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Librarian's Picks: Audiobooks

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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.
Dead End in Norvelt [Electronic Resource] by Jack Gantos
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
Echo by  Pam Muñoz Ryan
Read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler. Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. Title from disc label.
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.
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.
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 Još 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 Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance. Read by Cherise Boothe.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school.
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
In the chaotic turmoil that follows the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci finds herself driving her mother's car to Florida, where all of the humans are being relocated, with her cat and a renegade extraterrestrial named J. Lo as her copilots.
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.
Updated 10/25/2019