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Great Listening

Whether you need something to pass the time during a long car trip or an audio book to listen to help you as you read the book, here are some great ones!

Juvenile

Barrie, J.M  Peter Pan

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Curtis, Christopher Paul  Bud, not Buddy

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Pennypacker, Sarah  Clementine

While storing through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

White, E.B.  Charlotte’s Web

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Tween

Curtis, Christopher Paul  Elijah of Buxton

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Hiaasen, Carl  Flush

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

Hiaasen, Carl  Scat

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Horvath, Polly  My One Hundred Adventures

An ambitious 12-year-old named Jane has spent numerous summers with family and friends but now is ready for more adventurous times. The summer brings her an abundance of memorable encounters and journeys that fill Jane's heart with enormous joy. In the end, however, she learns that life is one big soul searching adventure.

Landy, Derek  Skulduggery Pleasant

When twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgely inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with ace detective Skulduggery Pleasant, a walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Series)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Schmidt, Gary  The Wednesday Wars

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

St. John, Lauren  The White Giraffe

After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.

Young Adult

Gaiman, Neil  The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Lee, Harper  To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.

Meyer, L.A.  Bloody Jack

Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

Murdock, Catherine  Dairy Queen

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Pullman, Phillip  The Golden Compass

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Richards, Justin  The Death Collector

Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

Stround, Jonathan  The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy)

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Zevin, Gabrielle  Elsewhere

After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."

Adult

Stevenson, Robert  Treasure Island

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.

Tolkien, J.R.R.  The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy)

The first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One ring. All the members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves and wizards, are plunged into a clash between good and evil.

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