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THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWS

THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWS

by Kurt Kirchmeier | Read by Will Collyer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Will Collyer brings realistic emotion to this creepy audiobook about a terrifying plague. Ben, 11, and his brother Pete, 12, witness the first of many mysterious, random storms that are turning people all over the world into obsidian glass statues. The two brothers then make very different attempts to try to avert impending doom. While Ben thinks that birds are... Read More

ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS

ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS

by Lindsay Lackey | Read by Samantha Desz

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Samantha Desz's even pacing and tone reflect 11-year-old Red's tightly controlled exterior--but don't quite convey the turbulent storm of emotions thrumming inside her. After three unpleasant years in the foster system, Red is counting down the days until her mother's release from prison. At the same time, she tries to suppress her pain and anger over the incarceration... Read More

ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY UPTOWN

ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY UPTOWN All-of-a-Kind Family, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Sydney Taylor | Read by Suzanne Toren

Listen & Live Audio | Unabridged
Children

With Suzanne Toren as narrator, listeners to Taylor's beloved classic are in for a treat. Detailed episodes of the four sisters and their endearing young brother, Charlie, are set within the holidays of the Jewish year. Just a few of the WWI period episodes include discovering the joys of learning and the pleasures of reading, celebrating Sukkot, and collecting prune pits to... Read More

ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME

ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME

by Juana Martinez-Neal | Read by Adriana Sananes

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Lively music and narrator Adriana Sananes's rich voice bring Latin flair to this audiobook about a Hispanic-American girl with a too long name. Each one of Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela's six names has a story. Her father tells Alma about the people she's been named after, including a book lover, a traveler, an artist, a deeply spiritual woman, and an activist. Alma's... Read More

AMELIA EARHART

AMELIA EARHART

by Andrew Prentice | Read by Elizabeth Cottle

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Sound effects and Elizabeth Cottle's enthusiastic narration bring Amelia Earhart's daring adventures to life--from her tomboyish childhood in Kansas to her worldwide fame as an aviatrix. Whether she is sledding down a snowy hill at top speed or flying above the clouds in a biplane, each episode vividly captures the thrilling excitement that Amelia thrived on. Cottle's voice... Read More

AMELIA EARHART AND THE FLYING CHARIOT

AMELIA EARHART AND THE FLYING CHARIOT Time Twisters, Book 4

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Marc Thompson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Music and sound effects immerse listeners in an audiobook that blends true history and outrageous adventure. In the fourth addition to Sheinkin's Time Twisters series, Abby's glasses get mixed up with Amelia Earhart's goggles, and she and her brother, Doc, travel back in time to 1932. After they meet Earhart, the three take an unexpected time-travel detour to the ancient... Read More

A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING #1

A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING #1

by Joe Ballarini | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kathleen McInerney strikes a balance between horror and humor in this campy adventure featuring first-time babysitter Kelly Ferguson. Kelly reluctantly babysits Jacob to earn some extra cash. McInerney gives Jacob a whining, demanding voice but infuses enough vulnerability to make the listener care for him. This is important as monstrous guttural Toadies, directed by a... Read More

BATTING ORDER

BATTING ORDER

by Mike Lupica | Read by Ali Andre Ali

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ali Andre Ali captures the voice of Matt Baker, a young baseball player who aspires to improve his game and to inspire his teammates to do the same. In order to be successful, he must find the right words to help his teammate Ben rework his swing. Even when Matt finds the words, he has a difficult time saying them aloud since he stutters at times, especially when he's... Read More

THE BECKET LIST

THE BECKET LIST A Blackberry Farm Story

by Adele Griffin | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amielynn Abellera establishes a spirited voice for fourth-grader Rebecca, a city girl whose family is about to move to Blackberry Farm. Rebecca cannot wait to be a country kid--however, once they arrive, she struggles to make friends. So she changes her name to Becket and makes a list of ways to adapt to country life. As Becket meets her new neighbors and tries to win... Read More

BERNARD PEPPERLIN

BERNARD PEPPERLIN

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Hoffman | Read by Gary Furlong

