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redstarFreedom Summer. (American Experience). 115 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781627890229.
Gr 7 Up –Documentary filmmaker and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson brings viewers up close and personal with the events of 1964, when civic-minded (mostly) college students canvassed Mississippi, encouraging voter registration among the black population. The film covers the three goals of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s “Mississippi Summer Project”: to register blacks to vote, to teach black history and literature, and to send an integrated delegation to challenge the all-white delegation at the Democratic National Convention. There is also pointed coverage of the disappearance of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, whose fates are revealed about 75 minutes into the two-hour film. Nelson mixes historic footage and photographs with interviews of those who organized, participated in, campaigned for, and, in one case, opposed voter registration efforts. Nelson’s current-day interviews often juxtapose 70something participants’ wisdom with their starry-eyed and articulate younger selves from 50 years ago. Despite a few tough scenes of white police officers wielding batons and hate-filled comments, the film could be used with older middle school students for an initial foray into broad civil rights topics and with high school classes ready for a more complex examination of specific issues. Discussion questions and supplemental educational material is available in the teachers’ resources section at PBS.org. This valuable, compelling film will hold the attention of audiences and will attract viewers even outside the classroom.–Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School. Fort Worth, TX

redstarANDERS, Lou. Frostborn. 7 CDs. 8:40 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $45. ISBN 9780553395860. digital download.
Gr 3-7 –Karn was born to be the hauld, the lord of his family’s farm, but he would rather play the board game “Thrones and Bones” and travel the world. Thianna has always felt torn between two worlds as a half-human, half-frost giant and wishes she were a full frost giant. Karn’s uncle would do anything to steal Karn’s place as heir, and Thianna’s mother hides a dangerous secret from her people that could cost Thianna her life and place with the frost giants. As a result, Karn and Thianna are forced to flee as their enemies unite, and only their bravery can save them from wyvern-riding soldiers, a dragon, and the undead. The two will learn that sometimes you must embrace who you are to gain what you really want. Anders has created a believable and exciting world and an interesting board game, which is included on the last disk. Fabio Tassone turns in an impressive performance, giving each of the characters his or her own accent and personality. Fans of Vikings and action and adventure with a touch of fantasy will be drawn to this title.–Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY

redstarBlakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $45. ISBN 9781490627595. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 4-6 –The year is 1953, and fifth grader Hazel Kaplansky is a girl in search of a mystery. When rumors begin flying that the Russians are operating a spy ring right in her small New England town, Hazel knows she is the girl for the case. She’s the smartest, most relentless person she knows, and she’s ready to put her surveillance skills to the test. Her number-one suspect is the mysterious Mr. Jones, the recently hired gravedigger in her parents’ cemetery. With the help of the new boy at school, Samuel, Hazel sets out to expose the truth. Narrator Meredith Orlow perfectly captures the spirit of this Cold War–era story, portraying neighbors turning against neighbors and whispers becoming rumors and lies. Orlow uses distinct voices for everyone, allowing each character’s unique personality to shine. The result is a twisting, turning period mystery featuring a dynamic heroine in search of answers during an unsettling time in American history.–Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA

redstarGEORGE, Jean Craighead. Ice Whale. 4 CDs. 4:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $46.75. ISBN 9781490630212. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 4-6 –This magnificent story begins with Toozak‚ a Yup’ik Eskimo boy in Alaska, staring at a whaling ship with a red, white, and blue flag. When Toozak unknowingly leads the Yankee ships to the whales’ feeding grounds, the animals are slaughtered. For this, the village shaman declares Toozak’s family cursed until one of them can save the life of Siku, a young ice whale or the whale saves them. The late George is wondrous when writing about the natural world, and narrator Christina Moore captures the emotional story in a strong, lyrical and imaginative way—told in two voices, whale and human. Moore’s distinctive narrative style helps capture the primal link humans share with nature. Expressive, thrilling, and, at times, sad, this is an exhilarating audiobook highlighting the interconnectedness of the Alaskan Native culture and the inhabitants of the Beaufort Sea. Real recordings of bowhead whales are used to render the whale speech, and it is delightful to hear actual whale clicks, whistles, and calls throughout the book.—Jennifer Mann, Cromaine District Library, Hartland, MI

