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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
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In this deftly woven novel within a novel, the narrators’ complementary voices—Sheth as teenage author Darcy Patel and Lind as Patel’s fictional heroine—highlight parallels between the stories and intensify the novel’s message and impact.
All the Truth That’s in Me. By Julie Berry. Read by Kathleen McInerney. 2013. 8hr. Dreamscape, CD, $59.99 (9781624069178). Gr. 9–12.
Pitch-perfect in her depiction of this gentle, memorable protagonist, McInerney deftly explores the aftermath of Judith’s kidnapping four years earlier—her inner turmoil, the shame associated with her condition, and her profound loneliness when she returns to her colonial village.
Better Nate Than Ever. By Tim Federle. Read by the author. 2013. 6hr. Recorded Books, CD, $51.75 (9781470369385). Gr. 5–8.
Federle shines as author and narrator of this charming and amusing account of the adventures and misadventures of Nate, a 13-year-old musical-theater fanatic, who travels alone to the Big Apple to audition for an upcoming Broadway extravaganza.
The Dream Thieves. By Maggie Stiefvater. Read by Will Patton. 2013. 12.5hr. Scholastic, CD, $79.99 (9780545602754). Gr. 9–12.
Patton portrays the richly complex characters in this popular fantasy series with a nuanced skill, reflecting the essence of each personality, while his spellbinding narration heightens the rich sensory experience of the text.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters. By Lani Taylor. Read by Khristine Hvam. 2014. 18hr. Hachette, CD, $26 (9781478952633). Gr. 8–12.
In this conclusion to Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Hvam’s exceptional narration engages listeners and involves them intimately in this compelling novel of forgiveness, redemption, and everlasting love.
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. By Jon Scieszka. Read by Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs. 2014. 3hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9780553396997). Gr. 3–6.
Aided by illustrator Biggs, who flawlessly voices robots Kink and Klank, the inimitable Scieszka scores as author and narrator of this hilarious blend of “silliness and science,” as he portrays middle-schooler Frank Einstein, inventor.
The Graveyard Book. By Neil Gaiman. Read by Derek Jacobi and others. 2014. 8.5hr. Harper, CD, $27.99 (9780062364463). Gr. 6–10.
This full-cast recording of Gaiman’s multi-award-winning novel brings rich new dimensions to this riveting tale, with each actor eliciting every nuance of character, emotion, and atmosphere. Fans who loved Gaiman’s reading will find this performance equally captivating and satisfying.
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination. By Christopher Myers. Read by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers. 2014. 11min. Live Oak, CD, $29.95 (9781430117469). K–Gr. 3.
Filled with friendly verbal sparring, joking, jiving, and laughing as they pile improbability atop exaggeration atop the utterly impossible, Graham, with assistance from author Myers, creates a recording of a picture book that stands on its own and is as much fun to listen to without the accompanying book as with it.
How to Catch a Bogle. By Catherine Jinks. Read by Mandy Williams. 2014. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780804167802). Gr. 4–6.
Gifted narrator Williams’ skill with accents, pacing, and building suspense mesmerizes listeners in this atmospheric fantasy in which orphan Birdie’s sweet singing voice lures terrifying bogles and more dangerous monsters from their dark lairs in an alternate Victorian England.
Into That Forest. By Louis Nowra. Read by Lisbeth Kennelly. 2013. 6hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97 (9781480544185). Gr. 5–8.
Kennelly’s twangy voice tumbles and breaks, tremulous with years yet becoming electric with wonder as she confides this fantastic tale from her childhood in the wilds of nineteenth-century Tasmania, when she was lost and rescued by tigers.
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. By Dana Alison Levy. Read by Dan Woren. 2014. 5.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $35 (9780804168663). Gr. 4–7.
With his spot-on comedic timing, Woren excels at pacing this humorous story of a nontraditional family. Full of memorable characters, scenes, and dialogue, this warmhearted novel is an amusing, refreshingly realistic story.
Revolution. By Deborah Wiles. Read by Stacey Asward and others. 2014. 12hr. Listening Library, CD, $50 (9780553395266). Gr. 6–9.
The freedom summer of 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, comes alive in this riveting, multivoiced recording, which powerfully depicts two preteens, one white and one black, and the effect of events on their lives. News clips, pamphlets, and period songs and spirituals enhance this complex documentary novel. (Top of the List winner—Youth Audio.)
West of the Moon. By Margi Preus. Read by Jessica Almasy. 2014. 4.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $46.75 (9781490615578). Gr. 6–8.
In warm, melodious tones Almasy deftly narrates this imaginative blend of traditional folktales and the harsh reality of a young girl’s life in nineteenth-century Norway in an original and inspirational story based on the author’s great-great-grandmother’s immigration diary.
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