100 Sideways Miles. By Andrew Smith.
Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2015. 7hr. Tantor,
CD, $34 (9781494514099). Gr. 9–12.
Heyborne’s intense and emotional performance channels 17-year-old Finn, whose
humorous and heartfelt story is punctuated
by his insistence on measuring his life in sideways miles not minutes, convinced he is really
the alien protagonist in his father’s sf novel.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. By Maggie Stiefvater.
Read by Will Patton. 2014. 10hr. Scholastic,
CD, $39.99 (9780545649070). Gr. 8–12.
As the plot thickens in this third volume
of Stiefvater’s series, Patton navigates the
gorgeous linguistic acrobatics with ease,
immersing the listener in a lush language experience and fully realized characters.
Clariel. By Garth Nix. Read by Graeme
Malcolm. 2014. 12hr. Listening Library,
CD, $60 (9780739368329). Gr. 9–12.
Narrator Malcolm’s proper, clear, and distinguished British accent enhances this epic
stand-alone prequel to the Sabriel Trilogy,
giving Nix’s lush prose a rich Old World
feel and transporting listeners into a magical
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.
By Jacqueline Kelly. Read by Natalie
Ross. 2015. 8hr. Macmillan, CD, $34.99
(9781427261373). Gr. 4–7.
In a slight southern accent and singsong
pattern to portray the smart, perceptive, and
kind Callie, Ross takes listeners back to Texas
in 1900 and the world of this irrepressible teen.
Froi of the Exiles. By Melina Marchetta.
Read by Grant Cartwright. 2014. 18.5hr.
Brilliance, CD, $19.99 (9781491507162).
Cartwright’s narration is perfectly attuned
to the tone of this beautiful novel about the
horrors of war and the surprising tenacity of
human kindness and hope, as young Froi agonizes over internal demons while proving his
worth as soldier and secret scholar.
Lost in the Sun. By Lisa Graff. Read by
Ramón de Ocampo. 2015. 8.5hr. Listening
Library, CD, $45 (9781101892213).
De Ocampo’s convincing depictions of
middle schooler Trent, a boy consumed by
guilt and rage after an accident, and his family,
teachers, and friends skillfully guide listeners
through this complex, emotional story.
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War.
By Helen Frost. Read by Tom Picasso and
others. 2014. 2.5hr. Recorded Books, CD,
$25.75 (9781490619361). Gr. 5–8.
In this lyrical novel in verse, Anikwa, a
12-year-old Miami boy read by Michael
Bakkensen, and James, an American boy
portrayed by Picasso, live as neighbors and
friends as tension mounts in Indiana Territory
during the War of 1812. (Top of the List winner—Youth Audio.)
The Shepherd’s Crown. By Terry Pratchett.
Read by Stephen Briggs. 2015. 8hr. Harper,
DD, $21.99 (9780062430557). Gr. 7–12.
In a clear, cheerful British accent full of
pomp and circumstance, series narrator
Briggs gives a timeless grandeur to Pratchett’s
last tale, as young witch Tiffany Aching comes
into her own amid the usual Pratchett hilarity.
Skink—No Surrender. By Carl Hiaasen.
Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2014. 8hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780804166904).
Heyborne perfectly captures the zany, grisly
humor in this hilarious ecothriller featuring
Skink, Florida’s one-eyed ex-governor who
dines on road kill and lives off the grid, and
innocent young Richard, who fears his cousin
has been abducted.
Smek for President! By Adam Rex. Read by
Bahni Turpin. 2015. 6hr. Listening Library,
CD, $30 (9780553395686). Gr. 4–7.
The wildly inventive Turpin narrates Rex’s
deliriously funny, action-packed sf comedy,
mixing creative lowbrow humor with sly social satire in the story of 13-year-old Gratuity
“Tip” Tucci and her extraterrestrial pal.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel.
By Sara Farizan. Read by Negin Farsad.
2014. 5.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $26.95
(9781622314881). Gr. 8–11.
Farizan’s rich accents, comic timing, and
appealing characterizations enrich this in-
triguing coming-out novel of two Iranian
The War That Saved My Life. By Kimberly
Brubaker Bradley. Read by Jayne Entwistle.
2015. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $40
(9780553556537). Gr. 5–8.
Entwistle masterfully depicts two young
girls from widely different social classes,
evacuated from London early in WWII and,
through their stories, offers a child’s-eye view
of wartime life.
Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life and Times of
Jacky Faber. By L. A. Meyer. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2014. 10.5hr. Listen and Live,
CD, $29.95 (9781593166656). Gr. 8–10.
Kellgren’s incomparable narration flavors
this final entry in the adventurous Jacky Faber
series. With myriad dialects and accents and
spot-on pacing, she immerses listeners in this
rollicking and entertaining tale.