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AMBER AND CLAY

AMBER AND CLAY

by Laura Amy Schlitz | Read by Rachel Botchan, Tom Picasso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

In this creative pastiche of mystery, history, mythology, philosophy, and magic, listeners follow the entwined fates of two children in ancient Greece. The "amber" is Melisto, an impetuous, aristocratic Athenian girl. Rachel Botchan narrates her story using crisp enunciation and slightly strident tones that accentuate Melisto's tempestuous character. The "clay" is Rhaskos, an... Read More

AMINA'S SONG

AMINA'S SONG Amina's Voice, Book 2

by Hena Khan | Read by Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani returns to voice seventh grader Amina, whom listeners met in AMINA'S VOICE. Nankani's sweet voice perfectly matches Amina, who spends a thrilling summer vacation visiting family in Pakistan and is bursting to share details with her friends at home. She's disappointed to discover they aren't that interested. And when she makes a class presentation on... Read More

ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE

ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE

by Sofiya Pasternack | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Laura Knight Keating returns to narrate this sequel to ANYA AND THE DRAGON. Set in tenth-century Eastern Europe and rooted in Jewish and Russian folklore, the story follows 13-year-old Anya Miroslavovna's next adventure with her friend, Ivan Ivanov, and Håkon the dragon. As they search the kingdom of Kievan Rus' for Anya's father, they find the Nightingale, a powerful and... Read More

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD

by Roshani Chokshi | Read by Soneela Nankani

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani once again shows her versatility as she narrates the fourth Aru Shah adventure. When Aru wakes to find herself locked in the lair of her father, aka the Sleeper, she finds herself staring into the eyes of Kara, her previously unknown half-sister. Nankani provides notes of tension as Aru attempts to defeat her father's powerful army. She secures aid from... Read More

THE BIG HOUSE AND THE LITTLE HOUSE

THE BIG HOUSE AND THE LITTLE HOUSE

by Yoshi Ueno | Read by Andrew Eiden

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

With inviting warmth, narrator Andrew Eiden creates a cozy atmosphere for this sweet audiobook about loneliness and friendship. Little Mouse and Big Bear live alone on the same road, and they each long for a friend. They have never met until one day they bump into each other and begin a friendship. When a scary storm threatens their next meeting, Big Bear comes up with a clever... Read More

BLACKBIRD FLY

BLACKBIRD FLY

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Ferdelle Capistrano

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ferdelle Capistrano introduces 12-year-old Analyn "Apple" Yengko and her mother, who have moved from the Philippines to Louisiana. Listeners will hear their conversations and join Apple and her classmates at school. Apple is a huge Beatles fan who treasures a music tape that has her late father's name printed on it. Capistrano vividly portrays those who bully Apple for... Read More

THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS

THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS A Tale with Music

by Ina Allen | Read by John Pruessner

Ina Allen | Unabridged
Children

Ina Allen's clever audio adaptation of Grimm's well-known folktale about embracing uniqueness is a joy to listen to. John Pruessner is an engaging storyteller who identifies each of the characters--a spritely old man, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster--with quirky, easily recognizable voices. After each animal's introduction, he delivers a lilting refrain of encouragement... Read More

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE

by Christina Li | Read by Mimi Chang, Josh Hurley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Mimi Chang and Josh Hurley bring youthful energy to an unlikely friendship in this audiobook set in the 1980s. Ro, who is half-Chinese, is a new student and a total science nerd. Benji is artistic, obsessed with comic books, and doodles all day. Still, Benji promises to help Ro finish her rocket, and Ro offers to help Benji find his long-lost famous father. The... Read More

DANGEROUS GIFT

DANGEROUS GIFT Wings of Fire, Book 14

by Tui T. Sutherland | Read by Shannon McManus

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Shannon McManus returns for the long-awaited 14th installment in the Wings of Fire series. Hundreds of Pantalan dragons narrowly escape Queen Wasp's mind control by braving the long flight across the ocean to the IceWing Kingdom. There Queen Snowfall wants nothing to do with the strangers and is intent on keeping her kingdom safe from other tribes at all costs. McManus... Read More