redstarParenteau, Shirley. Ship of Dolls. 5 CDs. 5:20 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781491502259.
Gr 3-7 –Lexie Lewis is a troubled 11-year-old girl whose life is in turmoil because of the death of her father and absence of her mother. Lexie’s mother prefers her new husband and carefree lifestyle to the responsibilities of motherhood, and she sends her daughter to live with her paternal grandparents in Portland, OR. Meanwhile, Lexie’s school class participates in a remarkable, little-known historical event, the 1926 Friendship Doll exchange with Japan, and Lexie encounters injustice when a condescending classmate steals her entry in the doll contest and wins a trip to San Francisco, where Lexie’s mother resides. Lexie desperately wants to be reunited with her mother, so she perseveres, realistically growing in maturity. Eventually, she realizes that love is more about steadfastness than glamour and constant excitement and that true friendship might come in the form of an annoying boy. Fascinating historical details about life in the 1920s, including travel by ship to pre-Golden Gate San Francisco, are seamlessly woven throughout the story. Kate Reinders’s narration is masterfully performed. This is a captivating tale that may motivate students to seek additional information about the 1920s and the Friendship Doll exchange, including viewing the online doll photographs and background details.–Rebecca R. James, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN

redstarFleming, Candace. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. 8 CDs. 9:23 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $50. ISBN 9780553395303. digital download.
Gr 9 Up –Listeners need not have a background in Russian history to enjoy Fleming’s account of the dramatic rise and fall of the last Russian royal family. Kimberley Farr, along with a cast of voice actors, reads stories of the opulence in the palace and the destitution—ultimately leading to revolution—in the streets. Differing from most Russian history targeted for this age group (which often feature the Grand Duchess Anastasia as the key or only player), Fleming makes a great effort to go deeper. Addressing everything from the relationship between Alexandra and Rasputin to the vivid description of the sheltered lives of the Romanov children, Fleming’s expertly researched account is engaging. While targeted to young adults, this would hold great appeal to adults as well. Farr’s narration combined with Fleming’s brilliantly researched writing will surely provide sustenance for those seeking meaty, narrative nonfiction.–Mary Medinsky, Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada

redstarPattou, Edith. Ghosting. 1 MP3-CD. 4:25 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $9.99. ISBN 9781491529638.
Gr 7 Up –After a failed family move to Colorado, Maxie has returned to the Midwestern town where she grew up. School begins on Monday, and she’s nervous about how she’ll fit in after having been away. When Emma, her former best friend, reluctantly invites her to a party, it sets in motion an evening full of self-discovery and mistakes in judgment that puts them on a collision course with tragedy. The story pulls listeners in, told in alternating voices and viewpoints by the two girls; friends Felix and Chloe; Brendan, Emma’s very angry and impulsive boyfriend; and Anil, a quiet, very smart son of two physicians. The tension ramps steadily upward, and the cast of characters expands to include a sad and possibly mentally ill boy living with his grandmother as well as the sheriff and Emma’s younger sister, Faith. This is a terrific audiobook, one that will resonate with teens, especially those who have had similar experiences. The large cast, which includes Kate Rudd, Kate Reinders, and Nick Podehl, is excellent. A great choice for both school and public libraries.–John R. Clark, Hartland Public Library, ME

redstarVan Wagenen, Maya. Popular. 6 CDs. 6:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $66.75. ISBN 9781490620978. Playaway, digital download.

Gr 7 Up –Though it entertains like fiction, this audiobook is a true story about a girl who conceived of an experiment in which she used a guide to popularity from the 1950s in hopes of escaping the bottom rung of the middle school social ladder. Each month, Van Wagenen chose a different chapter from Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide to follow in her quest to become more popular. The story is hilarious, heartbreaking, and heart-warming. Her actions included changing her hair style regularly, wearing a skirt (unheard of in her school), using Vaseline around her eyes to simulate eye make-up, and sitting with different groups at lunch to try to make friends. She wore hat and gloves to church and pearls everywhere, as Cornell suggests, and even added a girdle and stockings to her wardrobe. Van Wagenen’s best friend wasn’t privy to the experiment and thought that Maya was going completely out of her mind. The teen experienced many surprises as a result of her experiment, especially the fact that her new outgoing attitude encouraged other wallflowers. In the end, Van Wagenen gains confidence and a sense of self-worth that will last a lifetime. Narrators Amber Faith and Lee Adams portray teens and adults with realism and personality.–Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA

redstarAustralian Playground. Various performers. CD. Approx. 27 min. Putumayo Kids. 2014. $14.98. ISBN unavail.
PreS-Gr 3 –This excellent album showcases the diversity of Australia’s music for children, featuring aboriginal folk, rock, blues, and Dixieland jazz styles. The many musicians give excellent performances on such instruments as guitar, ukulele, saxophone, drums, percussion, harmonica, brass, and didgeridoo. Several of the singers belt out their songs with strong Aussie accents. These mostly upbeat and fun songs include “Mango Rain” (Seaman Dan), “Mirri” (Garrangali, which means “descendants of the crocodile”), “Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees” (Bob Brown), “Kangaroo (the Super Marsupial)” (Don Spencer), “The Road to Gundagai” (The Band of the South Australia Police), and “Waltzing Matilda” (Lazy Harry). One percent of sales will be contributed to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. A lively addition to children’s world music collections.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

redstarThe Bossy E. Performed by Mister G. CD. approx. 26 min. Coil Records. 2014. $15. ISBN unavail.
Gr K-5 –Mister G brings the funk with his first English language CD since 2011. With help from guests, such as Senegalese tama master Massamba Diop and musician Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, Mister G makes his message about reading and creativity nonstop fun. Mixing a variety of beats and musical styles, Mister G highlights the jazz flute on “Love to Read” and sets “The Bossy E,” about the power of adding an “e” at the end of words, to a surf rock melody with great success. The subject matter of the 10 original songs covers everything from the joys of going to camp and the pain of being stuck grocery shopping rather than outside playing to Daddy snoring so loudly that no one can sleep. Public librarians will enjoy Mister G’s ode to summer reading in “Everything’s Free at the Library.” The inclusion of the then nine-year-old Mister G performing Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” as the last song on the album is a nice demonstration that childhood dreams can come true. A solid addition to every collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

redstarGood Egg. Performed by Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights. CD. 43 min. Limbostar. 2014. $15. ISBN unavail.
PreS-Gr 5 –Leeds’s sixth album for children is packed with 15 original songs that include a variety of subjects, such as a child’s brother getting in trouble at school for a food fight, a visit to the pediatrician, and a dinosaur walking on the Upper West Side. Whether tackling rock, gospel, punk, pop, or rap, Leeds perfectly matches the musical style to the tone of the song. Smart lyrics elevate each so that they are not only relatable to children but also enjoyable to adults. Many parents will recognize either themselves or other adults in “Hipster in the Making,” while children who march to their own drum will appreciate “Confusing Costume,” about a child who prefers to dress as a president or scientist for Halloween and must be ready to answer the question “Who are you supposed to be?” With the ability to appeal to older children while still entertaining younger siblings and parents, this family album is a must-have for every collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

redstarJust Say Hi! Performed by Brady Rymer. CD. 38 min. Bumblin Bee Records. 2014. $13.98. ISBN unavail.
PreS-Gr 3 –Listeners of all ages will be hoppin’ and boppin’ to Rymer’s seventh album. This well-crafted, musically thoughtful album of original songs leads listeners into another world with stories of being brave when meeting someone new or having a crush on the ice cream girl. Toe-tappin’ rockabilly, funky New Orleans beats, cool reggae, and always-fun ragtime make for a well-rounded musical journey. If anyone in the family is feeling down, just play “Dance ’til I Drop” or “Gettin’ My Ya Ya’s Out.” The humorous “Pet Song” is sung from the perspective of the pet who is thankful for all of the nice things his owner does for him. “Light of Love” closes the album with an inspirational message of “shining your little light of love on anyone you meet.” The professional production quality and high level of musicianship make this a top-notch choice for any library. Adults may find themselves listening to this CD even when the kiddos are nowhere to be found. This album will be a huge hit.–Caitlyn Walsh, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

