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  1. 3.8 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Ten-year-old Lizzy Baker loves her life in the Southwest Territory. Her family's farm is doing well, and her mother earns extra money by weaving. But at harvest time Lizzy suffers bouts of sickness. And each year is worse than the last. The doctor and the mid-wife say her terrible coughing is asthma. But they don't know the cause, and their potions and prescriptions aren't much help. Just when Lizzy thinks she can no longer struggle for another breath, the first frost brings relief. Now she can enjoy the new neighbors from Charleston and help mother prepare for the baby. But through it all, Lizzy worries-can she survive the sickness another time? Novelist Kimberly Brubaker Bradley paints a vivid portrait of pioneer life in what is present-day Tennessee. Narrator Kate Forbes provides the perfect voice for the engaging heroine as she learns to embrace life even while she struggles with her fears.

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    The Weaver's Daughter by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    The Weaver's Daughter

    3.8 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.2 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Hailed as "simply beautiful" by Kirkus Reviews, this is the poetic tale of Wabi Sabi, a Japanese cat who doesn't understand her name. As she travels across the country searching for answers, she begins to understand the most wonderful things are often those that seem most ordinary. Author Mark Reibstein's innovative use of haiku makes Wabi Sabi perfect for reading aloud.

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    Wabi Sabi

    0.2 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.5 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Eve is haunted by her dead cats, Willie is not content to turn a blind eye to suffering, and Maria carries on lengthy conversations with a silent caller. Theirs are the odd, but strangely realistic stories you will find in this collection. Avi's stories address real concerns in a way young people can relate to. Always entertaining, they broach difficult topics like divorce, teenage runaways, adolescent cruelty, and homelessness. Here even "bad" kids can make moral choices, and the behavior of adults is often bizarre and small-minded. Recipient of Newbery Honors and numerous other awards, Avi is recognized as one of the most innovative authors for young people today. These stories are just quirky and irreverent enough to appeal to finicky pre- to post-adolescent listeners. Already engaging, they take on new energy when performed by our talented narrators.

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  4. 4.1 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Baby Ruva lives with her giraffe family in a beautiful jungle. One sad day she is kidnapped and taken across the ocean to a horrible zoo. Thanks to four wise and magical friends she has met along the way, the baby giraffe is managing to survive, but time is running out. The zookeepers are going to kill her so they can use her cage for a new shipment of hyenas. Now she and her friends must outwit their evil captors and find their way back to "the warm place", which is their home in Africa. This Newbery Award-winning author of The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, an ALSC Notable Recording, and A Girl Named Disaster has a talent for captivating young readers with nonstop suspense. Combined with Lisette Lecat's sensitive narration, the incredibly horrid bad guys and wonderful heroes keep listeners glued to their seats until the very end.

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    The Warm Place

    4.1 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.6 hrs • 9/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Tony has saved $300, enough to buy a small sailboat. He will use it every day during his three-week stay with his grandmother on the Connecticut shore. Once Tony learns to sail, he starts exploring the waters around a group of tiny islands offshore. One day, he sees two people in diving gear on a motorboat. But instead of greeting him, they wave him away. The next time he sees them, he discovers that they will do anything to hide what they have found. He is chased, and his boat is stolen. Now, lost and alone, with night falling fast, Tony wonders if he will ever get back to his grandmother's--and safety--again. Avi is the author of dozens of books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. In Windcatcher, he crafts a story crackling with excitement and danger. It is sure to capture the attention of even the most reluctant reader, especially with Audie Award-winner George Guidall's narration.

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    Windcatcher

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    2.6 hrs • 9/14/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 18.8 hrs • 9/14/2016 • Unabridged

    This stunning book opens 12 years after the end of The Cup of the World and tells the story of Ambrose, son of Phaedra and last in the king's line, who is living exiled with his mother in the dilapidated manor of Tarceny. Ambrose's life is threatened by the hooded priest of the Undercraft, an ancestral spirit of pure evil who must end Ambrose's life in order to survive himself. And even when Ambrose is hidden within the house of the Widow of Develin, a hallowed place of learning and haven of education, the priest and his minions slowly and subtly infiltrate within, subverting the minds of those most educated and powerful and leaving Ambrose in mortal danger.

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    The Widow and the King

    18.8 hrs • 9/14/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.1 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Vampirates is a colorful extravaganza with a wildly eccentric cast and lashings of swashbuckling adventure, punctuated with horror and old-school romance. Conor and Grace are twins, recently orphaned after their widowed father's death. Rather than being adopted by the town's busy-bodies, they decide to set sail for new pastures in their father's last single possession, his sailing boat. But a vicious storm sees their boat capsize and the twins are separated. Two mysterious ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Conor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship and is soon being trained up with a cutlass. Meanwhile Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates wait for night to fall and their feasting to begin...Determined to find each other, yet intrigued by their new shipmates, the twins are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their life.

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    Vampirates

    7.1 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.6 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Young listeners learn about issues of conservation, endangered animals, and preservation of cultural traditions in this beautifully-written tale of a Massachusetts teenager who travels to an Alaskan village to search for a missing relative-and ends up discovering his own Eskimo heritage.