DAWN RAID

DAWN RAID

by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith | Read by Tameka Sowman Vahatau

Dreamscape Media | Unabridged
Children

The native New Zealand accent of narrator Tameka Sowman Vahatau brings the setting to life in this audiobook about a biracial--white and Samoan--girl. Through 12-year-old Sofia's first-person diary entries, listeners hear about the political unrest in 1970s New Zealand. When Sofia's brother joins the Polynesian Panthers, a group protesting government injustices against native... Read More

THE DEEPEST BREATH

THE DEEPEST BREATH

by Meg Grehan | Read by Heather O'Neill

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

This brief yet moving audiobook written in verse features Stevie, an 11-year-old Irish girl who keeps her anxiety at bay by trying to learn absolutely everything. The one thing she most wants to know, however, she can't learn from her caring mom and doesn't know how to find in a book: Why does she get such a fizzy feeling around her friend Chloe? Narrator Heather O'Neill's... Read More

DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE

DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE

by Alyssa Moon | Read by Cassandra Morris

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris delivers an enchanting performance of an orphaned mouse's journey to uncover her past, set within the world of Disney's CINDERELLA. Delphine's exceptional skill as a dressmaker earns her the privilege of designing the mouse-princess's dress for the ball. Legends of past "tailor mice" point to a silver sewing needle with magical properties that could... Read More

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK: YOUNG READERS EDITION

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK: YOUNG READERS EDITION

by Anton Treuer | Read by Anton Treuer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Ojibwe professor and author Anton Treuer narrates this new edition, revised and updated for a young adult audience. Structured as a collection of questions and answers, this audiobook sheds light on the long history of genocide that colonizers have perpetuated against Native peoples and explains their effects on the lives of Indians in the U.S. and Canada today. Treuer does not... Read More

FINDING JUNIE KIM

FINDING JUNIE KIM

by Ellen Oh | Read by Greta Jung

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Greta Jung fills her voice with the intense anger and anguish of Junie Kim. Junie feels like she's drowning in the racist environment of her suburban Maryland middle school. As if the bully on her bus weren't enough, the school is repeatedly vandalized with slurs that anger and frighten her diverse group of friends, especially when their concerns are met with shouts of... Read More

GOLDEN GATE

GOLDEN GATE City Spies, Book 2

by James Ponti | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Lisa Flanagan returns to narrate Book 2 of the City Spies series. In Book 1, an internationally diverse group of teen prodigies was recruited as secret agents for MI6. This audiobook immediately drops listeners into their next mission. While on board a marine biology program for girls, Brooklyn and Sydney thwart a kidnapping plan before reuniting with the rest of the group in... Read More

GONE TO THE WOODS

GONE TO THE WOODS Surviving a Lost Childhood

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary Paulsen | Read by Dan Bittner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Dan Bittner flawlessly narrates this matchless memoir, which captures writer Gary Paulsen's bittersweet life. (He calls his parents vipers.) Listeners will be shocked when, in 1944, 5-year-old Gary is taken from his mother after she dresses him in a tiny uniform to entertain soldiers in bars. Life improves when rural relatives give him love and attention, and teach him fishing,... Read More

THE GRANDEST BOOKSHOP IN THE WORLD

THE GRANDEST BOOKSHOP IN THE WORLD

by Amelia Mellor | Read by Meg Dunn

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Meg Dunn portrays Pearl and Vally Cole, who live in the spectacular Cole's Book Arcade and get to enjoy all of its wonderful offerings. But when their father makes a deal with the strange Obscurosmith, the Cole family, and the arcade itself, are put in danger. Pearl and Vally must play a game--and win--to save them all. This adventure has puzzles to solve as Pearl and... Read More

A HORSE CALLED SEPTEMBER

A HORSE CALLED SEPTEMBER

by Anne Digby | Read by Sally Orr Ewing

Straw Hat | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sally Orr Ewing deftly introduces 1970s farm life in rural England. Listeners meet young Anna Dewar, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and her best friend, Mary Wilkins, whose father works for Dewar. Ewing captures the class difference, particularly between the men. The girls are united in their love for September, the horse they are preparing for show jumping. After... Read More

