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THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR Virginia Hamilton, read by Lynne Thigpen Thomas Small's world changes radically when he has to go north with his family to Ohio, where his father, a history profes- sor, has rented a house that was formerly an important station on the Underground Railroad. Lynne Thigpen's deep, resonant voice recreates this journey and the faces we meet along the way. Recorded Books 7 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Library Ed.: CD, DD THE PARKER INHERITANCE Varian Johnson, read by Cherise Boothe In assured, inquisitive tones, Cherise Boothe unfurls a clever middle-grade mys- tery. When Candace moves to Lambert, South Carolina, for the summer with her mother, she uncovers a letter containing a puzzle and a request for the reader to right a decades-old wrong against a young woman and her family. Scholastic Audiobooks 10 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: DD Thomas and Candice each set out to unravel the puzzles sur- rounding hidden treasures and their new homes. Each story is steeped in spine-tingling suspense and African- American history, and each narrator's adept performance captures charac- ters, time, and setting to provide an outstanding listening experience. IF YOU LIKE... • Immersive • Well-characterized • Intense • Own Voices • Suspenseful Audiobooks for Kids & Teens Adventure and terror abound for 14-year-old John and 12-year-old Oliver as each must learn to survive on his own, avoiding his father's pow- erful enemies. Avi's richly detailed, Dickensian plotting is effectively paired with the suspense-filled dra- matic versatility of narrators Keating and Langton in these electrifying sagas with large casts of characters who are well defined in both text and performance. P.S. If you're participating in the AudioFile Listening Challenge, these are an excellent choice for #3: Listen to two audiobooks written by the same author and performed by different narrators. IF YOU LIKE... • Distinctly voiced • Commanding • Intense • Intricately plotted • Dramatic THE TRAITORS' GATE Avi, read by John Keating The listening adventure begins when John's father is sent to debtors' prison. Keating's voice reflects John's growth from trusting schoolboy to disillusioned young adult fac- ing flawed people in a flawed world. Recorded Books 8.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Library Ed.: CD, DD THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS Avi, read by James Langton From the moment 12-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts is awakened by a raging storm, his life careens from one disastrous event to another. With his father and sister gone, Oliver must find a way to fend for himself in Victorian England, not an easy place for a boy on his own. Langton's delivery of dialogue ranges believably from refined to coarse. Recorded Books 6.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Library Ed.: CD, DD MYSTERY AND HISTORY THRILLING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR April/May 2019 n 23 Editors' Note: See our interview with narrator Cherise Boothe on page 30

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