The Light Bulb Conspiracy. DVD. 75 min./52 min. Video Project. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $89.
Gr 9 Up–Using historical photographs, film footage, and interviews with people in Europe, the United States, and Ghana, the female narrator takes viewers from the beginning of mass production in the 1920s with Henry Ford’s Model-T to General Motors’ annual car models to Bernard London’s proposal during the New Deal era for compulsory planned obsolescence that he believed would keep people working and create a continuous market demand for consumer goods to the 1950s when designers subscribed to this mantra. For example, light bulbs, originally designed to last, were given a maximum life of 1000 hours in the 1920s. Products are designed and engineered to fail, and manufacturers refer to this as the “product life cycle.” The film points out that as far back as the 1950s, people have fought back against this throwaway consumerism. An example is the 2003 class-action case involving the battery in Apple’s iPod. Although the case never came to trial, Apple began to offer a two-year warranty with the battery. Planned obsolescence has created environmental problems, including the disposal of electronic waste, much of which ends up in dump sites in Third World countries such as Ghana. Advocates speak to the issues of limited resources and the need to take action: fix things, don’t throw them away. An LED light bulb that has been designed by Warner Philips, the great-grandson of the founder of Philips Electronics, can last 25 years and shows that sustainability and business profitability can go hand-in-hand. This outstanding presentation of a timely topic can be used in classes across the curriculum.–Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mt. Carmel
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. DVD. 7 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-37414-9. $59.59; CD: ISBN 978-0-545-37498-9: $ 12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44813-0: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 2–Edwina the dinosaur helps out in her community, bakes chocolate-chip cookies, and everyone loves her, except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, the class know-it-all, who is positive that dinosaurs are extinct. When Reginald makes it his mission to force the townspeople to accept that fact, no one bothers to listen to him, except for Edwina. She listens patiently while Reginald explains that she simply should not exist! By the time he’s finished, Edwina is convinced, but she just doesn’t care. That’s when Reginald realizes that he doesn’t really care either, and the two of them go off to make chocolate-chip cookies. Mo Willems’s excellent story (Hyperion, 2006) is narrated with humor and passion by Mo and Cher Willems. His cartoon-style illustrations are animated and the result is spectacular. There’s also a jazzy theme song about Edwina, who is decked out in a straw hat and pearls. Be sure to have children search the pictures for appearances by Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon! The DVD also features a short segment in which Edwina and Reginald share the recipe for chocolate-chip cookies as well as a terrific interview in which Willems discusses his inspirations for Edwina and his love of animation. Children will be delighted!–Jenny Ventling, Dayton Metro Library, OH
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. DVD. 13 min. with tchr’s. guide. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-044753-9. $59.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-545-044758-4: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44810-9: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 1–Mo Willems’s conclusion (Balzer + Bray, 2012) to his Knuffle Bunny trilogy begins with a photographic sequence of Trixie’s growth from previous books and closes with a similar sequence chronicling Trixie’s journey of maturation. Trixie and her family take a plane to visit her grandparents, Oma and Opa, in Holland. When Trixie finally realizes that her treasured Knuffle Bunny is missing, the plane is already en route to China. At first, Trixie is devastated, but as she enjoys her trip, she envisions the delight that Knuffle Bunny is bringing to other children around the world. When it is time to head back home, Trixie discovers that her stuffed rabbit is right where she left him on the plane—in the seat pocket! The story concludes unexpectedly as Trixie gives Knuffle Bunny to a crying baby, showing just how grown up she has become. The narration features the rich vocal talents of Mo, Trixie, and Cher Willems. Mo Willems’s fabulous illustrations are animated. The production concludes with an interview with the author. A perfect ending to the series.–Amanda Schiavulli, West Orange Public Library, NJ
The Fever of ’57: The Sputnik Movie. 2 DVDs. 88 min./three 30 min. episodes. with tchr’s. guide online. Prod. by Varied Directions Int’l. Dist. by Amazon.com. 2007, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $179.