THE HOUSE THAT WASN'T THERE

THE HOUSE THAT WASN'T THERE

by Elana K. Arnold | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ramon de Ocampo reveals the inner lives of two "tree children," Alder and Oak. The sixth graders become neighbors to each other and to a mysterious house that is frequented by Mort, an oversized taxidermied opossum that has come back to life. Both children are emotionally awkward and unhappy, and de Ocampo makes their concerns and sensitivities clear in a voice... Read More

THE ICE MONSTER

THE ICE MONSTER

by David Walliams | Read by Jane Horrocks, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Serafinowicz, Nitin Ganatra, James Goode, David Walliams

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

An ensemble cast creates this madcap theatrical adventure, set in Victorian England. Author David Walliams is the main narrator. Melodramatic weeping, threats, and hurrahing are paired with rousing music as Elsie and Dottie, an unlikely but compatible pair of lower-class Londoners, encounter one dangerous event after another with the Royal Navy, a big-game hunter, and a mad... Read More

JO JO MAKOONS: THE USED-TO-BE BEST FRIEND

JO JO MAKOONS: THE USED-TO-BE BEST FRIEND

by Dawn Quigley | Read by Jennifer Bobiwash

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

First Nations theater artist Jennifer Bobiwash captures the enthusiastic voice of Jo Jo Makoons in her lively narration of this hilarious audiobook for young listeners. Seven-year-old Jo Jo is proudly Ojibwe. She's growing up with her mother and grandmother on a fictional reservation and happily shares words in Ojibwe and Michif with listeners. She also knows how to get into... Read More

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE

by Floyd Cooper | Read by Rhett Samuel Price, Tyla Collier

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Dual narrators bring reverence and joy to this audiobook about the June 19 anniversary known as Juneteenth. When portraying Mazie, Tyla Collier's voice is youthful and impatient as she suffers the limits of common childhood restrictions. Then, Rhett Samuel Price's deep, rich voice explains to Mazie how her enslaved ancestors had to wait two years after the Emancipation... Read More

KIDS ON THE MARCH

KIDS ON THE MARCH 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting, and Fighting for Justice

by Michael Long | Read by Zeno Robinson, Sol Madariaga, Janina Edwards

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Children

This rousing audio collection on historical marches led by children and teenagers proves that no one is too young to make change. Narrators Zeno Robinson, Sol Madariaga, and Janina Edwards depict each glimpse of activism in a conversational tone. From children demanding a shorter work week in the March of the Mill Children of 1903 to Chicano students demanding an equal... Read More

THE LAST BEAR

THE LAST BEAR

by Hannah Gold | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stacy Glemboski establishes a voice filled with passion for a wildlife advocate, April, who travels with her father, a scientist, to an Arctic island, where he will work for the next six months. April spends her days exploring the island, and one day she stumbles upon a polar bear in desperate need of help. One of its paws is caught in fishing nets and plastic. April... Read More

MANY POINTS OF ME

MANY POINTS OF ME

by Caroline Gertler | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jesse Vilinsky skillfully brings depth and emotion to this novel about love and loss. Eleven-year-old Georgia is grieving the death of her father, a famous artist. A retrospective of his work, curated by her mother, is proving challenging--sharing her father with the public is hard. Along with trying to make new friends, Georgia is working to solve the mystery of a... Read More

MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY

MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY Maybe Marisol, Book 1

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

This is a charming slice-of-life audiobook told through short chapters and interconnected stories of Marisol's summer. Eight-year-old Marisol loves silent films; her cat, Beans; and her best friend, Jada. But Marisol also gets nervous easily and worries about things like climbing Peppina, the tree in her backyard, and encountering the mean girl at school. Though the text is... Read More

THE MEMORY THIEF

THE MEMORY THIEF Thirteen Witches, Book 1

by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Carlotta Brentan's forceful tones add magnetism to Anderson's immersive adventure. Rosie Oaks's distant mother cannot remember her because her memory has been stolen, so Rosie turns to stories for comfort and strength. Brisk pacing heightens the atmosphere of danger and urgency as Brennan transports listeners through Anderson's rich landscapes. As Rosie avenges her... Read More

MERCI SUAREZ CAN'T DANCE

MERCI SUAREZ CAN'T DANCE Merci Suarez, Book 2

by Meg Medina | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Given its target audience and its perennial themes of changing bodies, preteen lit can be a challenging genre. It can be an even more challenging genre to narrate because tweens can smell a phony from miles away. But Frankie Corzo manages to deliver a believable portrayal of a working-class Latina middle schooler who feels out of place in her predominantly wealthy, white... Read More

MORGANA MAGE IN THE ROBOTIC AGE

MORGANA MAGE IN THE ROBOTIC AGE

by Amy Bond | Read by Roisin O'Neill

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Roisin O'Neill illuminates a futuristic city whose inhabitants use the latest technological advances. In contrast, the witches and warlocks living in the woods nearby prefer sorcery. Listeners meet 11-year-old Morgana Mage, who dislikes magic and goes to a city school to learn about the automation her people oppose. O'Neill masterfully presents Morgana's determination... Read More

NO VACANCY

NO VACANCY

by Tziporah Cohen | Read by Rachel Botchan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rachel Botchan irresistibly portrays 11-year-old Miriam Brockman and her family, who move from Manhattan to upstate New York to run a motel. As Miriam is doing her chores, she meets the Whitleys--including granddaughter Kate--who run a nearby diner. Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate become fast friends who team up to help faltering businesses. As the girls learn about... Read More

AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

by Cliff Burke | Read by Michael Crouch

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Michael Crouch captures each character's quirks in this funny, sometimes heartbreaking, story of an emotionally charged family road trip. Thirteen-year-old Theo is an introvert. Like his older sister, Laura, and his father, a science teacher, he struggles with communicating his emotions, preferring to channel those feelings into his comic book drawings. Two years after... Read More

THE ONE GREAT GNOME

THE ONE GREAT GNOME

by Jeff Dinardo | Read by Elyse Simone Stevens

Red Chair Press | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Elyse Simone Stevens creates a youthful voice for Sarah, who has recently moved from the big city to the countryside with her family so her mother can pursue a new job opportunity. When Sarah finds a gnome in the potting shed at her new home, she is surprised to learn that he is real. She discovers that gnomes are being captured by trolls and lends her help to her... Read More

ONE JAR OF MAGIC

ONE JAR OF MAGIC

by Corey Ann Haydu | Read by Cassandra Morris

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris establishes a youthful voice for Rose, who begins collecting magic now that she has turned 12 years old. Since her father was naturally gifted at the task, it is expected that it will come easy to Rose, too. When she struggles, she starts to question everything, including her father's passion for magic and even magic itself. Morris captures the... Read More

OSNAT AND HER DOVE

OSNAT AND HER DOVE The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi

by Sigal Samuel | Read by Sigal Samuel

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Sigal Samuel's audiobook features the first female rabbi, Osnat Barzani, who was born in 1590 in Mosul, Iraq. Listeners learn some Hebrew words as Osnat persuades her father, Rabbi Samuel Barzani, to allow her to study the Torah. When her dove is shot by a hunter, Osnat takes it into her room, and later it miraculously flies outside. As rumors about Osnat's... Read More

OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR

OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR

by A.E. Ali | Read by Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Almarie Guerra's warm voice welcomes young listeners to a comforting story of friendships and the sharing of family traditions. On Musa's first day of kindergarten, his kind teacher, Ms. Gupta, promises the class that they will all become friends. Sweet-voiced Musa is worried, but Ms. Gupta provides a fun topic to discuss with his new classmates--what is everyone's... Read More

PANDA AT THE DOOR

PANDA AT THE DOOR

by Sarah Horne | Read by Davina Porter

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

A gifted storyteller doesn't need props or pictures. Davina Porter is a narrator who can enchant listeners by her words alone and acquaint them with wonderfully memorable characters. Among those she portrays in this audiobook is a charming panda named Pudding who resides in the Edinburgh Zoo and is obsessed with being a nanny like Mary Poppins. Pudding realizes her dream and... Read More

