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  1. 6.8 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    In this spine-tingling story from Newbery Medal winner Avi, a boy must solve the mystery of the ghost haunting him. For most of Tony Gilbert’s life, he has thought of his uncle as “Weird Uncle Charlie.” That is, until Uncle Charlie moves in with Tony and his family. Uncle Charlie is still odd, of course—talking about spirits and other supernatural stuff—but he and Tony become fast friends, and Tony ends up having a lot of fun with Uncle Charlie. When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools—it was Uncle Charlie’s dying wish that Tony attend the Penda School, where Uncle Charlie himself went as a kid. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost? Full of twists and turns that get spookier by the chapter, School of the Dead is a fast-paced mystery that Avi’s fans will devour!

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    School of the Dead by Avi

    School of the Dead

    By Avi
    6.8 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    A compelling and inspiring survival story about the immigrant experience. This acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy’s journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father’s advice to “treat people…as though they were angels sent from heaven,” and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University.

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    Of Beetles and Angels

    3.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.5 hrs • 2/20/2016 • Unabridged

    The Lost Boy has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list and has profoundly influenced more than one million readers' lives. Following the tremendous success of Pulitzer Prize nominee A Child Called "It", this book continues the extraordinary tale of author Dave Pelzer's childhood. On the verge of adolescence, Dave is rescued from his terrifyingly abusive, alcoholic mother and made a permanent ward of the court. Then the real journey begins. He is moved from one foster home to another searching for identity and family. A rebellious, defiant boy, Dave seeks attention by shoplifting, and even spends time in juvenile detention when suspected of arson. Finally, after five sets of foster parents, he finds a mother and father who love him. Pelzer--who has received commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton--travels throughout the world inspiring others through speeches and work to prevent child abuse. His courageous story is enhanced by Brian Keeler's thoughtful narration.

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    The Lost Boy

    7.5 hrs • 2/20/16 • Unabridged
  4. 8.5 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Whether wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, Callie Vee and her escapades will have readers laughing and crying in this return to Fentress, Texas. Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the animals—her brother included—away from her mother’s critical eye. Will she succeed?

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    The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

    8.5 hrs • 7/7/15 • Unabridged
  5. 0.2 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    For more than twenty-five years, African American families have celebrated Kwanzaa—a holiday, inspired by their ancestors, that celebrates the harvest season. With a rich, informative text, this book will help young children to begin their own Kwanzaa celebration.

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    Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

    0.2 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
  6. 0.1 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

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    And Tango Makes Three

    0.1 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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    8.5 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    An astounding memoir about a Jewish teenager forced to become a German soldier As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauch helped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Nazis behind false walls in their top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of the country. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazi rule. Then came the day he was shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as part of the German infantry—in spite of his having confessed his own Jewish ancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a young man thrust unwillingly into an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckled determination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid starvation and exposure during the brutal Russian winter, survive more than one Soviet labor camp, and travel hundreds of miles to find his way back home.

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    Unlikely Warrior by Georg Rauch

    Unlikely Warrior

    Translated by Phyllis Rauch
    Read by Robert Fass
    8.5 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.1 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as “Gus,” who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith’s daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story.

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    Gus & Me

    0.1 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
  9. 8.0 hrs • 1/28/2014 • Unabridged

    A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of sixteen. Essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

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    This Star Won’t Go Out

    8.0 hrs • 1/28/14 • Unabridged
  10. 5.5 hrs • 10/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Sylvie isn’t your average girl. When she dresses up she looks eighteen, and she’s spent the last three years in foster care plotting her escape to Hollywood. But as Sylvie quickly learns on the road, zigzagging across the Midwest in a stranger’s two-tone blue Pontiac, life isn’t like the movies. Left broke and stranded in the middle of the country, she has no choice but to accept the help of Walter Murchison, a Bible salesman who is just a little too good at selling to be trusted. Set in the 1950s against a backdrop of James Dean billboards and jukeboxes blasting Elvis, Ellen Conford’s classic 1982 road novel takes place over the course of five days as we follow the comic misadventures of fifteen-year-old Sylvie on her way from New York to California, dreams of celluloid stardom gleaming in her head.

