Some Great New Books to Read With Your Ears!

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Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian       Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian / Eoin Colfer; read by Nathaniel Parker

Former teenaged criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, his bodyguard Butler, and his former antagonist, Holly Short, elite member of the Lower Elements Police reconnaissance team (she’s a LEPrecon) must battle against Opal Koboi, the megalomaniac pixie, and her plan for world domination. She’s bringing back the dead and using black magic to possess Artimis’s family in order to kill all the humans, and lead fairy kind back to the surface of the earth. Then she will be their evil Queen! Non-stop action, adventure, silly names, and painful puns, make this a perfect finale for the fantasy adventure series. An ALSC 2013 Notable Children's Recording and an ALA 2013 Odyssey Honor Audiobook

Ghost Knight       Ghost Knight / Cornelia Funke ; read by Elliott Hill

Infuriated by his mother’s new boyfriend eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft is packed off to a boarding school attached to Salisbury Cathedral. But he soon forgets his troubles back home when he’s chased by a gang of murderous spectral knights. With his friend Ella they summon the aid of the ghost of the long dead Sir William Longspee to protect him from these ghostly hunters, and in return Jon performs a service to Longspee. Hill’s excellent delivery combined with Funke’s ability to create distinctive and engaging characters make this a superb recording. An ALSC 2013 Notable Children's Recording and an ALA 2013 Odyssey Honor Audiobook

The Great Cake Mystery       The Great Cake Mystery / by Alexander McCall Smith; read by Adjoa Andoh

How do great detectives get their start? Precious Ramotswe starts by tracking down a gang of thieves stealing her classmates’ lunches. It’s the first step towards becoming founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana.  Adjoa Andoh really rolls her R’s with vigor and captures the rhythm of Botswanan speech and storytelling. An ALSC 2013 Notable Children's Recording

The Mighty Miss Malone       The Mighty Miss Malone / Christopher Paul Curtis; read by Bahni Turpin

"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and the ability of the family to survive. An ALSC 2013 Notable Children's Recording