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Dormice have all the fun. At least, the famous dormouse of ALICE IN WONDERLAND does, while also having some rip-roaring adventures. First, he is voiced by Gary Furlong--as are nasty weasels, a wisecracking cat, dancing cockroaches, an enterprising iguana, even more creatures, and some colorful humans characterized with an entertaining panoply of accents and personalities.... Read More

BRITFIELD & THE LOST CROWN

BRITFIELD & THE LOST CROWN

by C.R. Stewart | Read by Ian Russell

Devonfield Publishing, LLC | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ian Russell carries listeners along for a thrilling, fast-paced adventure about two kids, Tom and Sarah, who run away from a bleak Yorkshire orphanage. Pursued by a determined police detective, they face even more danger when Tom discovers a clue about his ancestry that may link him to the royal family and a plot to eliminate his bloodline--including him. With varied... Read More

CAPE

CAPE

by Kate Hannigan | Read by Jesse Vilinsky, Jonathan Davis

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Part historical fiction chapter book, part superhero graphic novel, this audio production handles transitions perfectly via its two narrators. In WWII Philadelphia, seventh grader Josie O'Malley wishes her favorite female superheroes would protect the world from evil. At a tryout for code crackers, she meets two fellow superhero fans, Mae and Akiko. The three girls suddenly... Read More

CARL AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

CARL AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

by Deborah Freedman | Read by Adam Grupper

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Voicing an earthworm is no easy task! Narrator Adam Grupper deserves applause for the majestic, mysterious, and wonder-filled voice he provides Carl as he seeks his purpose in life. It is the field mouse who inspires his quest by asking Carl what he does and causing him to leave his munching and casting and making the soil soft and fluffy. Grupper's Carl is ever purposeful,... Read More

THE CHANGELING

THE CHANGELING The Oddmire, Book 1

by William Ritter | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's pleasant, wry tone is the perfect counterpoint to the darkness in this twisting fairy tale. When goblin Kull botches an attempt to leave behind a changeling, Annie suddenly finds her infant son has become twins. She lovingly raises Tinn and Cole as brothers, with no one knowing which one is the goblin. When they're nearly 13, they are drawn into... Read More

CHARLOTTE'S WEB

CHARLOTTE'S WEB

Earphones Award Winner

by E.B. White | Read by Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews, and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Melissa Sweet, author of SOME WRITER, introduces this edition of CHARLOTTE'S WEB with insights into White's inspiration for the sweet story. Then, Meryl Streep and a stellar cast take us to the barnyard. She draws the listener in with a smooth, consistent delivery and unobtrusive interjections highlighting the emotions of the dialogue. Every portrayal of every character, major... Read More

COUNT ME IN

COUNT ME IN

by Varsha Bajaj | Read by Priya Ayyar, Christopher Gebauer

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In alternating chapters, narrators Priya Ayyar and Christopher Gebauer emotionally connect to Varsha Bajaj's story, which highlights some of today's hot topics: immigration and diversity, bullying, and the sharing of personal information on social media. Karina's grandfather, who grew up in India, comes to live with her family and begins tutoring Chris, the boy next door, who... Read More

DANCING THE CHARLESTON

DANCING THE CHARLESTON

by Jacqueline Wilson | Read by Amy Enticknap

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amy Enticknap portrays the innocence of a child in the 1920s. Mona and her aunt live in a small cottage on the Somerset estate. When Lady Somerset dies, questions arise as a new family member inherits the house. Enticknap uses her voice tone well to depict the curiosity, disappointment, and giddiness of a 10-year-old. Mona and the other characters are given... Read More

DEAD VOICES

DEAD VOICES Small Spaces, Book 2

by Katherine Arden | Read by Renee Dorian

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Renee Dorian returns to narrate this sequel to SMALL SPACES. A ski vacation turns into a terrifying supernatural adventure for middle schoolers Coco, Brian, and Ollie. Dorian's youthful voice belies the sinister mood as the guests are snowed in without power and discover that the ski lodge is haunted. When a guest named Mr. Voland claims to be a ghost hunter, the kids think he... Read More

THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK

THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK

by Eoin Colfer | Read by Gary Furlong

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Gary Furlong establishes a tender voice for Oz, a young pup whose owner restricts his food when he barks or misbehaves. When a little boy named Patrick adopts him, they both have new opportunities to grow through their friendship. Patrick helps Oz find his voice again, and Oz helps Patrick learn to cope with the separation of his father and mother. Furlong creates... Read More

