Reading Minds & Bringing Back the Dead | Middle Grade Audiobooks Coming in July

Cooper, Abby. Bubbles. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501967924. Reader TBA.
Gr 5-8–Twelve-year-old Sophie Mulvaney’s world is turned upside down after her mom loses her job and breaks up with Pratik, who Sophie adored. But then: Sophie starts seeing bubbles above people’s heads that tell her what they are thinking. Seeing other people’s thoughts should be cool, but it’s actually just stressful—what does it mean that Pratik wishes she and mom were eating with him? What does Viv Carlson’s school project have to do with her? And when she finds out through the thought bubbles that her best friend Kaya likes her other best friend, Rafael—the very same Rafael that Sophie has her own crush on—Sophie has to find a way to figure out how to deal with knowing more than she should.

Crowe, Sara. Bone Jack. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501965289. Reader TBA.
Gr 5-8–Ash Tyler’s friend Mark is on a quest to bring his late father back from the dead in a ritual that now threatens Ash. When a run in the mountains brings Ash face to face with Bone Jack—a figure with the ability to take different natural forms—everything changes once more. Bone Jack guards the boundary between the living world and the dead, and he’s reappeared after centuries of dormancy, summoned by the dark energy taking root. As Ash tries to sort out why the very fabric of his world—and the people in it—are falling apart, it becomes harder to distinguish reality from illusion. Ash must literally run for his life if he is ever to help his friend, save himself, and restore things to their proper order.

Durst, Sarah Beth. Journey Across the Hidden Islands. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501962752. Read by Michi Barall.
Gr 3-7–The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses and twin sisters Seika and Ji-Lin travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

Lisle, Janet Taylor. Quicksand Pond. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501940347. Read by Nina Alvamar.
Gr 4-6–Quicksand Pond is a shadowy, hidden place, full of chirping, shrieking, croaking life. It’s where, legend has it, people disappear. It’s where scrappy Terri Carr lives with her no-good family. And it’s where 12-year-old Jessie Kettel is reluctantly spending her summer vacation. Jessie meets Terri right away, on a raft out in the water, and the two become fast friends. On Quicksand Pond, Jessie and Terri can be lost to the outside world—lost until they want to be found. But a tragedy that occurred many decades ago has had lingering effects on this sleepy town, and especially on Terri Carr. And the more Jessie learns, the more she begins to question her new friendship—and herself.

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