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  1. 4.5 hrs • 9/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Her family’s lighthouse home is an island of enchantment for 13-year-old Eliza Wells. Surrounded by whales, seals, and pelicans, she avoids the problems that beset the mainland: like the increasingly heated conflict between the local town’s white and Chinese citizens. This compelling historical novel by the award-winning author of Shadow Spinner is based on actual 19th-century events. Narrator Christina Moore voices all the confusion, compassion, and strength of a heroine willing to risk what she loves most in order to do what she knows is right.

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    Walk Across the Sea

    4.5 hrs • 9/28/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.4 hrs • 9/27/2016 • Unabridged

    The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons.   1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. As the narrator collects their tales, the story of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. They’re taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. And as their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.Read by Vikas Adams, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Bruce Mann, Ann Marie, John H. Mayer, and Arthur MoreyFrom the Compact Disc edition.

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    The Inquisitor's Tale

    Music performed by Benjamin Bagby
    Read by Adam Gidwitz and a full cast
    10.4 hrs • 9/27/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.4 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Presented by James Patterson’s new YA imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion … Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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    Stalking Jack the Ripper

    Foreword by James Patterson
    9.4 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.6 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.   Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.Praise: “As a storyteller, Holm is superb.”— School Library Journal “Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy.”— Booklist “Anyone interested in learning to write crowd-pleasing historical fiction for elementary school readers would be wise to study Holm’s work.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review “Sweet, funny and superb.”— Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    Full of Beans

    3.6 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.6 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    A new work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author of Code Talker Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse—practicing witchcraft. What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language. The story of one of the most important figures in Native American history is brought to life for middle grade readers.

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    Talking Leaves

    4.6 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 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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  7. 0.8 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Christopher Columbus had a dream—to reach the fabled lands of the East, rich with spices, jewels, silver, and especially gold. Having studied the travels of other explorers, Columbus was convinced he could reach his destination by traveling west across the seas. After convincing Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to fund his expedition, he set sail in August of 1492. In this account, the voyage Columbus undertook is told in his own voice through his journal entries of that year. He tells of excitement, drama, and terror on the high seas, as well as the doubts he faces from his own crew, as together, they weather the path to victory.

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    I Columbus

    0.8 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.2 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    This collection contains the following Magic Tree House stories:Carnival at CandlelightMerlin has asked Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy, in the 1700s. With the help of some new friends, a research book, and a mysterious rhyme from Merlin, the heroes will save the beautiful city from a flood! Season of the SandstormsJack and Annie go back 1,200 years to the Golden Age of Baghdad. Their journey begins in the desert in the season of sandstorms. Their mission is a mystery until bandits attack a camel caravan and Jack and Annie are given a strange box to protect…Night of the New MagiciansJack and Annie head to Paris, France, for the 1889 World’s Fair. Their mission: find four “new magicians” and protect them from an evil sorcerer! Blizzard of the Blue MoonJack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. This time, Merlin has sent them to rescue a beautiful magical creature–the unicorn. But when they land in New York City during the Depression of the 1930s, Jack and Annie are confused. Where will they find a unicorn in a big city? And what about the blizzard that’s burying New York in snow? Dragon of the Red DawnMerlin the magician will not eat or sleep or speak to anyone in Camelot. What can be done? The enchantress Morgan knows who to ask for help: young Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania! Monday with a Mad GeniusThey know they have to search for one of the four secrets of happiness to help Merlin the magician find joy in his life again. And so they head off in the magic tree house for Florence, Italy, in the early 1500s to spend the day with one of the greatest artists and inventors of all time–Leonardo da Vinci!Dark Day in the Deep SeaJack and Annie have to find one of the four secrets of happiness to help save Merlin the magician. But when the magic tree house whisks them off to a misty island in the middle of nowhere, they wonder how they will find anything. As the fog lifts, they see a huge three-masted ship–could it be a pirate ship?Eve of the Emperor PenguinJack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness–secrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven’t visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure . . . Jack and Annie are about to find out!

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  9. 2.2 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    In this fourth mystery about 12-year-old Maisie, the young detective must solve a crime for her friend Professor Tobin. The professor travelled all over the world collecting strange and wonderful objects, and the British Museum is opening a special room to house his collection. But before the professor’s donation, a thief steals a valuable Amazonian tribal mask! With just a single feather left behind, Maisie doesn’t have much to go on, but the stakes in her newest case are higher than ever.

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  10. 3.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Fourteen-year-old Samantha Byrd is an excellent shot—she’s even better than her brother at providing food for her family. Although the winds of war are blowing in Virginia, she knows that she could only ever use her skill for hunting—not for hurting another person. When the Revolutionary War finally begins, her brother is captured, and Samantha sets off to rescue him. But when she comes face to face with the enemy, will she still stand by her principles, or will she pull the trigger?

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    An Eye for an Eye

    3.7 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.2 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The terrifying details of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake jump off the page! Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco — not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he’s free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible. But early one spring morning, everything changes. Leo’s world is shaken — literally — and he finds himself stranded in the middle of San Francisco as it crumbles and burns to the ground. Does Leo have what it takes to survive this devastating disaster? The I Survived series continues with another thrilling story of a boy caught in one of history’s most terrifying disasters!

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  12. 1.4 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive… In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I Survived series, a young Jewish boy joins the resistance “partisan” fighters outside the Warsaw ghetto. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis—and fight back?

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  13. 1.1 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. A powerful addition to the gripping I Survived series. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad’s best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas’s parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It’s a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle’s firehouse, everything changes—and nothing will ever be the same again.

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  14. 1.4 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Does Henry have what it takes to survive the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil? The Civil War comes to life for I Survived readers! The I Survived series is a runaway success with even the most reluctant readers. With its nonstop action and kids’-eye view of history’s most terrifying events, the books draw readers in and don’t let them go until the last page! In 1863, the Civil War is raging throughout the country. Eleven-year-old Henry has been on the sidelines so far—but the events of a hot July week in Pennsylvania are about to change his life forever. Does he have what it takes to survive the Battle of Gettysburg?

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  15. 3.7 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Since their mother died and their father left, the four Cooper children—Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will—have not known much of a home. But now that they’re joining the Rushes in Nebraska, their dream for a home may become a reality. The kids soon discover that life on the farm with their new family is full of challenges. Ethan is faced with saving a man from a snake bite. Alice learns to slop the hogs. And Simon disappears—again. Then comes another threat to their home—the move to South Dakota. But through it all, Ethan knows they’ll be all right if they ask the Lord for strength, then trust him to answer their prayers.

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  16. 3.5 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Life on the Rush farm in South Dakota is not easy. Even so, over the past four years, Ethan Cooper and his siblings have grown to feel they belong with their adoptive family. Then Chad Rush makes an unexpected announcement. The family is moving again—this time to Mexico! Ethan is scared. What dangers will they face in another country? What will it be like to live on an oil homestead instead of a farm? And what about his dreams of getting an education? He can’t leave his siblings after he’s promised they would stay together—can he? Based on a true story, this conclusion to the Beyond the Orphan Train series reminds us that the same God who is with us from the start never lets us go.

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