For Allen fans and others appreciative of quirky small towns and character-driven fare; a well-crafted biography canvassing Stonewall Jackson’s life; true stories from New Orleans; Vaillant’s masterly detail of the desperate life in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Sarah Addison Allen, John Vaillant, with Bios of Stonewall Jackson and the Equal Justice Initiative | Audiobook Reviews, April 15, 2015
SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads—a current young adult title paired thematically with a classic or required summer reading title—each week to listeners ages 13-plus while SYNC is in session each summer. The SYNC program returns May 7 and runs for 14 weeks through August 13. YA titles include Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under […]
Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction
Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]
Russian Oligarchs, Sunken Pirate Ships, & Aziz Ansari on Romance | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Nonfiction
Ahlers, Amy & Christine Arylo. Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself. Tantor. ISBN 9781494560553. Read by the authors. The Inner Mean Girl is the judgmental, critical, and belittling inner bully that almost every woman hears running through her mind on a daily basis. The Inner Mean Girl creates undue […]
Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Listening Library. ISBN 9780147520852. Read by various narrators. Gr 7 & Up—Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time playing video games, avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers, and making movies, their own versions […]
Magical Creatures, Pet Funerals, & a World Run by Pirates | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Middle Grade
Beasley, Cassie. Circus Mirandus. Listening Library. ISBN 9781101892336. Read by Bronson Pinchot. Gr 4-7—Micah Tuttle’s dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him wonderful stories of the magical Circus Mirandus, including of the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Then it turns out that the Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a […]
Goats at the fair, Best Friends, & a Reluctant Dragon | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Early Elementary
Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501257889. Read by Anton Lesser. Gr 1-3—In this beloved classic story, a young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon. When the townsfolk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to […]
Judy Blume, Matthew Quick, & an Audio-Exclusive Tale from Stephen King | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks
Blume, Judy. In the Unlikely Event. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101914069. Read by Kathleen McInerney. In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, NJ, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was 15 and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes […]