, he steps out of his comfort zone and starts to form... Read More

THE MAGIC MISFITS

THE MAGIC MISFITS

by Neil Patrick Harris | Read by Neil Patrick Harris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrating this first in a series, Neil Patrick Harris's tone aims at taking listeners into his confidence. After giving tips on how to listen, Harris dives into the story. Carter is desperate to leave his miserable life assisting his guardian, a con artist. After he finally escapes on a train, he finds himself in Mineral Wells, where he's welcomed by an illusionist and a gang... Read More

MY BRIGADISTA YEAR

MY BRIGADISTA YEAR

by Katherine Paterson | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

In 1961, Castro successfully deployed hundreds of thousands of young people to bring literacy to all Cubans within one year. This fictionalized account features Lora, a 13-year-old "brigadista" from Havana who is assigned to teach, live, and work with an illiterate mountain family of farmers. Frankie Corzo's narration is spot-on. Her accented English is warm and clear, and her... Read More

NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW

NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Townsend | Read by Gemma Whelan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Gemma Whelan provides listeners with an immersive experience of the wondrous world of Nevermoor. She ably presents the funny and enticing tale of a "cursed" girl who avoids meeting her doom by escaping to a world where she encounters strange and miraculous people, creatures, and events. But the threat of a dire destiny still looms. Whelan's clear English accent is... Read More

THE NUTCRACKER MICE

THE NUTCRACKER MICE

by Kristin Kladstrup | Read by Angela Dawe

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Angela Dawe conjures the joy of dancing in this enchanting fantasy. At St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater in 1892, human dancers are preparing to debut Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet. Behind the scenes, the Russian Mouse Ballet Company wonders how they can possibly re-create a ballet in which mice are the enemy. Dawe brings spirit and sweetness to the roles of... Read More

PATINA

PATINA Track, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Heather Alicia Simms

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Heather Alicia Simms animates the complex character of Patina (Patty), the heroine of Jason Reynolds's second Track book. Simms depicts the overwhelmed feelings of a girl who has suffered much in her young life. Now that her beloved father has died, she must live with her aunt and uncle, helping to care for her younger sister while her diabetic mother recovers from an... Read More

THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE

THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE

by Mark Twain, Philip Stead, Erin Stead | Read by Keegan-Michael Key, Philip Stead, Mark Bramhall, Julia Whelan, Francis Gilbert [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author and narrator Philip Stead created this funny, rollicking story from a set of notes by Mark Twain. Stead capably voices the humorous chapter introductions and author asides, which provide a framework for the fable. Keegan-Michael Key narrates the tale of young Johnny, his pet chicken, and all his other animal friends. Key's combination of verve and gentleness reflects... Read More

QUICKSAND POND

by Janet Taylor Lisle | Read by Nina Alvamar

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Nina Alvamar delivers a sensitive performance of this coming-of-age story about rumors, reputations, and redemption. In a small seaside town in Rhode Island, a decades-old crime casts a shadow over the Carr family, making 12-year-old Terri an outcast. A chance meeting on a sinking raft on Quicksand Pond brings Terri and and the new girl, Jessie, together in an unlikely... Read More

SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY

SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY

by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tara Sands establishes a girlishly pitched dramatic voice for young detective Sammy Keyes, who follows her mother and her mother's boyfriend to "Sin City" to try to keep them from eloping. Along the way, Sammy runs into an entire cast of characters, including her best friend, Marissa, and her worried mother; her soon-to-be stepsister (and arch nemesis), Heather; her... Read More

THE SEA LION

THE SEA LION The Lighthouse Family, Book 7

Earphones Award Winner

by Cynthia Rylant | Read by Mark Nelson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Mark Nelson narrates in a rich, upbeat voice as Pandora and the other members of the Lighthouse family welcome a young guest--a sea lion. When "Topper" is discovered sitting in a chair at the kitchen table one morning, amazement abounds. But it's not long before Topper is exploring the island with the children and, for his safety, learning to swim. Nelson maintains a leisurely... Read More

THE SHIP OF THE DEAD

THE SHIP OF THE DEAD Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3

by Rick Riordan | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

You wouldn't necessarily think that a desperate and dangerous quest to prevent Ragnarok, the great battle at the end of the world, would be funny--but there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this third Magnus Chase audiobook. As Magnus, narrator Michael Crouch hits that tone just right. He also gives distinct voices to the diverse cast of characters, including Magnus's... Read More

