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Are We There Yet? Audiobooks for your next family trip

on March 18, 2014

shutterstock_116572486It’s almost Spring Break!  Avoid the dreaded “are we there yet??” question by listening to a great story!

And be sure to check out our downloadable audiobooks from Overdrive and OneClick Digital to play on MP3-capable devices!

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Louisa May Alcott.  Little Women. (20 hours)Little women : retold from the Louisa May Alcott original

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

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Christopher Paolini. Eragon. (16.5 hours)Eragon

In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

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Cornelia Funke. Inkheart. (15.5 hours)Inkheart

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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Brian Jacques. Mossflower. (11.5 hours)

Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing ruler of Mossflower, while the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare to rebel against the evil wildcat who has seized power.

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John Voelkel. Middleworld. (11 hours)Middleworld

When his archaeologist parents go missing in Central America, fourteen-year-old Max embarks on a wild adventure through the Mayan underworld in search of the legendary Jaguar Stones, which enabled ancient Mayan kings to wield the powers of living gods.

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Philip Pullman. The Golden Compass. (11 hours)The golden compass His Dark Materials Book I

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subjects of gruesome experiments in the far North.

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Garth Nix. Sabriel. (10.5 hours)Sabriel

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

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Rick Riordan. The Lightning Thief. (10 hours)The lightning thief

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

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Dave Barry. Peter & the Starcatchers. (9 hours)Peter & the Starcatchers

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on theship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

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Zizou Corder. Lion Boy. (8.5 hours)Lion boy

In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

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Erin Hunter. The Quest Begins. (8.5 hours)The quest begins

Three young bears of different species–one black, one polar, and one grizzly–travel on a perilous quest to theNorthern Lights, escorting a shape-shifting grizzly cub whose destiny will affect them all.

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J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone. (8 hours)Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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Audrey Couloumbis. The Misadventures of Maude March. (8 hours)The misadventures of Maude March

After the death of the stern aunt who raised them since they were orphaned, eleven-year-old Sallie and her fifteen-year-old sister escape their self-serving guardians and begin an adventure resembling those in the dime novels Sallie loves to read.

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Sally Gardner. I, Coriander. (7.5 hours)I, Coriander

In 17th century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy world where her mother was born.

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James Howe. Bunnicula Collection. (6.5 hours)

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

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Suzanne Collins. Gregor the Overlander. (6.5 hours)Gregor the Overlander

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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Karen Cushman. Catherine, Called Birdy. (6.5 hours)Catherine, called Birdy

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

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Ellen Raskin. The Westing Game. (6.5 hours)The Westing game

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

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Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl. (6 hours)

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a most ingenious criminal mastermind, and heir to the Fowl family empire, a centuries-old clan of underworld figures and famous con artists. When Artemis kidnaps Holly Short, one of the Fairy People, to help him on his quest for gold, he takes on a Fairy world determined to rescue Holly.


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