Gr 7 Up–By the end of World War II, our rocky relationship with our former ally, the Soviet Union, was a primary concern. This incredible program recounts how Cold War tensions peaked with Russia’s surprise launch of the first satellite to circle the planet and its dramatic effect on our military, government, and personal lives. Recounted with an amazing anthology of both black-and-white and color vintage film footage, historic television news programs, early animated graphics, as well as interviews with individuals from both countries involved with the space programs, this well-paced documentary focuses on the fear that the rocket that launched Sputnik in 1957 could just as easily launch a nuclear bomb. Many Americans believed that our country was no longer the world’s technological leader and was vulnerable to a Soviet military attack. A valuable thread running through the film is how our country’s social issues—especially the emerging civil rights battle—contributed to our citizens’ increasing uneasiness. Designed for use in schools, the program is available in two formats—one disc containing the entire documentary (with chapter selection options), and the other divided into three individually accessible chapters, each with five or six separate segments. This enhanced functionality is well-supplemented by an online teacher’s guide (sputnikmania.com) containing six general exploration topics, other potential student activities, links to additional resources, and enrichment ideas and materials. This film will be welcomed by classroom teachers as well as individual researchers.–Dwain Thomas, formerly Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL
Private Tutor: Your Complete SAT Critical Reading Prep Course with Amy Lucas. 2 DVDs. with workbook. Private Tutor SAT. 2012. complete package: $74.95; DVD: $29.95 ea., workbook: $29.95.
Gr 10 Up–Amy Lucas, an experienced private tutor, acts as a personal guide to the reading comprehension portion of the SAT, keeping students invested in and focused on content and practice exercises. Teens will easily relate to her upbeat and friendly approach. Topics covered include vocabulary, sentence completions, and reading comprehension techniques. She suggests that students group the vocabulary lists in the workbook into one of three categories—Rockin’, Rollin’, or Sinkin’—based on difficulty. The DVDs’ chapters are easily navigated and contain descriptions of the test parts and practice drills for each. Lucas’s technique-oriented process for the reading comprehension portion of the SAT requires the same strategies for short and long passages: summarize the main idea, read and restate the questions, go back to the passage and dig, answer the questions in your own words, and use the process of elimination. Uncluttered graphics on a split screen, with Lucas on the other half, compel students to follow her step-by-step instructions, which may be paused at any point for explanations or a return to the main menu. Lucas’s mantra to restate information in your own words before answering a question allows students to trust their judgment, making it less likely that they will be confused by tricky questions. Viewers are given the option to personalize their learning by choosing one of three reading comprehension techniques. The accessible workbook, containing most of the DVD’s narration and practice questions, also features a master list of vocabulary words.–Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
About Average. By Andrew Clements. 2 cassettes or 2 CDs. 2 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-0081-4, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-0082-1. $25.75.
Gr 3-6–Jordan understands that it’s hard being average. Everyone around her seems to have a shining talent, or even two or three—but not Jordan. She realistically examines herself and recognizes her ordinariness. She is a C student and has average looks, but she hopes that her enthusiasm will make up for a lack of talent in sports and music. It’s a little depressing. Jordan is good at babysitting and organizing. She wins a haiku contest. She’s even good at coming up with a plan to deal with a bully. Still, none of that is going to win her accolades. Besides, she’s just trying to make it through to the end of sixth grade, as oppressive heat and sauna humidity melt the students into puddles of inactivity. However, when disaster strikes, it is average, cool-headed Jordan who comes up with a plan to save lives. Andrew Clements’s winning book (Atheneum, 2012) is read by Celia Keenan-Bolger in a young, sympathetic voice that draws listeners into Jordan’s all-too-ordinary life. Yet listeners also catch hints of Jordan’s strengths that she fails to recognize, offering hope to adolescents who are often too hard on themselves. The pacing is perfect and the narrator’s creation of unique character voices brings the story to life. This exceptional production will have listeners smiling and rooting for the girl who doesn’t realize how extraordinary “average” can be.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA
Little Pig Joins the Band. By David Hyde Costello. CD. 6:37 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4301-1139-9. $29.95.
Pre-S-Gr 2–David Hyde Costello’s humorous story (Charlesbridge, 2011) about Little Pig who is too small to play any of the marching band instruments stored in a box at Grandpa’s house. Whenever Little Pig asks his siblings a question, it is comically misheard. For example, when he asks if there are any piccolos, the response is “There’s a jar in the fridge behind the olives.” Finally, Little Pig realizes that the rag-tag group needs a little organization, so he finds a whistle and gets them lined up and marching in step. Costello’s clever asides come to life via Emily Eiden’s terrific narration. The “Little Pig March,” composed by Rory Young and Arnie Cardillo, is wonderful and all the music and sound effects add to the meaning and enjoyment of the text. Costello’s illustrations are spot-on! Pair this with Mary Raynor’s Garth Pig Steals the Show (Dutton, 1993), A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea (S & S, 2010) by Michael Ian Black, and the DVD version of the tale (SLJ, Sept. 2012) from Nutmeg Media. This delightful production will be enjoyed by students and teachers and might even inspire them to organize a class parade.–Lonna Pierce, MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
Rapture: A Fallen Novel. By Lauren Kate. 9 CDs. 11:40 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-70657-7. $40.