SLIDER

SLIDER

by Pete Hautman | Read by Scott Lange

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Scott Lange perfectly portrays middle child David with a humorous yet tender tone as he navigates the trials of family life. In particular, he's trying to live up to his perfect older sister and help his younger brother, Mal, who has autism, communicate with the world. When David unwisely uses his mother's credit card to make an online purchase, he decides to start... Read More

STARS BENEATH OUR FEET

STARS BENEATH OUR FEET

by David Barclay Moore | Read by Nile Bullock

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nile Bullock portrays 12-year-old Lolly, who copes with his brother's death and rebuilds his life by constructing Lego structures. Creating brings Lolly wonder and comfort from the anxiety of a gang-ridden neighborhood and his brother's crew connection. Gradually, Lolly becomes more empathic than angry, and his competitive spirit turns to collaboration through... Read More

TALES FROM EARTHSEA

TALES FROM EARTHSEA

by Ursula K. Le Guin | Read by Jenny Sterlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Jenny Sterlin narrates this collection of five short stories from iconic fantasy author Le Guin at an unhurried steady pace. Sterlin is an engaged storyteller who takes in stride the various characters ranging in age and social status. In "Dragonfly," which is about a girl intent on studying magic at a school that has been restricted to young men, Sterlin demonstrates this... Read More

A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN

A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren L. Wohl | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will settle in for a Halloween-focused teeny tiny woman story that is not too frightening while being a whole lot of fun. Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers quietly yet firmly emphasizes the words "teeny tiny," and her descriptions of the howling of the wind and the darkness of the house have a scary edge to them. With each repetition, Rodgers builds suspense through her... Read More

TROMBONE SHORTY

TROMBONE SHORTY

Earphones Award Winner

by Troy Andrews | Read by Dion Graham

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Music featuring a single trombone precedes Dion Graham's narration of this picture-book autobiography by "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, a New Orleans native and Grammy Award-nominated musician. Then, the first words of the audiobook--"Where y'at?"--greet listeners with an energetic New Orleans welcome. Graham draws listeners of all ages into an experience that's lyrical in word,... Read More

TUMBLE & BLUE

TUMBLE & BLUE

by Cassie Beasley | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kirby Heyborne delivers authentic Southern accents in this story about what happens when 12-year-old Blue Montgomery's father leaves him at his grandmother's house in rural Georgia for the summer. Heyborne portrays Blue as believably as he portrays Granny Eve, and he enlivens every other character in the story, too, even the magical alligator that lives in the middle... Read More

THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS

THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate

by | Read by James Langton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator James Langton smoothly transitions from young to old and male to female characters, and his delivery of dialogue ranges believably from refined to coarse. These traits amplify the historical authenticity of this Dickensian adventure by the award-winning author Avi. From the moment 12-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts is awakened by a raging storm, his life careens from... Read More

VICTOR SHMUD, TOTAL EXPERT: LET'S DO A THING!

VICTOR SHMUD, TOTAL EXPERT: LET'S DO A THING! Victor Shmud, Total Expert, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Jim Benton | Read by Johnny Heller

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Johnny Heller gives an out-of-this-world performance as the imaginative and intrepid Victor Shmud. Jim Benton, author of the Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary series, brings more outrageous fun with his new child protagonist, whom Heller entertainingly portrays with vivid animation. Heller combines childlike innocence and silliness with a debonair sophistication to convey... Read More

THE WAR I FINALLY WON

THE WAR I FINALLY WON

Earphones Award Winner

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Jayne Entwistle narrated Bradley's earlier book, THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Her narration of the sequel cements the books' connection. Entwistle recognizes the characters' complexities, particularly Ada's. Ada, the heroine, has survived living with a clubfoot and her Mam's cruelty--now comes her healing. Entwistle gives a layered portrayal of Ada's strength and distrust,... Read More

WAVE ME GOODBYE

WAVE ME GOODBYE

by Jacqueline Wilson | Read by Amy Enticknap

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amy Enticknap employs a range of British accents to highlight the culture shock 10-year-old Shirley experiences when she and her schoolmates are evacuated from London to the countryside just before England enters WWII. While the subject matter explores serious themes about war, class, and the nature of family, its overall spirit is one of adventure and discovery, which... Read More