EACH TINY SPARK

EACH TINY SPARK

Earphones Award Winner

by Pablo Cartaya | Read by Pablo Cartaya

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Pablo Cartaya easily transitions between English and Spanish, authentically representing the bilingual world of Cuban-American Emilia Rosa Torres, who has ADHD. Cartaya's emotional presentation allows listeners to feel Emilia's struggles when her stable homelife changes. Her mother travels for business, her father returns home from deployment, her abuela becomes... Read More

THE END OF THE WORLD AND BEYOND

THE END OF THE WORLD AND BEYOND

by | Read by James Langdon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will need to tune their ears to eighteenth-century speech as they hear the travails of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, a 12-year-old convict, as his journeys take him from England to America. In Avi's second Oliver tale, hardship greets the young hero at every turn--from the harrowing sea crossing to the specter of seven years of indentured servitude on a tobacco farm to life... Read More

THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE METTLESTONE

THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE METTLESTONE Kingdoms and Empires, Book 1

by Jaclyn Moriarty | Read by Charlie Sanderson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Charlie Sanderson will delight listeners as she tells the story of now 12-year-old Bronte Mettlestone. Two years earlier, Bronte learned that her parents had been killed by pirates. In order to receive her inheritance, she was instructed to give a gift to each of her 10 aunts and to complete important tasks along the way. As she carries out her quest, she eventually... Read More

GHOULIA AND THE MYSTERIOUS VISITOR

GHOULIA AND THE MYSTERIOUS VISITOR

by Barbara Cantini | Read by Jordan Killam

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Cheerfully spooky music opens this second audiobook in the series about a lovable girl named Ghoulia. Sound effects of thunderstorms and creaking doors take listeners to the dark and stormy night at Crumbling Manor as Ghoulia's friends arrive one by one with a mysterious invitation sent by Auntie Departed. Confused, Ghoulia realizes that Auntie has gone missing. In a fun romp,... Read More

THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES

THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

by Joyce Sidman | Read by Catherine Ho

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Listen to a narrator who transitions deftly between the different voices in a complex audiobook. Welcome to the seventeenth-century world of Maria Merian, born into an artistic family but a girl with the heart and conviction of a scientist. From an early age, Maria spent time in the field observing, first insects, then butterflies and moths, and also amphibians--all creatures... Read More

THE HALLOWEEN TREE

THE HALLOWEEN TREE

by Susan Montanari | Read by Nick Podehl

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Music and sound effects heighten the atmosphere of each phase of a grouchy tree's life in this Halloween holiday audiobook. Narrator Nick Podehl's voice is friendly and comforting while delightfully playing up the grouch factor of the curmudgeonly tree on a tree farm who does not want to be a sappy Christmas tree. After the farm is incorporated into a housing development, the... Read More

THE HERO NEXT DOOR

THE HERO NEXT DOOR

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich [Ed.] | Read by Adenrele Ojo, Caitlin Gold, Dominic Hoffman, Kirby Heyborne, Frankie Corzo, and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Fourteen stellar narrators each read one short story in this anthology by a diverse group of authors. The fictional stories all feature ordinary young people performing extraordinary acts of kindness and friendship. Some are large and heroic, and some are seemingly small but still meaningful. Most memorable is "Reina Madrid" by R.J. Palacio, in which narrator Frankie Corzo... Read More

INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS

INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS Life of a Cactus, Book 1

by Dusti Bowling | Read by Karissa Vacker

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Karissa Vacker memorably introduces Aven Green, an inspiring 12-year-old who was born without arms. As her adoptive family moves from familiar Kansas to Stagecoach Pass Park in Arizona, Aven is worried about fitting in. When classmate Connor "barks" at her, she thinks he's mocking her, but she soon learns he has Tourette's syndrome. Each character is realistically... Read More

