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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Middle-Grade Fiction on Audio
The Best Man. By Richard Peck. Read by Michael Crouch. 2016. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9780735288881). Gr. 4–6.
Weddings bookend Archer Magill’s life from first to sixth grade, as he deals with bullies, finds role models, and learns about himself and others. Crouch’s sensitive portrayal subtly depicts Archer’s growing maturity with realism and wit.
Full of Beans. By Jennifer L. Holm. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2016. 3.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $27 (9780735207561). Gr. 3–6.
Ten-year-old Beans Curry will do just about any job to help his impoverished family, and Heyborne’s memorable performance makes this tale of the Depression both engaging and informative.
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. By Kate Beasley. Read by Tara Sands. 2016. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9781101915806). Gr. 5–8.
Sands gleefully embodies feisty Gertie’s outsize personality in this amusing depiction of a girl determined to be the best fifth-grader in the universe.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon. By Kelly Barnhill. Read by Christina Moore. 2016. 9.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $87.75 (9781501935572). Gr. 5–8.
In her spellbinding reading, Moore re-creates a fairy-tale world where evil thrives—until good witch Xan accidentally “enmagicks” baby Luna. Sit back and enjoy the kaleidoscopic range of fantastic characters and pitch-perfect voices.
Grayling’s Song. By Karen Cushman. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2016. 5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $46.75 (9781501916922). Gr. 5–8.
Kellgren’s splendid narration and lovely singing enhance Cushman’s magical tale of Grayling, a wise woman’s timid daughter, who must embark on a quest into the world beyond her valley to overturn a curse.
The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. By Adam Gidwitz. Read by Adam Gidwitz and others. 2016. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780735287389). Gr. 5–8.
Gidwitz expertly guides listeners in this sweeping adventure featuring three extraordinary children at odds with the king in medieval France. Additional narrators offer authentic voices for all characters.
Raymie Nightingale. By Kate DiCamillo. Read by Jenna Lamia. 2016. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9781101917435). Gr. 4–7.
In this delightful coming-of-age novel, Lamia deftly channels Raymie Clarke, who decides her father will return to the family if she becomes Little Miss Central Florida Tire, 1975.
When the Sea Turned to Silver. By Grace Lin. Read by Kim Mai Guest. 2016. 7.5hr. Hachette, CD, $24 (9781478912538). Gr. 3–5.
Guest’s haunting voice—soft, low, and shimmery—underscores the magical power of this tale, which combines a young girl’s quest and Chinese folktales.
The Wild Robot. By Peter Brown. Read by Kate Atwater. 2016. 4hr. Hachette, CD, $25 (9781478938354). Gr. 3–6.
Robot Roz survives a shipwreck and washes up on a wild island where she learns to survive amid a quirky bunch of animals. Atwater excels in voicing both robot and animals with humor and heart.
Wolf Hollow. By Lauren Wolk. Read by Emily Rankin. 2016. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780451485670). Gr. 5–8.
Rankin skillfully lures listeners back to 1943 and a Pennsylvania farm community in this evocative coming-of-age story, as 12-year-old Annabelle learns about injustice, honesty, and courage.
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