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December 19, 2014

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Teens Review Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories,’ ‘Me. I Am Mariah,’ and ‘Kirby: Triple Deluxe’

Ghost Stories

The teens at Floral Park (NY) Memorial High School share their thoughts on recent music releases (Ghost Stories and Me, I am Mariah) and video games (Kirby: Triple Deluxe).

Children Brave Monsters Both Real and Imagined in ‘How To Catch a Bogle’ | Audio Pick

howtocatchabogle

This action-packed story about dangerous, child-eating monsters in Victorian England comes alive through well-paced, dramatically voiced narration.

Teens Review the Latest from The Fray, Foster the People, Donkey Kong | Music and Games

Donkey Kong Tropcial Freeze

Donkey Kong goes way north with Tropical Freeze, while The Fray and Foster the People continue the climb to the top of the charts with their latest albums, Helios and Supermodel.

Courageous African American WWII Sailors Profiled in The Port Chicago 50 | Audio Pick

Port Chicago 50 Audio

This powerful book that tells the story of brave men who fought the entrenched system of segregation found within the U.S. military during World War II takes on ever greater depth in audio.

Teens Review the Latest from Eric Church, Beck | Music and Games

The Outsiders

While Eric Church keeps fans guessing on The Outsiders with his combination of musical sounds, Beck continues to build on a solid career with the release of Morning Phase. Gamer alert—the Titanfall universe challenges include small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial, and man vs. machine.

Pick of the Day: Fortunately, the Milk | Audio

Fortunately, the Milk

Hilarious, captivating, and just plain fun, this is a production not to miss.

Pick of the Day: This Star Won’t Go Out | Audio

This Start Won't Go Out

This is the memoir of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer that metastasized in her lungs.

Pick of the Day: Sea Hearts | Audio

Sea Hearts

This tale of selkies and human frailty, published in print as The Brides of Rollrock Island (Knopf, 2012), will appeal to listeners looking for depth of plot and well-crafted prose.

Pick of the Day: O Pioneers! | Audio

O Pioneers

This recording is delightful and leaves one with the understanding and appreciation that the land is always there for those who take time to truly see and appreciate it.

Pick of the Day: The Boy on the Wooden Box | Audio

The Boy on the Wooden Box

A moving and heartfelt conveyance of Leon Leyson’s gratitude to his family and to Oskar Schindler.

Pick of the Day: All the Truth That’s in Me | Audio

All the Truth That’s in Me

Reluctant readers and avid ones will be clamoring for this title with enticing cover art and an original story.

Pick of the Day: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit | Audio

Randi Rhodes

Actress Octavia Spencer’s debut novel is everything a middle-grade mystery should be.

Pick of the Day: Counting by 7s | Audio

Counting by 7s audio

Robin Miles creates a believable cast of characters with appropriate accents and tones, voicing Willow’s grief, pain, and eventual hopefulness with great emotion.

Pick of the Day: Move Like an Animal | Audio

Move Like an Animal

Birdie’s Playhouse gives animals an exciting Latin flair in her newest album.

Pick of the Day: A Long Walk to Water | Audio

A Long Walk to Water audio

Differentiated, African-inspired chapter introduction music assists in delivering this parallel story of two very different, but equally difficult, lives in Sudan.

Pick of the Day: The Dream Thieves | Audio

The Dream Thieves audio

Despite not lending itself well to feminine pitches, reader Will Patton’s deep, gruff voice is an ideal match for this atmospheric and eerily beautiful story.

Pick of the Day: The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred | Audio

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

This is a delightful bilingual romp, and teachers will appreciate the chance to compare and contrast the story with the English “This is the House That Jack Built.”

Pick of the Day: Carnivores | Audio

Carnivores audio

Listeners will connect with these comically drawn characters as they learn to be true to themselves and accept who they are.

Pick of the Day: Wild Boy | Audio

Wild Boy audio

The talented narration of James Clamp brings the story to life with unique voices, such as the hooded man’s slithering, gritty hiss, and his tones and inflections when describing inanimate objects.

Pick of the Day: In the Band | Audio

In the Band audio

Haus gives romance lovers plenty to swoon over in her novel (Skyscape, 2013), and her knowledge of music, specifically the drums, makes the story very believable. Kate Rudd’s deep, throaty voice is perfect for hard-edged Riley.