A Ghost Machine & the Return of Max Crumbly | Middle Grade Audio Coming in June

Berry, Julie. The Emperor’s Ostrich. Listening Library. ISBN 9780553396065. Read by Jayne Entwhistle.
Gr 5-8–
Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside with a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich. Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia’s wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely.

51Ba80Ae2wL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200___1492029105_25895DeStefano, Lauren. The Girl with the Ghost Machine. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501966941. Read by Brittany Presley.
Gr 3-7–When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten. Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever.

George, Jessica Day. Saturdays at Sea. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501967085. Reader TBA.
Gr 3-7–After constructing a grand ship built from parts of the Castle, Celie, Lilah, and Rolf are ready to set sail. But on its maiden voyage, the Ship steers them far off course into uncharted waters. Celie and her sister, Lilah, hope that the Ship is heading to the ancient island where unicorns once roamed, but as the journey grows longer and supplies run low, they could be in trouble. Can Celie and her family trust the Ship just as they’ve always trusted the Castle?

Patterson, James & Chris Grabenstein. Pottymouth and Stoopid. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478941156. Read by Scott Connolly.
Gr 3-7–David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone’s minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn’t have to be physical—and that things will get better.

Russell, Rachel Renee. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2. S. & S. Audio. ISBN 9781508232209. Read by Kyle Beltrane.
Gr 3-7–When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School—and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

51LFsaE+9NL._SY346___1492029189_69144Wilson, N.D. The Door Before. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524721039. Reader TBA.
Gr 5-8–
In this prequel to the 100 Cupboards series, Hyacinth Smith can see things that others miss, stop dogs from attacking, and grow trees where no trees have grown before. But she’s never had a real home. When her father tells them they’ve inherited a house from their great-aunt, Hyacinth sees trouble brewing. Their great-aunt has been playing with forces beyond her control, using her lightning-tree forest to create doors to other worlds. When one door opens, two boys tumble through, bringing with them a battle with the undying witch-queen, Nimiane. Hyacinth, together with the boys, must use her newfound magic and all of her courage to journey straight into the witch’s kingdom in a daring plan to trap evil and kill the immortal. 

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