RECKLESS, GLORIOUS, GIRL

RECKLESS, GLORIOUS, GIRL

by Ellen Hagan | Read by Ellen Hagan

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Children

Ellen Hagan narrates her novel in verse, which focuses on 12-year-old Beatrice the summer before she starts seventh grade. Hagan gives Beatrice a slight Southern accent to reflect the story's Kentucky setting. Despite the wealthy kids at her middle school calling her a hillbilly, Beatrice develops confidence from the support of her good friends and the strength of her loving... Read More

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE

by Rajani LaRocca | Read by Priya Ayyar

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

With her slow pace and serious tone, narrator Priya Ayyar brings reverence to this heartbreaking novel in verse, which takes place in 1983. Caught between Indian family traditions and her social life, the only Indian-American eighth grader at her school, Reha, struggles to find where she belongs. When her mother suddenly gets sick with leukemia, Reha's social concerns are... Read More

RESCUE

RESCUE

by Jennifer A. Nielsen | Read by Karissa Vacker

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Karissa Vacker establishes a youthful and determined voice for 12-year-old Meg, who must escape from Nazi soldiers in German-occupied France. Her objective is to save her father after the British soldier who was tasked with the mission is injured. In order to find her father and make it safely into neutral territory, she must decipher the clues her father left behind.... Read More

THE SEA-RINGED WORLD

THE SEA-RINGED WORLD Sacred Stories of the Americas

by Maria Garcia Esperon, David Bowles[Trans.] | Read by David Bowles

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

With aplomb, translator and narrator David Bowles delivers a wide-ranging collection of traditional tales from Native cultures across the Americas. Speaking in American-accented English, Bowles manages to be expressive and serious without veering into hokeyness; his unobtrusive approach gives primacy to the stories themselves. Packed with gods and humans, creation and... Read More

SHE PERSISTED: HARRIET TUBMAN

SHE PERSISTED: HARRIET TUBMAN

by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Chelsea Clinton | Read by Bahni Turpin, Chelsea Clinton [Letter]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Bahni Turpin's clear and forceful narration highlights the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman in this accessible biography for children. The work doesn't shy away from the realities of slavery but gives a clear understanding of the lives of enslaved people while also illuminating their faith, pride, and love through the lens of Tubman's story. Turpin compassionately captures... Read More

SHE PERSISTED: SALLY RIDE

SHE PERSISTED: SALLY RIDE

by Atia Abawi, Chelsea Clinton [Intro.], Alexandra Boiger [Contrib.] | Read by Carolyn Kang

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Carolyn Kang describes the life and career of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride. This biography details her early life as an aspiring tennis player in California in the 1950s. Though sometimes bored in school, Ride was fascinated by science at a time when girls were not encouraged to become scientists. She went on to get advanced degrees in physics and... Read More

SHOOTING KABUL

SHOOTING KABUL Kabul Chronicles

by N.H. Senzai | Read by Neil Shah

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Neil Shah underwhelms listeners as he delivers this immigrant story based loosely on the author's brother-in-law's experiences while fleeing war-ravaged Afghanistan. It's 2001, and 12-year-old Fadi and his family make a dash for the U.S. to seek refuge. But just as they near neighboring Pakistan, the Taliban appears, and Fadi's younger sister, Mariam, gets left behind.... Read More

SHOW ME A SIGN

SHOW ME A SIGN

by Ann Clare LeZotte | Read by Nora Hunter

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nora Hunter gives voice to Mary Lambert, a nonverbal Deaf girl who lives in a thriving Deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in 1805. Hunter's clear, confident tone reflects Mary's intelligence and self-esteem as she grows up in a culture in which deafness and sign language communication are common and respected. Surrounded by her protective community, Mary doesn't... Read More

SLEEPING BEAUTY

SLEEPING BEAUTY

by Charles Perrault | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Georgia Lee Schultz and a Full Cast