redstarPrecious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies. Performed by Darryl Tookes & Joe Beck. CD. 36 min. MGP Records. 2014. $12.98. ISBN unavail.
PreS-Gr 2 –This gorgeous, sophisticated album, a partnership between singer Darryl Tookes and the late Grammy-nominated guitarist Joe Beck, was 17 years in the making, and well worth the wait. The combination of Tookes’s beautiful baritone, amazing arrangements, and tender lyrics makes this album completely unique to children’s music. Pop/jazz/gospel influences are evident as Tookes and Beck put their own spin on traditional songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” Rock A Bye Baby,” and “Brahm’s Lullaby.” Original songs “Daddy’s Girl” and “Precious Child” will pull at every parent’s heartstrings. This must-have album is unlike anything else out there for families.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

redstarRaise Your Hand. The Not-Its! CD. 41 min. Little Loopy Records. 2014. $8.15. ISBN unavail.
K-Gr 5 –The Not-Its! turn out high-energy kindie rock/punk rock songs for the elementary-aged set. Their latest effort is filled with 15 songs and opens with the high-octane “Funniest Cat Video,” about an unsuccessful attempt to film a pet cat. Highlights include “Motorcycle Mom” (a rocking song about a mother who is the “Queen of Cool”), “Nose in a Book” (a driving tune celebrating a love for reading), “Flannel Jammies” (an anthem about being comfy at home), and “Hey 80s” (a folk rock acoustic tune filled with nostalgia for the 1980s). They change up musical tempos, four-part harmonies, and instrumentation to match the feeling and emotion expressed in each song. They consistently offer innovative points of view and topics, with precision and excellence. This fine, fresh addition to their body of work will be enjoyed by children of all ages (adults, too!).–Stephanie Bange, Wright State University, Dayton, OH


redstarGeraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way. 86 min. Dist. by the Video Project. 2014. $89. ISBN unavail.
Gr 9 Up –Filmmaker Donna Zaccaro, daughter of Geraldine Ferraro, has created an inspiring, uplifting biography of her mother, the first female vice president nominee. Zaccaro delves into the details of Ferraro’s early life and the struggles she faced growing up. Ferraro was named after an older brother who was killed in an automobile accident, and living in his shadow affected her deeply. Her father passed away when she was only eight, and the documentary recounts how she overcame adversity and poverty to succeed in politics and law, becoming a strong advocate for equal rights. Her message, in the words of her own mother, was “You can be whatever you want to be, as long as you work hard.” As a result, Ferraro helped to lay the groundwork for women in politics today. The film takes viewers back in time with historical footage interlaid with current interviews with many newsworthy figures, such as Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, among others. Ferraro’s life story is a testament to the power of hard work and perseverance. For the most part, this film is a tribute to Ferraro, though it also covers controversies during and after her campaign. Fast paced, informative, and captivating, this profile has just the right combination of interviews and historical footage to hold viewers’ attention throughout. (It originally aired on Showtime.)–Ellen Frank, Flushing High School, New York, NY

redstarThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History. 14 hrs. Dist. by PBS. 2014. DVD $99.99. Blu-ray $129.99. ISBN 9781627890502.
Gr 9 Up –The political dynasty formed by Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt changed the face and future of America, and this comprehensive biography, directed by Ken Burns, spans the years from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Using some familiar images but many more rarely seen photographs and film footage, Burns deploys his now well-known technique of close-ups of the archival material to paint intimate portraits of the three Roosevelts and the eras that they dominated. The seven episodes examine the complex human beings operating behind the politics. Born to wealth and comfort, each overcame early tragedies and disappointments to develop a life view based on their own courage and vision, resulting in lifelong and selfless public service. Although he obviously admires his subjects, Burns presents their flaws as parents, spouses, and political leaders. Theodore is depicted as a lover of war and an advocate of an imperial America. Franklin was slow in his renunciation of segregation, and he approved the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and did little to help the Jews of Europe. The engaging commentary from historians—Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough—and the narration and voice-overs by Paul Giametti as Teddy and Meryl Streep as Eleanor make this as engrossing to listen to as to watch. While the program’s length makes it difficult to use in the classroom, pertinent sections of the series will greatly enhance the study of the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, and World War II. Highly recommended for all school media collections.–Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly Trinity-Pawling School Library, Pawling, NY

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:


Preschool to Grade 4

Bailey. 7 min. Dist. by Dreamscape Media. 2014. $38.99. ISBN 9781629239538.

