Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Spotlight on: Children's Audiobooks

I'm one of the library's resident audio book fanatics, and it has been a while since I have highlighted the wonderful new children's audiobooks we have in the library, so here it goes:

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, by Adrienne Kress
This book is one of my all-time favorites. New author Adrienne Kress has created Alex (short for Alexandra) to be a wonderfully smart, brave, spunky heroine, and narrator Christopher Lane does a phenomenal job in bringing Alex's voice to life. Orphaned Alex lives with her loving uncle and attends a private school. Life is ordinary until her teacher is kidnapped by pirates and Alex must come to his rescue. Along the way she is held hostage by little old ladies, she reasons with an overly-dramatic octopus, and she works to find buried treasure! A "must listen" adventure.

The "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, by Rick Riordan
In my opinion, one of the best children's fantasy series ever. Percy and his friends are realistic, likeable characters who struggle with the same issues all kids do: making friends and fitting in, doing the right thing, and finding who they really are. The only difference is that they are demi-gods (half Greek god, half human) who must fight monsters and protect the world from the evil titans. These books (four in the series so far) are exciting, humorous, and equally appealing to boys and girls. Narrator Jesse Bernstein expertly voices the series. I can't wait for the next one!
If you're looking for a short, fun, magical book, look no further than Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer, narrated by L.J. Ganser. As she is walking through the woods one day, Clemency is attacked by an evil fairy. In her attempt to save herself, Clemency shouts "I don't believe in fairies!" seven times. The end result is that, in addition to killing the attacking fairy, Clemency has also accidentally killed six other fairies, many of whom are good. With the help of a hobgoblin, Clemency must then travel around the world to re-animate the fairies and help the humans the fairies were assisting. There are now two sequels to Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer, both of which the library owns, either in book form or downloadable audio format:
If you'd like to place any of these items on hold, please click on their titles for a link to the catalog.

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