Schomburg’s Legacy for Middle Grade Listeners

Bellairs, John. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501983009. Read by Brad Strickland.
Gr 3-7–Rose Rita wishes she could go to camp like her best friend, Lewis. She’s sure that boys get to have all the fununtil Mrs. Zimmermann offers her an adventure of her own. Mrs. Zimmermann’s cousin Oley has left her his farm, as well as a ring that he thinks is magic. But when the two arrive at the deserted farm, the ring has mysteriously vanished.

Davies, Kate. The Crims. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538457771. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7–The Crim family is full of notorious criminals. Notoriously inept, that is. Uncle Knuckles once tried to steal a carnival. Great-Uncle Bernard held himself hostage by accident. Aunt Drusilla died slipping on a banana peel. But Imogen is different. She was born with a skill for scandal. A knack for the nefarious. A mastery of misdemeanors. Despite her natural talent for all things unlawful, Imogen got out of the family business years ago. But when the rest of the Crims are accused of pulling off a major heist—which seems doubtful, to say the least—Imogen is forced to step in to clear their names.

Harrison, Vashti. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Blackstone. ISBN 9781549114366. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7–Harrison brings to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things—bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come.

Hunter, Erin. Broken Pride. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538502006. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7–A lion cast out from his pride. An elephant who can read the bones of the dead. A baboon rebelling against his destiny. For generations, the animals of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest in the paws of three unlikely heroes.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520087269. Read by Ron Butler.
Gr 3-6–Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was collecting books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora, bringing to light the achievements of people of African descent throughout the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big that it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

Wein, Elizabeth. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cobalt Squadron. Listening Library. ISBN 9780525529118. Reader TBA.
Gr 5-8–Wein journeys to a galaxy far, far away to bring listeners the harrowing story of the courageous bomber pilots and technicians of Cobalt Squadron.

Wexler, Django. The Fall of the Readers. Listening Library. ISBN 9780525493907. Read by Cassandra Morris.
Gr 5-8–When Alice defeated her uncle Geryon and declared war on the totalitarian ways of the Old Readers, she knew she would have a hard fight ahead. What she didn’t anticipate was the ruthlessness of the Old Reader—who can control magic and enter worlds through books. All the creatures she promised to liberate and protect are being threatened, and slowly all of Alice’s defenses are being worn away. So when the giant cat-like creature who guards the magical labyrinth in Geryon’s library hints at a dangerous final solution, Alice jumps at the chance, no matter the cost to her life. She and her friends—a fire sprite, Ashes the cat, and the other apprentice Readers she met during her previous adventures—go on a quest to free the one creature possibly strong enough to overturn the Old Readers once and for all. But before it’s all over, Alice will be betrayed, her true identity will be revealed, and she’ll have to be willing to give up the person she loves the most.

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