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Librarian's Picks: Audiobooks

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Beyond the Bright Sea [Sound Recording] by Lauren Wolk
Read by Jorjeana Marie, with a historical note read by the author. Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
Blended [Sound Recording] by  Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
Eleven-year-old Isabella's blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper. Read by the author.
Louisiana's Way Home [Electronic Resource] by Kate DiCamillo
Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, twelve-year-old Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and her eccentric grandmother) and find a way home. Companion to: Raymie Nightingale.
Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow [Sound Recording] by  Jessica Townsend
A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.Read by Gemma Whelan.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. One day, the unimaginable happens, Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be, with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. Read by Michael Curran-Dorsano.
Rosetown [Digital Sound Recording] by Cynthia Rylant
From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comes the charming story of nine year old Flora Smallwood and the eventful year she spends in the quiet community of Rosetown, Indiana. Read by Lisa Flanagan.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe [Sound Recording] by  Carlos Alberto Pablo Hernandez
In order to heal after his mother's death, Sal learned how to meditate. But no one expected him to be able to take it further and 'relax' things into existence. Turns out he can reach into time and space to retrieve things from other universes. Read by Anthony Rey Perez.
Saving Marty [Sound Recording] by Paul Griffin
Renzo is a quiet kid, content to let his charismatic friend Paloma do all the talking while he dreams of playing the guitar and surfing out in California, becoming a veterinarian, and maybe tracking down the father he's never known. He lives on a farm with his mom, grandfather, and an extraordinary pig named Marty. Renzo and Marty's friendship is one-of-a-kind, but the bigger Marty gets, the harder it is for Renzo to justify his unusual pet to his penny-pinching mom. So when she threatens to sell Marty, or worse, Renzo decides it's up to him and Paloma to save Marty once and for all. Read by the author.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora [Sound Recording] by  Pablo Cartaya
When his family's restaurant and Cuban American neighborhood in Miami are threatened by a greedy land developer, thirteen-year-old Arturo, joined by Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast, fight back, discovering the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of JoŇ° Mar?t.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by  Kelly Regan Barnhill
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Narrated by Christina Moore.
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle. As the frightening impact of World War II creeps closer and closer to her door, eleven-year-old Ada learns to manage life on the home front-- Provided by publisher. Title from disc label.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky [Digital Sound Recording] by  Kwame Mbalia
Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. On his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's journal. Tristan chases it -- is that a doll? -- through the forest, and a tug-of-war ensues by his grandmother's mysterious and off-limits Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping a hole in the sky above MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this strange world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American gods John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves? Read by Amir Abdullah.
Updated 10/15/2020