Kings of the Court & Loving Lizards | Middle Grade Audio Coming in May

Anderson, John.  Posted. Harper Audio. ISBN 9780062682468. Read by Patrick Lawler. digital download only.
Gr 3-7When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—although for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one. In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that communication has gotten way out of hand.

Bundy, Tamara. Walking with Miss Millie. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777982. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 7-8—Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together. Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet all kinds of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.

Cartava, Pablo. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775193. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 5-8—For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

Chace, Rebecca. June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538417812. Read by Brittany Pressley. digital download.
Gr 3-7—June Sparrow and her best friend—a miniature pig named Indigo Bunting—have always been just fine on their own. June is a wealthy orphan who’s lived in New York City her whole life. But on June’s twelfth birthday, she suddenly loses her fortune and is forced to move in with an aunt she’s never even met, in the tiny town of Red Bank, South Dakota, a place so small that it doesn’t even have a traffic light. Then one day, June finds a mysterious “penny book” that her mother used to keep. She is instantly intrigued by what her mother called the Big One, the rarest and most valuable of all pennies. Thinking it could be her ticket back to New York and her old life, the only guide June has is a cryptic list her mom left behind.

Christopher, Matt. On the Court with…LeBron James (Matt Christopher Sports lebronBiographies). Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478920960. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7—He was a sensation in his early days playing AAU ball in Akron, Ohio, and continued to amaze through his four years as a high school phenomenon. Now, going into his fifth year as a star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron Jamesis touted as the best player in basketball today. And for good reason: his dunks are monstrous, his no-look passes are things of beauty, his three-pointers seem effortless. But even more importantly, he is that one-of-a-kind superstar whose main goal isn’t to rack up the stats, it’s to make his team better.

Christopher, Matt. On the Court with…Stephen Curry (Matt Christopher Sports Biographies). Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478976080. Reader TBA.
Gr3-7—Discover the amazing achievements of fan favorite two-time MVP Stephen Curry in this biography. Steph Curry is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, record-breaker, and Finals champion who electrifies fans with his incredible on-court feats. He’s also a dedicated husband, father, and philanthropist who inspires people on and off the court. Learn more about this remarkable athlete in this biography, complete with stats and photographs.

Ellis, Ann Dee. You May Already Be a Winner. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775155. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 5-9—Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave Sunny Pines Trailer Park. Olivia has thought of everything…except herself. Who will take care of her when she needs it?  Luckily, somewhere deep down between her small intestine and stomach is a tiny voice reminding her that sometimes people can surprise you—and sometimes your family is right next door.

Garcia, Rita Williams. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. Blackstone. ISBN 9780062682581. Read by Adam Lazarre-White. digital download only.
Gr 3-7—From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel, featuring Clayton who feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen. He can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. Clayton knows that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on a journey that takes him through the New York City, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

Graff, Lisa. The Great Treehouse War. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776275. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 3-7—Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie’s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.

Halpern, Jake. Edgeland. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777944. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 5-8—Thousands of miles south of the island of Bliss, day and night last for 72 hours. Here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again. Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, a nearby island where people bring their dead to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. There they are loaded into boats with treasure and sent over the cliff, and into the Drain. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, and her chance finally comes when furriers from the Polar north arrive with their dead, and treasure for their dead.

Kraatz, Jeramey. Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062682482. Read by Andy Paris. digital download.
Gr 3-7—In the year 2085, Benny Love is used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life, because, soon there might not be an Earth to go back to.

princessLevine, Carson Gail.  The Two Princesses of Bamarre. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062690494. Read by January LaVoy.
Gr 3-7—Brave and adventurous, Princess Meryl dreams of fighting dragons and protecting the kingdom of Bamarre. Shy and fearful, Princess Addie is content to stay within the safety of the castle walls. The one thing that the sisters share is their unwavering love for each other. The tables are turned, however, when the Gray Death leaves Meryl fatally ill. To save her sister, meek Princess Addie must find the courage to set out on a dangerous quest filled with dragons, unknown magic, and death itself. Time is running out, and the sisters’ lives—and the future of the kingdom of Bamarre—hang in the balance.

Levy, Dana Alison. This Would Make a Good Story Someday. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777364. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 4-7—Sara Johnston-Fischer loves her family, of course. But that doesn’t mean she’s thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her two moms, Mimi and Carol; her younger sister, Ladybug; her older sister, Laurel; and Laurel’s poncho-wearing activist boyfriend, Root. And to make matters worse, one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip…and that means allllll, every ridiculous and embarrassing moment of Sara’s life. As they travel from New Orleans to Chicago to the Grand Canyon and beyond, Sara finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows. And she realizes that she just might go home reinvented.

Libenson, Terri.  Invisible Emmie. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062682239. Read by Cassandra Morris. digital download only.
Gr 3-7—This debut graphic novel by Terri Libenson, creator of the internationally syndicated, Reuben Award-winning comic strip The Pajama Diaries, is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.

McGee, Holly. Matylda, Bright and Tender. Blackstone. ISBN 9781524781842. Read by Jenna Lamia. digital download.
Gr 3-7—Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. forcing  Sussy consider what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on.

Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538419106. Reader TBA. digital download.
Gr 6 Up—Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flakey mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now with her sister Hattie pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever.

Quintero, Isabel. Ugly Cat & Pablo. Scholastic. ISBN 9781338194241. Reader TBA. Digital download.
Gr 3-6—Ugly Cat is dying for a paleta, or popsicle, and his friend Pablo is determined to help him get one by scaring a little girl who is enjoying a coconut paleta in the park. Things go horribly wrong when, instead of being scared, the little girl picks Pablo up and declares that he would make a great snack for her pet snake. Oh, and there’s also the small problem that Ugly Cat may have inadvertently swallowed Pablo in all the commotion!

Savage, Melissa. Lemons. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776459. Read by Tara Sands. Gr 3-7—Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California—the Bigfoot Capital of the World—where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met, after her mother passes away. Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin find out more than that and Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.

Weinstein, Jacob Sager. Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776039. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7—Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong, which Hyacinth discovers when her mom is kidnapped. In the chase to get her back, Hyacinth encounters a giant intelligent pig in a bathing suit, a boy with amnesia, an adorable tosher (whatever that is), a sarcastic old lady, and a very sketchy unicorn. Somehow Hyacinth has to figure out who to trust, so she can save her mom and not cause a second Great Fire of London.

Willink, Jocko. Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 978-142729161-. Read by Matthew Brown.
Gr 3-7—Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn’t swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the “King of the Jungle.” When Marc’s Uncle Jake is comes to stay for the whole summer, Marc is excited. Uncle Jake is a for real, super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan. He’s going to turn Marc into a warrior.

 

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