As I have written many times before, I’m a big fan of audiobooks. I always have one going, and I highly recommend exploring our collection. In the past few weeks, we’ve received a whole bunch of new audiobooks, and here is a small sampling of a few of our new middle grade titles.
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Why check out the audiobook? School Library Journal says the reader “gives Ivan a calm, pragmatic voice that aptly conveys his concise, descriptive sentences, while giving similarly unique voices to other characters” and made the audiobook a pick of the day.
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail
by Richard Peck
A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace in search of his destiny shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.
Why check out the audiobook? According to Sound Commentary, the reader, Russ Bain, gives the characters a variety of voices and the story is clearly narrated and easy to follow.
The Colossus Rises
by Peter Lerangis
Jack McKinley is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he is going to die. He needs to find the seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him. The loculi are relics from a lost civilization that has not been seen in thousands of years. And in order to find them, Jack will have to travel to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Why check out the audiobook? According to an AudioFile review, reader Jonathan McClain “grounds this wild ride with his delightful performance. His voice pulses with youthful energy as he portrays the smart, curious kids and their excited sense of wonder”. We also have the audiobook of the second title in this series.