JUANA & LUCAS: BIG PROBLEMAS

JUANA & LUCAS: BIG PROBLEMAS Juana and Lucas, Book 2

by Juana Medina | Read by Almarie Guerra

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

With seamless transitions from English to Spanish, narrator Almarie Guerra shares the tribulations of young Juana and her "most perfect" dog, Lucas. In fact, Juana finds much in her life perfect until she starts to realize that she is spending more time with her cousins and less time with her mami. What could be going on? Guerra voices Juana's confidence and pleasure as she... Read More

JUDY MOODY, BOOK QUIZ WHIZ

JUDY MOODY, BOOK QUIZ WHIZ Judy Moody, Book 15

by Megan McDonald | Read by Amy Rubinate

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

The narrator of several previous Judy Moody titles, Amy Rubinate lends her voice to the fifteenth episode of the elementary school student's life. As members of their school's book quiz team, Judy and her younger brother, Stink, try a variety of tactics to prep for an upcoming match. Their team is confident they will come out on top-- until they learn that the other team has an... Read More

LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA

LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Lulu Lam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

The prologue of this folklore-inspired adventure urges listeners to "come close, nestle deep," which is precisely the response that many will have to Lulu Lam's spellbinding narration. Lam spins the tale of Lalani Sarita, a 12-year-old girl who's so determined to save her struggling home island of Sanlagita that she sets sail across the sea to retrieve good fortune from the... Read More

THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER

THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER

by Lamar Giles | Read by Ruffin Prentiss

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ruffin Prentiss introduces spirited cousins Sheed and Otto Alston. When they bemoan the arrival of the last day of summer, something happens they never expected. They're given a Polaroid camera that freezes time for everyone except them. Prentiss engagingly introduces the boys, whose opposite personalities enhance their time-travel decisions, which are aimed at saving... Read More

LAST MEETING OF THE GORILLA CLUB

LAST MEETING OF THE GORILLA CLUB

by Sara Nickerson | Read by Fred Berman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Fred Berman creates realistic fifth-grade characters in this eerie ghost story about two boys who are coping with loss and social anxiety. Josh Duncan is extremely nervous on his first day of school after his family's move to the Pacific Northwest. It's a fresh start for Josh, whose parents want him to leave behind the imaginary friend he calls Big Brother. Meanwhile,... Read More

THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE

THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE

by Sarah R. Baughman | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Caitlin Kelly gives a compassionate, heartrending performance in this audiobook about a 12-year-old girl who is grieving her twin brother's death. Kelly's clear voice draws listeners in as Addie is invited to join a group of scientists studying pollution in the beloved Vermont lake where her brother drowned four months earlier, while searching for a mysterious, possibly... Read More

LILY'S SECRET AUDITION

LILY'S SECRET AUDITION Shine!, Book 3

by Holly Webb | Read by Rosie Jones

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rosie Jones establishes a determined and dramatic voice with a lovely British accent for Lily, an aspiring actress who dreams of playing Beth in LITTLE WOMEN while a student at the Shine School for the Performing Arts. Lily struggles to stay focused on her passion for theater while facing mounting career pressure from her mother, a successful actress with a deep voice... Read More

LOOK BOTH WAYS

LOOK BOTH WAYS A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Heather Alicia Simms, Chris Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo, Kevin R. Free, JD Jackson, Guy Lockard, January LaVoy, David Sadzin, Jason Reynolds

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Ten African-American narrators read these ten interconnected stories, and their performances are uniformly excellent, bringing the cast of characters to vivid life. Listeners follow the varied adventures of students as they walk home from school. In "Call of Duty," read by Kevin R. Free, Bryson stands up for a boy who gets kissed by another boy at school; in "Satchmo's Master... Read More

THE LOST BOY'S GIFT

THE LOST BOY'S GIFT

by Kimberly Willis Holt | Read by Justine Eyre

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Justine Eyre's gentle, expressive voice is well suited to Holt's quiet story of what it's like to be the new kid in the neighborhood and the difficulty of dealing with life's changes. When 9-year-old Daniel's parents divorce, he and his mother must leave his well-loved home on a busy city street for a new house across the county on tranquil While-a-Way Lane. Eyre conveys... Read More