THE WAY TO BEA

THE WAY TO BEA

by Kat Yeh | Read by Dianne Down

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Dianne Down's earnest, enthusiastic narration as Bea illuminates the tumult and excitement that accompany middle school, with its awkward social situations and clashes between expectation and reality. Seventh grade presents a host of challenges for Yeh's characters. With urgency and determination, Down recounts details of mysterious letters, daring quests, new friendships, and... Read More

WEDGIE & GIZMO

WEDGIE & GIZMO

by Suzanne Selfors | Read by Johnny Heller, Maxwell Glick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick are unfailingly exuberant as they bring Wedgie and Gizmo to life. This is no easy task, given these two large personalities--one a guinea pig set on taking over the world and the other the quintessential family dog, ever faithful but out of step. Wedgie and Gizmo are in the thick of it whether racing about in a superhero cape, bemoaning... Read More

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD

by Rachel Vail | Read by Simone Policano

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Simone Policano captures the searing self-consciousness and angst of middle school. Featured elements of the story are the awkward first romance and its behind-the-scenes negotiations. In this contemporary retelling of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, eighth-grader Gracie likes AJ, but instead of telling him, she helps her friend Sienna craft admiring texts to him. The story... Read More

WHO LET THE GODS OUT?

WHO LET THE GODS OUT?

by Maz Evans | Read by Maz Evans

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Maz Evans takes on the narration of her audiobook with verve. The adventure intertwines the present day with ancient times. As the story unfolds, 12-year-old Elliott Hooper is struggling to care for his mother and to hold on to the family farm. His life becomes even more complicated with the arrival of a Greek goddess who is delivering ambrosia to a prisoner of the gods who is... Read More

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Earphones Award Winner

by Kenneth Grahame | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Award-winning narrator Simon Vance has the perfect English accent for this 1908 classic featuring four anthropomorphized friends: Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Vance's character voices are gently nuanced--discernible without distracting from the considerable descriptive prose that embellishes this tale of friendship and adventure along the riverbank at edge of the Wild Wood. He... Read More

WISHTREE

WISHTREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Katherine Applegate | Read by Nancy Linari

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

It's easy to suspend disbelief with Nancy Linari's animated reading of this story. She quickly engages listeners with the authoritative viewpoint of Red, an oak tree who knows the habits of the many animals she shelters. Linari is equally successful in voicing the tenderness Red has for the humans who hang wishes from her branches. Linari marks Red's concern when Muslims move... Read More

THE WIZARDS OF ONCE

THE WIZARDS OF ONCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Cressida Cowell | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

David Tennant's atmospheric narration reflects this dark and twisted tale. It's the story of Xar, son of the King of Wizards, who cannot even cast a spell. Also of Wish, a daughter of the queen of a warrior tribe that does not want magic in the land. But Wish has a magical object. Tennant creates a distinct voice for each of the characters. His reading of the witty dialogue and... Read More

THE WONDERLING

THE WONDERLING

Earphones Award Winner

by Mira Bartók | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Whatever your age, the adventures of part-human, part-animal Number 39 and Trinket in Mira Bartók's steampunk otherworld are captivating. Add Simon Vance's enthusiastic narration, and this is an audiobook to be cherished. The plot, which is unique while paying homage to DAVID COPPERFIELD, WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and other classics, sets our "groundlings," mild-mannered part-badger... Read More

WRITING RADAR

WRITING RADAR Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

With conspiratorial enthusiasm, author Jack Gantos assures kids that they can write great stories--the secret is being a good listener, tuning in to all the interesting stuff happening in the world around you, and writing it down in a journal. Kids will find in Gantos a funny, inspiring, supportive, and confiding teacher. Gantos's passion and excitement are infectious as he... Read More

YORK

YORK The Shadow Cipher, Book 1

by Laura Ruby | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Adam Verner's spirited delivery is faultless for this combination of alternate history and love story set in New York City. In the late 1700s, the Morningstarr twins built ultra-modern buildings for the time. Before mysteriously disappearing, they left clues to finding a treasure hidden in their buildings. Verner ratchets up the excitement as contemporary twins Tess... Read More

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