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    To All My Fans, with Love, from Sylvie

    5.5 hrs • 10/15/13 • Unabridged
  11. 6.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    With her inspired works, acclaimed author Grace Lin has earned a Geisel Honor and a Newbery Honor. In Dumpling Days, Pacy’s family travels to Taiwan for a month. This is Pacy’s first trip to Taiwan, so she’s extremely excited. But soon she realizes that everything about this trip is difficult: speaking the language, following her art teacher’s directions, and even making friends. Fortunately, it’s not long before Pacy sees that the trip isn’t all bad—and that the family bonding that occurs makes everything else worthwhile.

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    Dumpling Days

    Read by Angela Lin
    6.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
  12. 4.9 hrs • 12/13/2005 • Unabridged

    Do You Know: A good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives? That you can step inside a roaring coal furnace and feel cool? That Jesus had an older brother? How shutting your mouth can help you avoid brain surgery? How to avoid cow-pies during your baptism? How to survive in the winter wilderness with only a fishing pole and a sausage? Chris Crutcher knows the answers to these things and more. And once you have read about Chris Crutcher’s life as a dateless, broken-toothed, scabbed-over, God-fearing dweeb, and once you have contemplated his ascension to the buckskin-upholstered throne of the King of the Mild Frontier, you will close this book, close your eyes, and hold it to your chest, and say, “I, too, can be an author.” Hell, anyone can.

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    King of the Mild Frontier

    4.9 hrs • 12/13/05 • Unabridged
  13. 2.3 hrs • 11/19/2003 • Abridged

    You get only one life … make it one you’ll never regret!  Every young person, including you, lives with pressures that really are like ticking time bombs. But you don’t have to be a victim if you know how to defuse the most explosive pressures young people face. Ten Time Bombs is your personal “bomb squad” manual, showing you some very practical ways to avoid life-wrecking explosions. Through humor and practical straight talk, Ron Hutchcraft provides answers to some of the most important and confusing pressures in a young person’s life: sex, friends, family, relationships, things that make you angry, things that make you depressed, and things that make you hurt. How you handle your feelings and choices in these areas will decide the kind of life you have now and for many, many years to come. So don’t just sit there. Get a life! And make it the best one possible.  Adults, Ten Time Bombs is for you too! Looking for some practical insights into the top pressures of today’s young people? Ron Hutchcraft’s straight talk will equip you with knowledge and understand so you can provide help to a young person you know!

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    Ten Time Bombs

    2.3 hrs • 11/19/03 • Abridged
  14. 3.0 hrs • 7/5/2000 • Abridged

    Karen Cushman's Newbery Honor-winning book tells the story of a medieval girl who works to avoid the marriage her father has arranged for her during her 14th year. Contained in this program is Catherine's diary -- Catherine, called Little Bird or Birdy, daughter of Rollo and the lady Aislinn, sister to Thomas, Edward, and the abominable Robert. Begun this 12th day of September in the year of Our Lord 1290...I am commanded to write an account of my days. I am bit by fleas and plagued by family...Tangled my spinning again. Corpus bones, what a torture...Spent two hours embroidering a cloth for the church and three hours picking out the stitches after my mother saw it...Picked off twenty-nine fleas today. Catherine's mother wants to teach her the skills of the lady of the manor and to prepare her to be a gentle and patient wife. Her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably. Catherine fancies herself a painter, a Crusader, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer...Of all the possibilities, she has ruled out only one: being sold like cheese to the highest bidder. Against a vivid backdrop of everyday life on a medieval English manor, Catherine's earthy, spirited account of her fourteenth year is a richly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine.

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    Catherine, Called Birdy

    3.0 hrs • 7/5/00 • Abridged
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