Girls Who Code in Fact and Fiction | Middle Grade Audiobooks Coming Out in August

Beasley, Cassie. Tumble & Blue. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776015. Reader TBA.
Gr 5-8–Legend says that when the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both—and their descendants. Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies. But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

Deutsch, Stacia & Reshma Saujani. The Friendship Code #1. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777401. Read by Reshma Saujani & Sisi J. Johnson.
Gr 5-8–Published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code. Loops, variables, input/output—Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding—and friendship—takes time, dedication, and some laughs.

Masessa, Ed. Wandmaker’s Apprentice. Blackstone. ISBN 9781338194319. Read by Ramon de Ocampo.
Gr 3-7–Henry Leach the Eighth and his sister, Brianna, have survived a faulty spell, defeated a wicked spellcaster, and saved the world, but their greatest accomplishment might be convincing Grand Wand Master Coralis to take them on as official apprentices. For the first time in centuries, the reclusive Wand Master has opened the doors to his castle and invited a new generation of Wandmakers to learn the secrets of the craft. But danger lurks around every corner in a world of magic, curses, and fantastical beasts. And the greatest threat of all may come from within the Wandmakers’ own ranks.

Neilsen, David. Beyond the Doors. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776091. Read by the author.
Gr 3-7–A family disaster forces the four Rothbaum children to live with their Aunt Gladys, and they immediately know there is something strange about their new home. The crazy, circular house looks like it stepped out of a scary movie. The front entrance is a four-story-tall drawbridge. And the only food in Aunt Gladys’s kitchen is an endless supply of Honey Nut Oat Blast Ring-a-Dings cereal. Strangest of all are the doors—there are none. Who lives in a house with no doors? Their unease only grows when Aunt Gladys disappears for long stretches of time, leaving them alone to explore the strange house. When they discover just what Aunt Gladys has been doing with all her doors, the shocked siblings embark on an adventure that changes everything they believe about their family and the world.

Orenstein, Denise. Dirt. Blackstone. ISBN 978-1338194135. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7–Things are hard for 11-year-old Yonder. Her mother died and her father has sunk into sadness. She doesn’t have any friends, except for Dirt, the Shetland pony next door. Dirt has problems of his own. He’s overweight, he’s always in trouble, and his owner is the mean Miss Enid, who doesn’t have the patience for a pony’s natural curiosity. His only friend is Yonder, the scrawny girl next door. So when Miss Enid decides to sell Dirt for horsemeat, Yonder knows she has to find a way to rescue him. Even if that means stealing Dirt away and sneaking him into her own house.

Saujani, Reshma. Girls Who Code: Learn To Code and Change the World. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524778248. Read by the author.
Gr 5-8–Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than 10,000 girls across America. Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest—sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice—coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.

Schusterman, Michelle. Olive and the Backstage Ghost. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524721190. Read by Cassandra Morris.
Gr 5-8–After Olive Preiss freezes during a theater camp audition, she flees in despair. She finds herself at Maudeville, a beautiful old theater that she’s never noticed before. She enters, goes onstage, and sings her song. “Thank you for that lovely audition, darling,” comes a voice from the shadows. “I believe I have just the part for you.” Olive is thrilled to work with Maude Devore, the glamorous actress who owns the theater, and her eclectic cast of misfits. Yet gradually there are signs that Maudeville isn’t exactly what it seems. Sometimes—just for a moment!—it feels wrong. As opening day approaches, Olive’s doubts and fears grow. But no matter what, this show must go on…and on…and on.

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