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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Youth Historical Fiction on Audio
Anna and the Swallow Man. By Gavriel Savit. Read by Allan Corduner. 2016. 6.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9781101891834). Gr. 8–11.
With skillful vocal inflection, Corduner makes naive Anna and the mysterious Swallow Man spring to life in this novel about war’s effects on innocent bystanders.
Four-Four-Two. By Dean Hughes. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2016. 7hr. Recorded Books, CD, $66.75 (9781501926815). Gr. 7–10.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, two young Japanese Americans enlist in the U.S. Army. Heyborne’s narration chronicles their experiences and honors the highly decorated 442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team.
The Hired Girl. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Read by Rachel Botchan. 2015. 13hr. Recorded Books, CD, $87.75 (9781490632230). Gr. 7–10.
Botchan’s performance as a runaway farm girl is a tour de force, capturing the awkward 14-year-old’s grit and aspirations as she works for a wealthy Jewish family in 1911 Baltimore.
The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. By Adam Gidwitz. Read by the author and others. 2016. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780735287389). Gr. 5–8.
A cast of talented narrators introduces a trio of extraordinary children in medieval France. In a sweeping adventure, the three confront issues of religion, class, and race.
The Pearl Thief. By Elizabeth Wein. Read by Maggie Service. 2017. 8hr. Brilliance/Bolinda, CD, $14.99 (9781489403681). Gr. 9–12.
Service’s Highlands accent places listeners deep into the Scottish setting of this captivating prequel to Wein’s award-winning Code Name Verity that takes place between the two world wars.
Refugee. By Alan Gratz. Read by Michael Goldstrom and others. 2017. 8hr. Scholastic, CD, $34.99 (9781338191073). Gr. 7–10.
Exceptional readers use subtle accents and vocal spins to narrate the intertwining stories of three young refugees from different countries and eras in Gratz’s compelling novel.
Salt to the Sea. By Ruta Sepetys. Read by Jorjeana Marie and others. 2016. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780147525451). Gr. 9–12.
A quartet of talented narrators gives voice to some of the many lives lost in the explosion of the German transport ship Wilhelm Gustloff in WWII, revealing heartbreak and heroism.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses. By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. Read by Jorjeana Marie and others. 2016. 5.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $35 (9780147523730). Gr. 9–12.
Alaskan landscapes provide provocative backdrops to these poignant domestic dramas, as accomplished narrators immerse listeners in the troubled lives of four teenagers in the 1970s.
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts. By Avi. Read by James Langton. 2017. 6.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $66.75 (9781501953262). Gr. 5–7.
Langton reads this action-packed historical novel, set in 1724 England, with a captivating energy that matches the lively plot, as young Oliver sets out to find his missing father.
The War I Finally Won. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Read by Jayne Entwistle. 2017. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $55 (9780525493631). Gr. 4–7.
Entwistle’s exquisite reading of this touching tale offers memorable characters, young and old, and a child’s-eye view of life on the home front in rural England during WWII.
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