MORE TO THE STORY

MORE TO THE STORY

by Hena Khan | Read by Priya Ayyar

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Priya Ayyar's straightforward narration provides a positive and loving portrayal of a contemporary Pakistani-American family in this story inspired by LITTLE WOMEN. Seventh grader Jameela, editor of her school newspaper, develops a friendship with Ali, the visiting British-Pakistani nephew of a family friend. At the same time, her younger sister is diagnosed with cancer, and... Read More

MY CORNER OF THE RING

MY CORNER OF THE RING

by Jesselyn Silva | Read by Jesselyn Silva

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author Jesselyn Silva narrates her own audiobook in which she describes her career as a young female boxer who is making her way in a predominantly male field. Listeners will hear Jess's experiences in her own voice as she outlines years of training and honors those who helped her along the way--from encouraging teammates and coaches to her supportive and hardworking father.... Read More

MY JASPER JUNE

MY JASPER JUNE

by Laurel Snyder | Read by Imani Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Imani Parks creates a youthful voice for 13-year-old Leah, who will be spending summer at home rather than at camp due to a family tragedy that slowly reveals itself. When Leah finds a new friend, Jasper, who has set off on her own due to a rough family life, she starts to face the past and find a new way forward. Now she must find a way to help Jasper in return. Parks... Read More

MY LIFE AS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH

MY LIFE AS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH

by Ibi Zoboi | Read by Ibi Zoboi

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ibi Zoboi gives emotive power to the first-person viewpoint of quirky 12-year-old Ebony-Grace. Two 1980s settings are established: Ebony-Grace's hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, where NASA is a big part of the culture, and Harlem, where she discovers the blossoming hip-hop culture when she's sent to live with her father. Once she's there, big changes take place in... Read More

THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AND THE RIDDLE OF AGES

THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AND THE RIDDLE OF AGES Mysterious Benedict Society, Book 5

by Trenton Lee Stewart | Read by Eric Pollins

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

When a beloved book series must change narrators, it can sometimes be disconcerting, but Eric Pollins admirably takes the reigns from the late Del Roy, who narrated the first four books in this series. In Book 5, the members of the Mysterious Benedict Society are older; Reynie, Kate, and Sticky are on the verge of adulthood when they and Constance reunite for a new adventure. A... Read More

NEIL ARMSTRONG AND NAT LOVE, SPACE COWBOYS

NEIL ARMSTRONG AND NAT LOVE, SPACE COWBOYS Time Twisters, Book 3

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Marc Thompson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Marc Thompson returns to narrate the third installment in Sheinkin's inventive Time Twisters series. Doc and Abby join astronauts, cowboys, and Abe Lincoln as they attempt to unravel a time-travel catastrophe and preserve the history of the moon landing. Thompson's bright, humorous delivery heightens the excitement and absurdity of this rollicking adventure, transporting... Read More

NOT IF I CAN HELP IT

NOT IF I CAN HELP IT

by Carolyn Mackler | Read by Taylor Meskimen

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

In a believable and engaging tone, narrator Taylor Meskimen conveys the frustration of a fifth grader living with sensory processing disorder. Eleven-year-old Willa likes to maintain a sense of control over her environment without letting anyone outside her family know about her sensory issues. So when she finds out that her divorced father is engaged to her best friend Ruby's... Read More

ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN

ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN

by Jeri Watts | Read by Megan Tusing

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Megan Tusing's openhearted tone makes 12-year-old Ellen's struggle with her mother's bipolar disorder suitable for middle-grade listeners. When Ellen's father volunteers to fight in WWII, her mother is plunged into a deep depression at his absence, prompting Ellen to appeal to her estranged aunt for help. Early on, a stiffness in Tusing's voice reflects Ellen's... Read More

PUSS IN BOOTS

PUSS IN BOOTS A Musical

by Neil Fishman, Harvey Edelman, Khristine Hvam | Read by Jim Dale and a Full Cast

Harper Audio | Audio Program
Children

Jim Dale and a full cast reimagine a classic story, giving it musical numbers, inventive storytelling, and lively characterizations. The authors return to spin another fractured folktale into a fun, creative romp for families. A farmer's son must seek his fortune with only a talking cat and a single farthing. Spirited performances add zest to the script and songs, featuring the... Read More