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    Water Sky

    6.6 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.2 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Author Coleen Murtagh Paratore brings fairytale love stories into modern fashion through the eyes of 12-year-old cherry-cordial eater and classic-literature reader Willafred Haversham. What Willa wishes for most in the world is a father, but so far no luck. When she and her wedding planner mother, Stella, move back home to Cape Cod, Willa's luck begins to change. With help from her best friend Tina and candymaking Nana, Willa decides wishing for a father isn't enough-it's time to take action.

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    The Wedding Planner's Daughter

    4.2 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.3 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

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    Moo

    2.3 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.4 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    This day has been absolutely perfect for 16-year-old Sophie Olivette. She got an A+ on her first speech ever, whipped the history exam, and played awesome field hockey. She can hardly wait to tell Dad. But after school, he has an announcement of his own: he has found a new true love and is divorcing Mother. Suddenly Sophie feels like she is the only grown-up in the house. Dad’s girlfriend is a younger woman—in fact, she is Sophie’s older sister’s roommate at college. And Mother is too busy seeking her “Inner Self” to work on her failing marriage. Sophie’s life becomes an endless soap opera with one heartbreaking episode after another, and she can’t change channels. Award-winning author Caroline B. Cooney captivates young adults with her absorbing novels including The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? Narrator Christina Moore underscores Sophie’s outrage and hope as she struggles to rewrite her family’s story to end “happily ever after.”

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    Tune in Anytime

    4.4 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.0 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    It is late July in 1461 when young Joseph Charnetski and his family arrive in the great city of Krakow, with its glorious church towers and lively marketplace. The Charnetskis have come to Krakow to seek refuge with their relatives. What they find is more danger and adventure than a simple farm boy like Joseph could ever have imagined. First, a menacing stranger tries to take their pumpkin at sword point. Then a beautiful girl and her black-robed uncle befriend Joseph. Soon he and his family are caught up in the plots of alchemists, hypnotists, and a dark messenger of evil. This distinguished contribution to children’s literature carries listeners to a medieval Poland shimmering with folklore and fantasy. Rich in language and detail, it is a classic adventure story that begs to be read aloud. With narrator Ron Keith’s expressive, resonant voice, the effect is as stirring as the haunting hymn the trumpeter plays from the church tower.

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    Trumpeter of Krakow

    Read by Ron Keith
    7.0 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.8 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Once again Douglas Fairchild is starting a new school in Washington, DC. The teachers in the private schools he has attended didn’t understand him-maybe because he is from Pefkakia. Now he will make a fresh start in sixth grade at Thaddeus G. Little, a public middle school. After telling the bus driver how to drive and refusing to do his homework, Doug finds himself in the worst possible situation. He must join the after hours discussion group for misfits, better known as the Twinkie Squad. Everyone has always made fun of the Twinkies, but Doug is about to change all that. Award-winning author Gordon Korman captures a growing audience of readers with his entertaining books about the problems young adults encounter. His hilarious The Twinkie Squad is guaranteed to keep readers laughing out loud as Doug learns to accept his new classmates and most of all, himself. The spirited young man and his colorful classmates burst from the pages with L.J. Ganser’s vivid narration.

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    The Twinkie Squad

    5.8 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.5 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    When a benevolent king and his daughter, Princess Marie, find their peaceful kingdom threatened by an enormous, evil, seven-headed bird, the brave princess offers herself as the bird’s hostage in order to prevent the entire kingdom from being thrust into eternal darkness. As soon as Soliday, a kindhearted, hardworking, and generous youth hears about the princess’s sacrifice, he vows to kill the Bird of Darkness and save Marie. His identical twin brother — the jealous, lazy, and dishonest Salacotta — accompanies Soliday on the dangerous journey, but doesn’t lift a finger in order to rescue the princess or slay the monstrous bird. And the second Salacotta sees his chance to claim that he was the one who freed the princess, he does just that. Will Soliday be able to convince everyone that he is indeed who he says? Will his brother admit his treachery? Will Soliday ever be able to trust his twin again? This timeless and resonant folktale about the forces of good and evil and the redemptive power of brotherly love is the perfect story for the ages.

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    The Twins and the Bird of Darkness

    0.5 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.0 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    The young orphan Crispin and his gentle, red-bearded protector Bear continue their adventures in 14th-century England. Crispin and Bear are finally free to live their lives as they choose. But they soon find that they are being hunted by members of a secret society who believe Bear is a spy. When Bear is severely wounded, Crispin must make some tough decisions, such as deciding who else to trust to help them escape their pursuers. The two make a perilous journey to Brittany-surely the edge of the world! And there they must confront death in order to find true freedom. Avi has written several books of historical fiction for which he has been showered with numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal for Crispin: Cross of Lead. He explores the themes of war, religion, and family in this suspenseful adventure. The superb reading from narrator Ron Keith will enthrall listeners.

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    Crispin, At the Edge of the World

    By Avi
    Read by Ron Keith
    6.0 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.1 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    In the small, 14th-century English village where he has lived his entire life, the boy has grown up with no name of his own, known only as "Asta's son." But when his mother dies, the boy receives both his rightful name, Crispin, and a lead cross, inscribed with a secret that soon has him fleeing for his life. Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure.

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    Crispin

    By Avi
    Read by Ron Keith
    6.1 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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