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Children & Family Listening WAR COMES TO WILLY FREEMAN: The Arabus Family Trilogy James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier Read by Sean Crisden The first book in The Arabus Family Trilogy by the Collier brothers introduces a Connecticut family of free blacks during the Revolutionary War. Willy Freeman sees her freedom jeopardized when her father dies in battle and her mother disappears. Sean Crisden tells the story in Willy's own words, but since the listener knows she's a girl passing as a boy, his male voice seems out of place. Some listeners may also be put off by the book's liberal use of racist language—although it's authentic to the time and place. An extensive author's note at the end separates fact from fiction, helping young listeners get an accurate picture of the times in the context of well-researched historical fiction. N.E.M. AudioGO 3.75 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781609989965 $19.95 Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781935430773 $49.95 "Having been involved with the Ga'hoole series from the beginning, it's been a wonderful journey, watching the existing characters grow and enjoying the creation of new characters with every title. " —Pamela Garelick GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking Read by James Goode In their third adventure George and Annie are back assisting Annie's scientist father in his exploration of the universe's origin. Listeners are treated to a fast-paced mystery of supercomputers, a fiendish plot to hinder experiments at the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, and portal trips into space as well as mini-essays by acclaimed scientists on Newtonian, quantum, and theoretical physics. James Goode narrates with an air of melodrama and humor, using exaggeration to its fullest. Goode's voice travels the octaves as evil scientists craft plans and trails off as good scientists become lost in thought. His George and Annie characters are earnestly childlike. In nonfiction sections he slows to a pace that allows for thought. Listeners young and old will find much to learn and enjoy in this production. A.R. Recorded Books 6 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470329426 $108.75 (also CS, DD, PRE) PAIUTE PRINCESS: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca Deborah Kogan Ray Read by Christina Moore, Angela Lin Deborah Kogan Ray chronicles the i n s p i r a t i o n a l l i f e s t o r y o f Sa r a h Winnemucca, who was born in 1814 in Nevada to a northern Paiute tribe. While Christina Moore's steady, strong voice details the events of Sarah's life in the third person, Angela Lin's softer tone injects passion and feeling into Sarah's first-person accounts. The horrifying aspects of the story are delivered with suitable solemnity. Sarah never gave up on her fight to gain rights for her people even while being subjected to prejudice, diminishing land, forced relocations, government roadblocks, and prison camps, and even if it meant working with white people, which led to resentment from her own tribe. The dual narrators' rendering of the challenges she faced elicits a deep emotional response. An author's note and timeline are included. M.F.T. Recorded Books 1 hr. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470342241 $15.75 (also CS, DD) TO BE A KING: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book 11 Kathryn Lasky Read by Pamela Garelick Pamela Garelick's expert narration is a perfect match for Lasky's eleventh owl adventure. Nachtmagen, or bad magic, spreads throughout the northern kingdoms as evil lords and monstrous hagsfiends plot to overthrow the new young King Hoole and steal the powerful Ember. With the help of his close advisors, Grank and Theo, Hoole transforms the great tree into a place of learning and training for the upcoming preemptive strike on the enemy. One has only to hear the scratchy voice of Kreeth, the sonorous bass of Svenka, the authoritative crankiness of Grank, the spunky Irish lilt of Theo, and the calmness of King Hoole to envision this fantastic tale. Prior knowledge of this series is helpful but not necessary. M.F.T. Blackstone Audiobooks 5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470881207 $19.95 (also MP3, DD) Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470881214 $49.99 (also PRE) Garelick's expert narration is a perfect match for Lasky's eleventh owl adventure. 56 I AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com

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