New Arrivals · Kids’ Audiobooks

July 27, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The unsung hero of Birdsong, USA

July 26, 2019
Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.), author.
℗2019
4 audio discs (3 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by John Kroft.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Gabriel, twelve, gains new perspective when he becomes friends with Meriwether, a Black World War II hero who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South.

The last last-day-of-summer

July 26, 2019
Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.), author.
℗2019
6 audio discs (6 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Ruffin Prentiss.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.

Freedom fire

July 26, 2019
Older, Daniel José, author.
℗2019
7 audio discs (7 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Channie Waites.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are heading southwest on the back of Stella, the giant pteranodon, to find Montez, her brother, wounded during the siege of Vicksburg; now they are heading into the heart of the fighting, depending on Magdalys' ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs--but one of the companions is not quite what she seems, and Magdalys's talent could make her a target for both sides.

The last life of Prince Alastor

July 26, 2019
Bracken, Alexandra, author.
℗2019
10 audio discs (11 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm-under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prosper's sister in the clutches of the evil queen Pyra, Prosper has no choice but to agree. But when they arrive in Alastor's deliciously demonic home, the realm is almost as alien to Alastor as it is to Prosper-the lowest fiends have dethroned the ruling malefactors, while an unfathomable force called the Void is swiftly consuming the realm. The desperate fiends cling to the one person who says she can stop it: Pyra. As Prosper embarks on a perilous rescue mission to the Tower of No Return, he can't help but feel for the demons losing their home-even Alastor, who lives by a set of rules that have vanished in a new world. With the fates of humans and demons at odds, the battle lines are drawn. Long ago, Prosper's ancestor Honor Redding proved that humans and demons could never be friends. But is Prosper like his ancestor? And is Alastor the same demon who was betrayed by the one human he cared for?

Spy runner

July 26, 2019
Yelchin, Eugene, author.
℗2019
6 audio discs (6.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross.
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
In this noir mystery middle grade from Newbery Honor author Eugene Yelchin, a boy stumbles upon a secret that jeopardizes American national security. It's 1953 and the Cold War is on. Communism threatens all that the United States stands for, and America needs every patriot to do their part. So when a Russian boarder moves into the home of twelve-year-old Jake McCauley, he's on high alert. What does the mysterious Mr. Shubin do with all that photography equipment? And why did he choose to live so close to the Air Force base? Jake's mother says that Mr. Shubin knew Jake's dad, who went missing in action during World War II. But Jake is skeptical; the facts just don't add up. And he's determined to discover the truth'no matter what he risks.

Among the impostors

July 26, 2019
Haddix, Margaret Peterson, author.
℗2018
4 audio discs (4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by John Kroft.
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
Luke has the chance to come out of hiding at last. Under a fake identity, he is enrolled in the Hendricks School, where he discovers that there is a lot going on under the surface. Luke doesn't know whom he can trust, where the truth will lead him or what price he'll have to pay for the answers he seeks.

Ronan Boyle and the bridge of riddles

July 26, 2019
Lennon, Thomas, 1970- author, narrator.
℗2019
4 audio discs (4.75 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by the author.
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan's parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he's determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents' innocence. To show he's got what it takes, he'll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland.

Pay attention, Carter Jones

July 26, 2019
Schmidt, Gary D., author.
℗2019
5 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Christopher Gebauer.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past.

Crown : an ode to the fresh cut

July 26, 2019
Barnes, Derrick D., author.
℗2019
1 audio disc (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Corey Allen.
Title from container.
"The same text is on both tracks."--Container.
The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother's hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair-a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins.

Dactyl Hill squad

July 26, 2019
Older, Daniel José, author.
℗2018
6 audio discs (6.75 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Channie Waites.
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
It's 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South. Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are on a field trip when the Draft Riots break out, and a number of their fellow orphans are kidnapped by an evil magistrate, Richard Riker. Magdalys and her friends flee to Brooklyn and settle in the Dactyl Hill neighborhood, where black and brown New Yorkers have set up an independent community--a safe haven from the threats of Manhattan. Together with the Vigilance Committee, they train to fly on dactylback, discover new friends and amazing dinosaurs, and plot to take down Riker. Can Magdalys and the squad rescue the rest of their friends before it's too late?

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

July 26, 2019
Snyder, Laurel, author.
℗2018
1 audio disc (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Christopher Carley.
Title from disc label.
"The same text is on both tracks."
In this heartwarming sequel to Laurel Snyder's beginning chapter book Charlie and Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. Paired with effervescent illustrations by Emily Hughes, this touching, funny celebration of imagination and bonding will enchant readers young and old.

All's faire in middle school

July 26, 2019
Jamieson, Victoria, author.
℗2018
3 audio discs (2.75 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by various narrators.
Compact discs.
"Growing up with parents who work at the Renaissance Faire, Imogene has always been sure of who she is: a brave and noble knight. But now, after being homeschooled her whole life, she is about to embark on the epic adventure of middle school! Imogene will quickly discover that in real life there aren't always clear-cut heroes and villains like there were at the faire. How will she find her place (and new friends) in this strange and complicated land?"--Container.

Rebound

July 26, 2019
Alexander, Kwame, author.
℗2018
3 audio discs (3 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Ron Butler.
Title from disc.
Compact disc.
In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

Charlie & Mouse

July 26, 2019
Snyder, Laurel, author.
℗2018
1 audio disc (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Christopher Carley.
Title from disc label.
"Track 2 has page-turn signals."
Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

The book of Boy

July 26, 2019
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.
℗2018
6 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.

Like Vanessa

July 26, 2019
Charles, Tami, author.
℗2018
6 audio discs (7.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Channie Waites.
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, by reluctantly entering her own beauty pageant. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with an incarcerated mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

Rise of the jumbies

July 26, 2019
Baptiste, Tracey.
Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2017.
5 audio discs (6 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Robin Miles.
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven't exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne. To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D'Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D'Leau's help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D'Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne's adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.

The dreadful tale of Prosper Redding

July 26, 2019
Bracken, Alexandra, author.
℗2017
8 audio discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
Title from container.
Compact discs.
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family. Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

The playbook : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life

July 26, 2019
Alexander, Kwame, author.
℗2017
1 audio disc (1 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Ruffin Prentiss III.
Compact disc.
"You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule containswisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles andwinning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement."-- Provided by publisher.

Booked

July 26, 2019
Alexander, Kwame, author, narrator.
℗2016
2 audio discs (2 hr., 15 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by the author.
Sequel to: Crossover.
Compact disc.
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

The jumbies

July 26, 2019
Baptiste, Tracey, author.
Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2015]
4 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Robin Miles.
Compact discs.
Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

A good kind of trouble

July 22, 2019
Ramée, Lisa Moore, author.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2019]
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by Imani Parks.
Compact discs.
All twelve-year-old Shayla wants to do is to follow the rules. But after experiencing a powerful Black Lives Matter protest, Shay begins to wonder how she can break the rules for the better.

All-American adventure [sound recording]

July 11, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2019]
4 audio discs (5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.+ 1 computer disc (PDF ; 4 3/4 in.)
Read by Bryan Kennedy.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Bick, Beck, Storm, and Tommy crisscross the country in a race to find proof of a dastardly conspiracy. And if they don't find it soon, the USA as we know it could be gone forever.

Other words for home

July 10, 2019
Warga, Jasmine, author.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2019]
3 audio discs (4 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by Vaneh Assadourian.
Compact discs.
Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. But this life also brings unexpected surprises. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

Dragon pearl [sound recording]

July 8, 2019
Lee, Yoon Ha, 1979- author.
[New York, N.Y.] : Random House/Listening Library, [2019]
8 audio discs (10 hr., 20 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kim Mai Guest.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.

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