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Audiobooks continue to surge in popularity for good reason. A strong narrator can elevate a book through their skillful reading, adding texture through regional accents or the way they infuse emotion into their deliveries. Many audiobook aficionados have favorite narrators and seek out their next books on the basis of who reads them. Below are some great middle-grade titles out this year that are equally successful in print and audio. In keeping with the broad developmental and age ranges covered by this category, their audiences range from early elementary through early high school. Many would be ideal for family listening and discussion. - Kirkus, August 8, 2022

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Maizy Chen's Last Chance

By Lisa Yee
Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family’s Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.

Welcome to the Golden Palace!

Maizy has never been to Last Chance, Minnesota . . . until now. Her mom’s plan is just to stay for a couple weeks, until her... Read more »

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Dream, Annie, Dream

By Waka T. Brown
Narrated by: Sophie Oda
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

In this empowering deconstruction of the so-called American Dream, a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl grapples with, and ultimately rises above, the racism and trials of middle school she experiences while chasing her dreams.

As the daughter of immigrants who came to America for a better life, Annie Inoue was raised to dream big. And at the...

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The School for Whatnots

By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Narrated by: Lillie Ricciardi
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

From master of suspense author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes another page-turning stand-alone adventure perfect for fans of Cog and Bad Magic.

No matter what anyone tells you, I’m real.

That’s what the note says that Max finds under his keyboard.

He knows that his best friend, Josie, wrote it. He’d know her handwriting anywhere. But why she wrote...

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Zara's Rules for Record-Breaking Fun

Zara's Rules

By Hena Khan
Narrated by: Subhadra Newton
Length: 2 hours 7 minutes

From the beloved author of Amina’s Voice comes an all-new middle grade series starring a young Muslim girl determined to break a Guinness World Record and prove she’s still the master of fun among the neighborhood kids.

Zara Saleem is the queen of the neighborhood.

Zara’s in charge of it all: she organizes the games, picks the teams, and always... Read more »

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The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan

By Salma Hussain
Narrated by: Asia Mattu
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

Mona learns to find her voice over the course of a year that sees her immigrating from Dubai to Canada in this novel for fans of Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mona Hasan is a young Muslim girl growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the first Gulf War breaks out in 1991. The war isn’t what she expects — “We didn’t even get any days off... Read more »

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Unfadeable

By Maurice Broaddus
Narrated by: Jordan Cobb
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

A Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club Pick!

Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Kelly Yang, readers will love this heartfelt and genuine story about building community, finding family, and the power of Black girl magic. 

Bella “Unfadeable” Fades is determined to stay out of trouble. A wiser-than-her-years graffiti artist known for tagging...

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Caprice

By Coe Booth
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

From the groundbreaking author of Tyrell, an astonishing middle-grade novel about a girl overcoming the secrets and abuse of her past.
This should be an exciting time for Caprice. She has been offered a place at the school of her dreams, where she's just had a fantastic summer. But this great opportunity coincides with a lot of internal doubt and... Read more »

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Singing with Elephants

By Margarita Engle
Narrated by: Carla Corvo
Length: 2 hours 19 minutes

A powerful novel in verse from Newbery and Pura Belpré Award-winning author Margarita Engle about the friendship between a young girl and the poet Gabriela Mistral that leads to healing and hope for both of them.

Cuban-born eleven-year-old Oriol lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she struggles to belong. But most of the time that’s okay,... Read more »

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The Summer of June

By Jamie Sumner
Narrated by: Lillie Ricciardi
Length: 4 hours 36 minutes

From the acclaimed author of Tune It Out and Roll with It comes an inspirational and engaging middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer.

Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and... Read more »

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In the Beautiful Country

By Jane Kuo
Narrated by: Sura Siu
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

For fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại, this is a stunning novel in verse about a young Taiwanese immigrant to America who is confronted by the stark difference between dreams and reality.

Anna can’t wait to move to the beautiful country—the Chinese name for America. Although she’s only ever known life in Taiwan, she can’t help but brag about...

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The Kaya Girl

By Mamle Wolo
Narrated by: Ekua Ekeme
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

This rags-to-riches story by an award-winning Ghanaian author has page-turning appeal with luminous literary resonance. 

Writing with effortlessly engaging prose, Wolo showcases the interweaving layers of Ghanaian culture to create a prismatic, multifaceted world in which two young girls, against all odds, are able to find each other.
 
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