Gr 9 Up–The sky is falling—literally—in Lauren Kate’s final novel (Delacorte, 2012) in the “Fallen” series. Timequakes, disguised as earthquakes, mark Lucifer’s steady decent through the heavens, thereby collapsing the eternities and erasing the past. Luce, Daniel, an eclectic group of fallen angels, seedy Outcasts, and a whimsical transeternal have nine days to stop him by acquiring three relics scattered across the globe and assembling them at the location of the original Fall. During the course of their journey, Luce begins to recall her past, which provides key information to unlocking the mystery, including an amazing revelation—Lucifer, not Daniel, was her first true love. However, before Lucifer can reset the universe, the Throne brings everything to an abrupt halt. Ultimately, Luce and Daniel choose love, but the price is loss of immortality. The fabulous Justine Eyre provides spot-on narration—from the evil, guttural voice of Lucifer to the silky sighs of the lovers. A bonus interview between Eye and Kate concludes the audiobook. This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending. A must-have for all libraries.–Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH
Seraphina. By Rachel Hartman. 11 CDs. 13:30 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-96894-4. $50
Gr 7 Up–In the decades since the peace treaty was signed, a fragile amity has existed between humans and dragons. Or so it is believed. As the treaty’s 40th anniversary nears, a rogue dragon masterminds a dangerous scheme to reignite the ancient war between the two species. Caught unwillingly in the crossfire is Seraphina Dombegh, assistant music mistress of the royal court, who guards a terrible secret: She is half-dragon, a genetic anomaly considered an abomination to both sides. Because of her unique ability to connect with dragonkind, she is reluctantly drawn into a high-profile murder investigation headed up by the acutely insightful Prince Lucian Kiggs. Seraphina knows this death is only the tip of the iceberg, below which lurks a plot far more sinister and far-reaching. But can she divulge what she knows without also revealing the truth about her heredity? Or her forbidden feelings for the prince? The audiobook cover’s nondescript black-and-white does little to hint at the gorgeously vivid imagery contained within Rachel Hartman’s stunning debut novel (Random, 2012). Although the pace unfolds rather slowly, the story is by no means dry. Hartman’s detailed storytelling and intricate plotting are reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy and Franny Billingsley’s Chime. Mandy Williams’s crisp voice harmonizes perfectly with the lyrical writing and lush ambiance of this exquisite tale. Fantasy enthusiasts will be enthralled throughout. A must have!–Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI
Three Times Lucky. By Sheila Turnage.7 CDs. 8 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61176-136-8. $29.95.
Gr 5-7–Moses was rescued as a newborn during a hurricane in North Carolina by Colonel LoBeau and has lived with him and Miss Lana ever since. Mo is now 12-years-old and continues to look for her birthmother by sending letters in a bottle to be launched by anyone heading upstream. During her quest, she also sharpens her detective skills with her best friend, Dale Earnhart Johnson III, by finding missing cats and bicycles. When Detective Joe Starr comes to Tupelo Landing seeking information about a Winston-Salem murder, Mo’s intuition helps to solve that and several other mysteries, many of them in her own life. Narrator Michal Friedman does for this story what the narrators of Moon over Manifest did for the Great Plains. The sounds of the racetrack where Dale’s older brother races and the smells in Miss Lana’s café come alive via Friedman’s storytelling. Sheila Turnage’s words and phrases in the novel (Delacorte, 2012) give the narrator a lot to work with, and she does justice to every one of them. From the Colonel’s gruff manner to Dale’s daddy’s drunken slur and Miss Lana’s calming tone, each character is consummately voiced. Listeners will hope that there will be more books about Mo. Of special note: every chapter begins a new track, making it easy for interrupted listeners to find their place.–Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. By L. Frank Baum. 4 CDs. 4:16 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-94163-3. $30.
Gr all levels–Follow the yellow brick road into L. Frank Baum’s timeless story of adventure, friendship, and longing as Dorothy and her beloved Toto are dropped by a cyclone into a magical land. There they meet the well-known Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion. Dorothy, Toto, and her new friends embark on a fascinating journey. They come upon the beastly Kalidahs, helpful field mice, their beautiful queen, Winkies, and the famed winged monkeys. The story of Dorothy’s quest for the mysterious Wizard of Oz and the way home to Kansas is read by actress and author Brooke Shields. Her narration is perfectly paired with the lyrical prose of the enduring story. She invokes a seemingly endless number of spot-on voices for the charming, mysterious, and sometimes evil characters. Shields’s interpretation of the Scarecrow is particularly endearing. Special touches include Paul Rudd reading Baum’s original introduction to the story and brief musical interludes that begin some chapters. The CD case features a line-and-wash illustration by Brian Floca in which Toto peeks at listeners while the others’ eyes are set on the yellow bricks ahead. Listeners of all ages will enjoy this creative narration of an American classic.–Jane Newschwander, Arlington School District, VT
Dreamland Lullabies. CD. 47:23 min. lullaballads.com. 2011. ISBN unavail. $9.99.