Design Sound Productions | Unabridged
Children

Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat brings her inimitable vocal energy and joy to every project, and this crisp production with original music is no exception. As with all good fairy tales, the fairies get the best lines, and Rosenblat, Noelle Dupuis, and Ellin Wallin have a wonderful time bickering and bantering as the three buzzing, bee-sized fairies who are in charge of... Read More

SOME CREATURES HAVE ALL THE LUCK! ANTONIO VIVALDI

SOME CREATURES HAVE ALL THE LUCK! ANTONIO VIVALDI Little Stories of Great Composers

by Ana Gerhard | Read by Colm Feore

The Secret Mountain | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Colm Feore creates an engaging storytelling experience for young listeners in this musical introduction to composer Antonio Vivaldi. The story begins on a cold winter's night in Venice, Italy, the home of Minim, a little mouse who loves cheese and beautiful music. A dangerous adventure leads Minim to visit an orphanage where he narrowly escapes a threatening cat and... Read More

SPACE ODDITY

SPACE ODDITY

by Christopher Edge | Read by Ciaran Saward

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Ciaran Saward masterfully narrates a quirky tale that uses David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" as a springboard. Listeners feel 10-year-old Jake Jones's embarrassment as his father publicly break-dances and sings, making Jake decide he wants to divorce him. Saward's portrayals of father and son are believable when they go on a camping trip, hoping to improve their relationship.... Read More

SPIRIT OF THE TITANIC

SPIRIT OF THE TITANIC

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicola Pierce | Read by Ruairi Conaghan

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Irish actor Ruairi Conaghan's narration enhances this captivating story of the TITANIC. The clever twist to this well-crafted version is its protagonist, 15-year-old Samuel Scott, who lost his life while working on the vessel's construction. Samuel's ghost moves unseen among his colleagues on Belfast's docks and among the passengers and crew of his beloved ship during her... Read More

STAMPED (FOR KIDS)

STAMPED (FOR KIDS) Racism, Antiracism, and You

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul [Adapt.] | Read by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

How better to communicate this vital history of racism in America to its young audience than to have the audiobook narrated by a peer? Nine-year-old Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson hits it out of the park with her lively and engaging reading. Her voice and delivery are unmistakably that of a kid--and she's an inspired casting choice. Short chapters, ideal for listening to one at a... Read More

STARFISH

STARFISH

by Lisa Fipps | Read by Jenna Lamia

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Jenna Lamia's youthful narration expresses the vulnerability of 11-year-old Ellie, who has been bullied about her weight ever since she can remember. She has armored herself by creating Fat Girl Rules, which include bullying herself before others can. Lamia's pacing reflects the free-verse format of this audiobook, which illuminates the poetic nature of Ellie's personality.... Read More

THE STOLEN PRINCE OF CLOUDBURST

THE STOLEN PRINCE OF CLOUDBURST

Earphones Award Winner

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

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

This audiobook--full of heart, clever humor, and magical imagination--is a complete joy to escape into. Narrator Sarah Ovens exudes charm and vulnerability as 12-year-old Esther, a middle child attending boarding school with her sisters, who she believes are much more accomplished than she is. As portrayed by Ovens, Esther is quirky, quietly brave, and genuine as she contends... Read More

SUGAR AND SPITE

SUGAR AND SPITE

by Gail D. Villanueva | Read by Joy Regullano

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Joy Regullano creates a youthful voice for 12-year-old Jolina, who is being trained by her grandfather to be a traditional healer upon moving from Manila to an island resort in the Philippines. When the resort owner's daughter, Claudine, begins bullying her, Jolina decides to take matters into her own hands and creates a potion to make Claudine be nice to her. Of... Read More

SULWE

SULWE

by Lupita Nyong'o | Read by Lupita Nyong'o

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong'o beautifully presents her fictional story. Young Sulwe is the darkest member of her family. Listeners sympathize as she tries to erase her darkness and prays to God to make her skin fairer. Nyong'o's delivery of Sulwe's sweet, youthful voice and her mother's comforting tone are flawless. After Sulwe has a dream about dark and light... Read More