Brave Girl. 9 min. Dist. by Dreamscape Media. 2014. $38.99. ISBN 9781629238319.

Doug Unplugs on the Farm. 4:30 min. Dist. by Dreamscape Media. 2014. $38.99. ISBN 9781629236292.

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom. (Gustafer Yellowgold). 100 min. w/CD. Dist. by Apple Eye Productions. GustaferYellowGold.com. 2014. $20. UPC 616892224648.

Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures. (Martha Speaks). 75 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. $11.99. ISBN 9781608830398.

Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and Other Really Big Problems! 100 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. $12.99. ISBN 9781627890236.

Grades 5 Up

The Anonymous People. 54 min. Dist by Kino Lorber Edu. 2013. PPR $250. DSL $499. PPR and DSL $599. ISBN unavail.

Comfort Zone: A Film About Change. 67min. Dist. by Comfort Zone Project. Comfortzoneproject.com. 2014. Group license $50. w/institutional license $195. UPC 888295050661.

The Equation of Life. 32 min. Dist. by Shelter Island. 2014. $16.98. ISBN 9781939517289.

Fabulous Frogs. (Nature). 60 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. DVD $19.99. Blu-ray $24.99. ISBN 9781627890731.

The Greater Good. 84 min. Dist. by Janson Media. 2014. $18.95. UPC 646032056891.

Growing Cities. 92 min and 58 min. Dist. by Collective Eye Films. 2014. DVD $195; without PPR $39.00. Digital $295. ISBN 9781628906103.

Honor & Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story. 28 min. Dist. by Stourwater Pictures. Honordoc.com. 2013. $69. PPR $150. ISBN unavail.

James McNeill Whistler: The Case for Beauty. 53 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781627890212.

Race to Nowhere. 85 min. Classroom edition 60 min., 27 min., or 13 min. w/246-page facilitation guide and companion resource. Dist. by Reel Link Films. Racetonowhere.com. 2010, released in 2012. $295. ISBN 9780615443287.

Stolen Education. 67 min. Dist. by the Video Project. 2014. $89. ISBN unavail.

Sweet Dreams. 56 min. Dist. by Liro Films. Sweetdreamsrwanda.com. 2014. Schools $195. 1 year streaming rights $150. Three years streaming rights $350. ISBN unavail.


early elementary

Bardoe, Cheryl. Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle. 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. 2014. $15.75. ISBN 9781490621241. digital download.

DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. (Tales from Deckawoo Drive). 1 CD. 1 hr. Books on Tape. 2014. $15. ISBN 9780804122245. digital download.

Ganz-Schmitt, Sue. Planet Kindergarten. 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. 2014. $15.75. ISBN 9781490632254. digital download.

Harley, Bill. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull. (Charlie Bumpers: Bk. 3). 2 CDs. 2:19 hrs. Peachtree Publishers. 2014. $16.95. ISBN 9781561458097.

Judge, Lita. Flight School. 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. 2014. $15.75. ISBN 9781490632292. digital download.

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody, Mood Martian. (Judy Moody: Bk. 12). 2 CDs. 2:11 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781491502365.

middle grade

ANGLEBERGER, Tom. Poop Fountain! (The Qwikpick Papers). 2 CDs. 1:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $15.75. ISBN 9781490630595. Playaway, digital download.

Barrows, Annie. The Magic Half. 4 CDs. 4:43 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. $39.99. ISBN 9781629239071. 1 MP3-CD.

Bragg, Georgia. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous. 4 CDs. 4 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $46.75. ISBN 9781490632339. Playaway, digital download.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Battle for WondLa. (The Search for WondLa: Bk. 3). 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781442369504. digital download.

d’LACEY, Chris. A Dark Inheritance. 6 CDs. 6:25 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2014. $29.99. ISBN 9780545675703.

Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost. 5 CDs. 5:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $51.75. ISBN 9781490620930. Playaway, digital download.

Green, Jen. The Planets and the Solar System. 2 CDs. 2:39 hrs. Naxos. 2014. $17.98. ISBN 978184797852. digital download.

Greenwald, Tommy. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money. 3 CDs. 3:21 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $19.99. ISBN 9781480504974.

Jennings, Patrick. Guinea Dog Collection: Books 1-3. 8 CDs. 9 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $50. ISBN 9780553396393. digital download.