PreS-Gr 2–Classically trained Dina Layzis and Theresa San Luis co-wrote these 11 pop ballad lullabies, accompanied by full strings, piano, chimes, and xylophone. Born in the Ukraine, raised in New York, and trained in opera, Layzis’s voice has a breathy and ethereal quality. Perfect for bedtime and with a sound somewhere between easy listening and classical, the compositions are tranquil, peaceful, and restful. Songs include “Magic Unfolding,” “Caretaker’s Song,” “You Were Once a Child,” “Tiny Ballerina,” “Merry-Go-Round,” “Andrew’s Lullaby,” “Robbie’s Song,” “Fairyland,” “Lullaby for Colin,” “Paint Your Dreams,” and “Sweet Farewell.” A wonderful first album for this duo, and excellent for soothing young ones to sleep.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Make Believers. CD. 41 min. AV Café. 2012. ISBN unavail. $15.
Pres-Gr 5–Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a children’s performer unlike any you’ve heard before. Filled with great beats and fresh rhymes, his newest album brings to mind Will Smith in his musical prime. Skidoo infuses hip-hop into children’s music using fantastic guest vocalists to keep the songs light while addressing such kid familiar topics as nightmares, being a friend to oneself, swimming, and even putting a truly fresh spin on Jack and the Beanstalk (“Magic Beans”). Skidoo is artfully joined on two of the songs by his 10-year-old daughter, Saki, aka MC Fireworks, who can hold her own when breaking things down. The 11 songs are filled with an energy and positivity that will greatly appeal to children and their parents. Among the numbers are “Space Cadet,” “Rocketfuel,” “Nightmares Disappear,” “Snowforts and Sandcastles,” “Gotta Be You,” and more. This fresh, fantastic album is a must-have for all collections.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL
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Autumn de Forest. DVD. 25 min. Crystal Prods. 2012. ISBN 978-1-56290-691-7. $29.95.
Building Your Business Online (Biz Kid$: Financial Literacy Series). DVD. 28 min. Prod. by Biz Kid$. Dist. by Film Ideas. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60572-544-7. $49.95.
Super WHY! Around the World Adventure. DVD. approx. 90 min. Prod. by Out of the Blue Enterprises. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60883-673-4. $12.99.
Confronting Sexual Harassment in School: What Every Student Needs to Know. DVD. 24 min. with tchr’s. guide. Human Relations Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55548-573-3. $149.95.
Cyberbullying: Identify, Understand, Prevent. DVD. 14 min. with tchr’s. guide. VEA. 2012. ISBN unavail. school library: $99.95, public library: $54.95
Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. DVD. 27 min. with worksheets online. Learning ZoneXpress. 2012. ISBN unavail. $79.95.
The Changing Sea: One Ocean, Episode 4. DVD. 44 min. Prod. by One Ocean Prods. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2010, 2012 release. ISBN 1-93777-224-1. $250.
Isolated: A Story of Survival, Episode 1: Islands of Fire and Coral. DVD. 50 min.. Prod. by Explora Films. Dist. by Worldwide Academic Media. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN 978-1-59163-936-7. $29.95.
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? DVD. 76/58/22 min. Bullfrog Films. 2012. ISBN 1-93777-215-2. $295.
Titanic’s Final Mystery. DVD. 92 min. Prod. by Bedlam Prods. and Airborne TV & Film. Dist. by Inception Media Group. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98; Blue-ray: $19.98.
Worlds Together: Ethiopia. DVD. approx. 25 min. with tchr’s. guide. Master Communications. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60480-106-4. $29.95.
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Hello Ocean/Hola Mar. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. CD. 11:10 min. with paperback book. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4301-1135-1. $18.95.
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia: Alcatraz, Book 3. By Brandon Sanderson. 6 cassettes or 6 CDs. 6:45 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4618-0842-8, CD: ISBN 978-1-4618-0841-1. $66.75.