REACHING FOR THE MOON

REACHING FOR THE MOON

by Katherine Johnson | Read by Heather Alicia Simms

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Heather Simms gives a captivating performance of Katherine Johnson's inspiring life story. At age 4, Katherine was helping her older brother with his schoolwork, and by age 18, she had graduated from college with degrees in mathematics and French. In describing her parents' struggles and sacrifices to educate all their children, Johnson describes the impact that... Read More

REFUGEE 87

REFUGEE 87

by Ele Fountain | Read by Damian Lynch

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Damian Lynch provides a credible accent for Shif, a 14-year-old boy from a war-torn country, presumably Africa or the Middle East. Lynch sweeps listeners into this story of a young teen who is kidnapped from a happy home by soldiers. The grim, desperate tone Lynch uses as he describes Shif's determination to escape his imprisonment alternates with with lighter moments... Read More

THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

by Carmen Agra Deedy, Eugene Yelchin | Read by Carmen Agra Deedy

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Author and narrator Carmen Agra Deedy's vivaciousness is contagious. As she shares the tale of the rooster who speaks his mind, listeners know she is smiling the whole time. The village of La Paz is full of song, but when it gets too loud for thinking, the newly elected mayor calls for peace and quiet. All is well until a "saucy gallito" arrives in town and challenges the... Read More

SAMMY KEYES AND THE KISS GOODBYE

SAMMY KEYES AND THE KISS GOODBYE Sammy Keyes, Book 18

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

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Tara Sands and Wendelin Van Draanen share the narration of the eighteenth and final mystery featuring Sammy Keyes. As the audiobook begins, super-sleuth Sammy lies in a coma after having been pushed from a balcony by a mystery assailant. In a heartwarming tribute, Sammy's family and friends come together to find out who did this and why. With Van Draanen delivering the... Read More

SCOUTS

SCOUTS

by Shannon Greenland | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kathleen McInerney's bright, youthful tones are well matched to Greenland's exuberant group of middle school best friends--the Scouts. Annie and her best friends, Fynn, Beans, and Rocky, are heading out on their annual summer camping trip, but this year something feels different. As new kids join the excursion and a meteor shower takes an unusual turn, listeners follow... Read More

SECRET SOLDIERS

SECRET SOLDIERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Keely Hutton | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

In this historical middle-grade audiobook, four disparate teens join a secret WWI mission, tunneling beneath no-man's-land toward the German front line. Narrator Raphael Corkhill is superb. He gives each boy a voice matching his nickname and personality. Shillings, named for his quick-fingered ability to steal one, speaks like the wily London urchin he is. Dover's lilting voice... Read More

A SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM

A SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM

by K.G. Campbell | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Todd Haberkorn paints a memorable picture of the quirky DuPont family, who live on a Louisiana estate that time seems to have forgotten. August, who is homeschooled by his high-strung Aunt Hydrangea, longs for friends. Just as he starts to make some, he unintentionally reanimates a friendly zombie who then won't leave him alone. Hilarious situations ensue as August... Read More

SPEND IT!

SPEND IT! Moneybunnies Series, Book 2

by Cinders McLeod | Read by Johnny Heller

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Johnny Heller's youthful voice is a good match for young Sonny Rabbit, the featured character in a story that teaches kids how to handle money. When Sonny is faced with the decision of choosing how to spend his allowance of three carrots, not every one of his wants can be fulfilled. Heller matter-of-factly narrates the story's short sentences at a fast clip. As Sonny,... Read More

SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH

SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH

Earphones Award Winner

by Frank Cottrell Boyce | Read by Peter Capaldi

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Peter Capaldi's Scottish accent is so strong that American listeners may have trouble understanding him at first, but those who stick with it are in for a supersonic treat. Prez Mellows has been removed from the care of his senile grandad and is living in a temporary foster home when a space-traveling alien--in the form of a dog named Sputnik--shows up at his door.... Read More

STRANGE BIRDS

STRANGE BIRDS A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

by Celia C. Pérez | Read by Rebecca Soler

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Rebecca Soler's narration is engaging and expressive in this audiobook about four girls who form an unlikely team. After finding a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, Ofelia, Aster, and Cat meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti. They don't become instant friends but eventually bond over a shared mission to get their local Scouts to replace an outdated tradition.... Read More

TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY

TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Mbalia | Read by Amir Abdullah

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amir Abdullah's rich baritone brings a thrilling mythological world to life. Tristan Strong's best friend, Eddie, died a few weeks ago, and Tristan has just lost his first boxing match. He's sent to his grandparents' Alabama farm to work off his grief, and there a tiny sap-covered character out of Anansi tales, called Gum Baby, steals his last connection to Eddie, a... Read More

THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS

THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gail Shepherd | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sandy Rustin portrays the innocence of 11-year-old Lyndie B. Hawkins and her puzzlement over the adults in her life. Rustin vividly depicts Lyndie's memories of the idyllic life she once had with her father, a Vietnam vet, and her mother, a pacifist. Then the family moves in with her domineering grandmother, who is strongly portrayed by Rustin. Rustin emphasizes the... Read More

UNSUNG HERO OF BIRDSONG, USA

UNSUNG HERO OF BIRDSONG, USA

by Brenda Woods | Read by John Kroft

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Though his delivery is low-key, narrator John Kroft effectively voices the enthusiasm of a boy who is thrilled with his brand-new Schwinn bicycle. At the end of WWII, in a South Carolina town, 12-year-old Gabriel Haberlin pedals through a red light and is pushed from the path of an oncoming car by Meriwether Hunter, an African-American veteran. After the near accident, Kroft... Read More

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER Unusual Chickens, Book 1

by Kelly Jones | Read by Kyla Garcia

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

An ad from Redwood Poultry Farms offers "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer." Immediately, narrator Kyla Garcia establishes the audiobook's unusual structure and the personality of 12-year-old Sophie Brown, who has just moved to farm country from Los Angeles. In addition to narrative, the story is told through letters ("Dear People Who Send Catalogs to People... Read More

The WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK

The WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK

by Jon Agee | Read by Everest de Montebello, Marc Thompson

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Everest de Montebello and Marc Thompson provide a young knight with a youthful voice and a large ogre with a deep and gravelly voice in this examination of children's perception. At the beginning of the audiobook, the characters confidently inhabit their own sides of a brick wall. As the story unfolds, things are not exactly what the knight thinks they should be.... Read More

WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA

WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA

Earphones Award Winner

by Traci Sorell | Read by Lauren Hummingbird, Agalisiga (Choogie) Mackey, Ryan Mackey, Traci Sorell, Tonia Weavel

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

The sounds of crickets, a crackling campfire, and music greet listeners as five narrators share the meaning of the term "otsaliheliga," a Cherokee word meaning "We are grateful." Each narrator lends a unique voice to the story, complementing the diverse contemporary Cherokee families who are depicted celebrating every season. Cherokee pronunciations are beautifully delivered to... Read More

WHITE BIRD

WHITE BIRD A Wonder Story

by R.J. Palacio | Read by Hillary Huber, Michael Crouch, Emily Ellet and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

An ensemble cast speaking French and English brings this graphic novel to life on audio. Fans of WONDER will recognize Julian as his grandmère Sara tells the story of his namesake, a boy from her childhood in France. In 1940, when Nazi soldiers arrive at her school to take the Jewish children, Sara hides and is rescued by a bullied, crippled classmate named Julien. Music and... Read More

THE WORLD ENDS IN APRIL

THE WORLD ENDS IN APRIL

by Stacy McAnulty | Read by Jessica Almasy

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jessica Almasy expresses the annoyance and frustration of middle schooler Elle, whose Grandpa Joe runs drills all too often to prepare for the end of the world. Then Elle discovers a credible scientist who predicts an asteroid will hit earth in a few months. Almasy emphasizes the tension in the story's timeline, increasing the intensity with Elle's growing fears.... Read More

WRITERS AND THEIR PETS

WRITERS AND THEIR PETS True Stories of Famous Authors and Their Animal Friends

by Kathleen Krull | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Children

Lauren Ezzo enthusiastically narrates Krull's biographical sketches of famous authors. The short pieces are related thematically by commentary on the writers' relationships to their pets, after a longer discussion of their lives and works. Given the variety of authors discussed--Beatrix Potter, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and more--the title will have wide appeal,... Read More

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