Korman, Gordon. Memory Maze. (The Hypnotists: Bk. 2). 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Scholastic Audio. 2014. ISBN 9780545677332.

MARSDEN, John. The Year My Life Broke. 3 CDs. 2:37 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $14.99. ISBN 9781486212972.

Rocklin, Joanne. Fleabrain Loves Franny. 6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $40. ISBN 9780553396652. digital download.

young adult

Block, Francesca Lia. The Island of Excess Love. (Love in Time of Global Warming: Bk. 2). 4 CDs. 4:51 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 978146927760.

FANTASKEY, Beth. Buzz Kill. 8 CDs. 9:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $87.75. ISBN 9781470398071. Playaway, digital download.

FORD, Gabrielle with Sarah Thomson. Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up for America’s Bullied. 3 CDs. 3:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $30.75. ISBN 9781490625249. Playaway, digital download.

Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 7 CDs. 8:25 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $77.75. ISBN 9781490619385. Playaway, digital download.

Kiernan, Celine. Into the Grey. 7 CDs. 8:22 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781491502198.

Lee, Lori M. Gates of Thread and Stone. 1 MP3-CD. 9 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $9.99. ISBN 9781491525494.

Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. 11 CDs. 12:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $108.75. ISBN 9781490620893. Playaway, digital download.

Shirvington, Jessica. One Past Midnight. 7 CDs. 8:10 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $59.97. ISBN 9781491526606.

Simukka, Salla. As Red as Blood. 5 CDs. 6:10 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $52.97. ISBN 9781491508541.

Squires, Megan. The Rules of Regret. 8 CDs. 8:58 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $14.99. ISBN 9781491533468.

Various authors. One Death, Nine Stories. 3 CDs. 3:30 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $24.99. ISBN 9781491502341.

Weber, Mary. Storm Siren. 8 CDs. 10 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $52.97. ISBN 9781491522578.


Allons Dancer! (Let’s Dance!). Performed by Marie-Louise Desage & Didier Prossaird. CD. approx. 40 min. Whistlefritz. 2014. $14.99. ISBN unavail.

Aqui, Alla. Performed by Lucky Diaz la Familia Musica. CD. Approx. 25 min. Rainy Day Dimes Music. 2014. $10.99. ISBN unavail.

As the Crow Flies. Performed by Dan Crow. CD. 40 min. Alls House Music. 2014. $15. ISBN unavail.

A Baker’s Dozen. Performed by Battersby Duo. CD. 35 min. BatDuo Music Publishing. 2014. $12.98. ISBN unavail.

If We Must We Must. Performed by The Good Ms. Padgett. CD. 33 min. Prod. by Anna Padgett and Daniel Littleton. 2014. $12. ISBN unavail.

Jeff & Paige Get Outdoors! Performed by Jeff Kagan & Paige Doughty. CD. 65 min. Rocky Mountain Music. 2014. $15. ISBN unavail.

Laurie Berkner Lullabies. Performed by Laurie Berkner. CD. 52 min. Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie. 2014. $13.98. ISBN unavail.

Love Bug. Performed by Raffi. CD. Approx. 42 min. Troubador Music. 2014. $12.99. ISBN unavail.

Lucky #3. Performed by Shad Weathersby. CD. Approx. 42 min. Singing Rock Records. 2014. $12.97. ISBN unavail.

The Perfect Quirk. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. CD. 37 min. Underground Playground Records. 2014. $14.99. ISBN 616892207740.

¡Sabor!: Spanish Learning Songs. Performed by Jorge Anaya. CD. Approx. 40 min. Whistlefritz. 2014. $14.99. ISBN unavail.

Sea Blue Sea. Performed by The Whizpops! 1 CD. Approx. 38 min. Stretch McCoy Records. 2014. $9.99. ISBN unavail.

Smart Songs for Active Children. Performed by Vincent Nunes. CD. 48 min. Lighthouse Records. 2014. $15. ISBN 9780989874106.

Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort. Performed by Edie Carey and Sarah Sample. CD. 49 min. Groundloop Records. 2014. ISBN unavail. $15.

¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! Performed by Andrés Salguero. CD. Approx. 31 min. Salsana Records. 2014. $10. ISBN unavail.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.