Alien on a Rampage. By Clete Barrett Smith. 6 CDs. 7:21 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-0285-2. $54.97.
Ask Me No Questions. By Marina Budhos. 4 CDs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-72-8. $49.95.
Bambino and Mr. Twain. By P. I. Maltbie. CD. 14:50 min. with hardcover book. Spoken Arts Media. 2012. ISBN 0-8045-4237-6. $29.95.
Black Heart: The Curse Workers, Book 3. By Holly Black. 6 CDs. 6:34 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-7119-5. $40,
Breadcrumbs. By Anne Ursu. 7 CDs. 7:47 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01400-4. $55.
The Calling: Darkness Rising Trilogy, Book 2. By Kelley Armstrong. 6 cassettes or 6 CDs. 7:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-3623-2. CD: ISBN+ 978-1-4640-3597-5. $66.75.
Cascade: The River of Time, Book 2. By Lisa T. Bergen. 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61375-176-3. $32.99.
A Dog’s Way Home. By Bobbie Pyron. 6 CDs. 6:57 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01388-5. $39.
Draw the Dark. By Ilsa J. Bick. 9 CDs. 10:03 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-5807-1. $49.97.
Fenway Fever. By John H. Ritter. 5 cassettes or 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4574-5, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4575-2. $51.75.
Following Christopher Creed. By Carol Plum-Ucci. 8 cassettes or 8 CDs. 9 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-2111-4, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-2110-7. $87.75.
Gold Medal Summer. By Donna Freitas. 5 CDs. 5:17 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-76-6. $54.95.
Hex Hall. By Rachel Hawkins. 6 CDs. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4526-0865-5. $34.99.
Island of Thieves. By Josh Lacey. 4 CDs. 4:41 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01379-3. $30.
Judy Moody: Around the World in 8½ Days. By Megan McDonald. 2 CDs. 1:38 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-7948-9. $19.97.
Lies Beneath. By Anne Greenwood Brown. 7 CDs. 8:24 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01032-7. $37.
Lola Reads to Leo. By Anna McQuinn. CD. 4:52 min. with paperback book. Spoken Arts Media. 2012. ISBN 0-8045-4236-8. $19.95.
The Lonely Hearts Club. By Elizabeth Eulberg. 6 CDs. 6:26 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-5864-4. $49.97.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. By Ransom Riggs. 8 CDs. 9:42 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01385-4. $60.
The Milo & Jazz Mysteries #2: The Case of the Poisoned Pig. By Lewis B. Montgomery. CD. 48 min. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4301-1202-0. $15.95; with paperback book, ISBN 978-1-4301-1203-7: $20.95.
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave. By Candace Fleming. 5 CDs. 5:30 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-99110-2. $30.
The Pout-Pout Fish. By Deborah Diesen. CD. 10 min. with paperback book. Macmillan Young Listeners. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4272-2199-5. $9.99.
So Over My Head: The Charmed Life Novel. By Jenny B. Jones. 8 CDs. 8:36 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61375-139-8. $29.99.
Summer at Forsaken Lake. By Michael D. Beil. 7 CDs. 7:49 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01023-5. $37.
Summer on Wheels. By Gary Soto. 3 CDs. 3 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-74-2. $49.95.
Swipe. By Evan Angler. 7 CDs. 7:09 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61375-134-3. $27.99.
Theodore Boone: The Accused. By John Grisham. 5 CDs. 5:30 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61176-064-4. $19.95.
The Third Eye. By Louis Duncan. 5 CDs. 6:05 hrs. Hachette for AudioGo. 2012 ISBN 978-1-61969-103-2. $59.99.
Troubletwister #2: The Monster. By Garth Nix and Sean Williams. 7 CDs. 7:37 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-2126-6. $64.97.
Underworld: The Abandon Trilogy, Book 2. By Meg Cabot. 9 cassettes or 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-1186-0, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-1190-7. $97.75.
What’s Black and White and Stinks All Over?: George Brown, Class Clown, Book 4. By Nancy Krulik. cassette or 1 CD. 1 hr. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4618-1855-7, CD: ISBN 978-1-4618-1856-4. $15.75.
A World Away. By Nancy Grossman. 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01044-0. $48..
The Land That Rock Forgot. CD. 69 min. Prod. by Brian Waite Band. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $11.99.
Music with Brian: Everyone. CD. 48 min. AV Café. 2011. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
Picasso, That’s Who! and So Can You! CD. 33 min. CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $15.
A Potluck. CD. 28 min. AV Café. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.98.
Sing Me Your Story. CD. approx. 50 min. Two of a Kind. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98.