THAT WAY MADNESS LIES

THAT WAY MADNESS LIES 15 of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined

by Dahlia Adler [Ed.] | Read by Ramon de Ocampo, Ariel Blake, Lily Anderson, Nikki Massoud, Patrice Caldwell, North Homewood, Julia Whelan, Avi Roque, Almarie Guerra, Joy McCullough, Cary Hite, Mark Oshiro, Barrie Kreinik, Caitlin Davies, Landon Woodson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

This unique audio anthology shakes up 15 of Shakespeare's classics with contemporary spins. Familiar characters are recast as queer or people of color, familiar plot lines frequently shift genres, and some stories even play around with different formats, using text messages or oral histories. Each story is voiced by one or several narrators who match the gender expression of... Read More

THESE UNLUCKY STARS

THESE UNLUCKY STARS

by Gillian McDunn | Read by Stina Nielsen

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stina Nielsen's light Southern accent gently draws listeners into a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Annie P. Logan's mother left the family years ago. Ever since then, unasked questions and fading memories have nurtured Annie's belief that her life is unlucky. Feeling ignored and misunderstood by her dad and her brother, Annie escapes into drawing and... Read More

THORNLIGHT

THORNLIGHT

by Claire Legrand | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Billie Fulford-Brown establishes an energetic voice for 12-year-old Thorn, a humble street sweep. Thorn lives in the Vale, a war-torn realm where harvesting lightning is crucial to powering the weapons used to fight its ever-threatening enemy. Thorn's twin sister, Brier, in contrast, is one of the queen's elite lightning harvesters. When Brier is attacked by lightning... Read More

TOMBS OF DROSS

TOMBS OF DROSS The Lorian Stones, Book 1

by Lew Anderson | Read by Lew Anderson

TreeStone Audio | Unabridged
Children

Written and narrated by Lew Anderson, this first audiobook in The Lorian Stones Trilogy is an action-filled fantasy that will keep listeners glued to their speakers. While exploring their family's property, Isaac, Zac, and Breezy stumble across an unusual stone pillar, which opens a portal to a whole new world of adventure. Anderson keeps listeners' attention from the start by... Read More

TRESPASSERS

TRESPASSERS

by Breena Bard | Read by Cassandra Morris, Dan Bittner, Matt Braver, Orlagh Cassidy, Cynthia Farrell, Maxwell Glick, Katie Koster, Tara Sands, Marc Thompson

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Sound effects and a full cast lift this graphic novel off the page to create an immersive audio experience. While vacationing at her family’s lake house, 13-year-old Gabby, a bookworm, decides to write a mystery story about the old, empty house nearby that is at the center of a celebrity disappearance. When her rebellious neighbor, Paige, pushes Gabby to trespass on the... Read More

TWINS

TWINS

Earphones Award Winner

by Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright | Read by Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, Mashari Bain, Malcolm Bowen, Antoinette Comer, André Blake, Armand Xavier Rufen-Blanchette

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

A full cast brings this middle-grade graphic novel to life. Maureen and Francine are Black twin sisters who are forever being mistaken for each other. When they start middle school, outgoing Francine, voiced with confidence by Grace Capeless, decides to run for class president. The story is told from Maureen's point of view, and Ahnya O'Riordan's youthful voice captures her... Read More

UNSETTLED

UNSETTLED

by Reem Faruqi | Read by Ariana Delawari

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ariana Delawari's accent and youthful voice are well suited to this novel in verse featuring Nurah Haqq, a new Pakistani immigrant who is making a difficult transition to life in Peachtree City, Georgia. Nurah and her confident older brother, Owais, find friends on the high school swim team, but the family suffers racism and bullying nonetheless. Listeners hear Nurah's... Read More

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Earphones Award Winner

by Eric Carle | Read by Kevin R. Free, Eric Carle

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This audiobook includes two versions of the late Eric Carle's classic story, both equally delightful in different ways. The first version is brought joyfully to life by narrator Kevin R. Free with vivid sound effects and music. Kids will laugh out loud as the hungry young caterpillar audibly chomps, crunches, and crinkles its way through all kinds of food until it is full. The... Read More

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