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THE ELEPHANT THIEF Jane Kerr Read by Robin Laing The whole family will enjoy listening to this fast-paced Dickensian adventure set in nineteenth-century Great Britain. The story centers around a mute, orphaned pickpocket who goes on the journey of a lifetime when he is hired as a publicity stunt to ride an elephant from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Manchester, England. Kerr adds mystery, double-crosses, danger, and intrigue to embellish the true story of an actual circus elephant that was sold at an 1872 Scottish auction to the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens. Narrator Robin Laing's accents enhance the char- acterizations—from the English accent of the menagerie owner to the Indian lilt of the elephant trainer and the Scottish brogue of the vicious Edinburgh street gang leader. S.C. Recorded Books 8.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781501990779 $87.75 (also DD) THE HEY JACK COLLECTION #2 (BOOKS 6-10) Sally Rippin Read by Rupert Degas Narrator Rupert Degas's thoughtful deliv- ery is perfect for these short stories—three chapters each—all of which begin by announcing 7-year-old Jack's mood. In "The New Friend," Jack, who is Australian, sounds grouchy because his friend is on vacation and he's left with his dad. The loving relationship between father and son is apparent in their conversations after they find a lost dog. Jack is excited in "The Worst Sleepover," in which Degas dramatizes young boys' emotions and realization that they need to consider each other's feelings. In "The Lost Reindeer," Jack, his family, and his friend Billie go on a Christmas picnic. Jack and his dad get separated, a situation that Degas conveys flawlessly from its sad outset to its joy at their being reunited. Young listeners will enjoy hearing about a different country's everyday life and holiday traditions. S.G.B. Bolinda Audio 50 mins. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: MP3 ISBN 9781489444011 $19.99 (also DD) THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Unicorn Rescue Society, Book 1 Adam Gidwitz Read by January LaVoy Narrator January LaVoy shows off her many voices while portraying Elliot, the fact-loving new kid at school, and Uchenna, a free spirit with a sense of adventure. The two become fast friends during a field trip to the Pine Barrens. While there, they have a run-in with the mythical Jersey Devil, who follows them home and escapes soon after. To rescue the mythical creature, they decide to team up with Professor Fauna. LaVoy transi- tions between characters so seamlessly that it sounds like there's more than one narrator. The emotions, especially the humor, throughout this well-crafted pro- duction create an enjoyable story. A.M. Listening Library 2 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525530367 $11.00 Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525530374 $28.00 GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS: 200 Tales of Extraordinary Women Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo Read by Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, et al. Buy this audiobook for yourself and for t h e y o u n g p e o p l e i n y o u r l i f e . T h e stories, expertly read by a cast of fantastic performers, are inspiring, moving, and empowering. Each biography is about two minutes long and introduces a rebel woman from ancient history to modern times. Some are household names (Jane Austen); others will be new to listeners (astronomer Wang Zhenyi). The biogra- phies are arranged alphabetically and span the globe. The women profiled excelled at politics, sports, science, the arts, and more. The lively, engaging performances from narrators Mozhan Marnò, Ashley Judd, Esperanza Spalding, and others propel you to listen to the next profile and then the next. Girls can become whatever they want, and here are 200 true-life sto- ries to prove it. C.B.L. Listening Library 7 hrs. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525643500 $30.00 August/September 2018 n 65 Children & Family Listening

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