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Check out favorite middle grade reads from the bus - now in audiobook!

Alice Austen Lived Here

By: Alex Gino
Narrated by: Alex Gino
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

From the award-winning author of Melissa, a phenomenal story about queerness past, present, and future.Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's familyis very cool with it... as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their... Read more

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All You Knead Is Love

By: Tanya Guerrero
Narrated by: Becca Q. Co
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

Twelve-year-old Alba doesn't want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona.

But her mother needs her to be far, far away from their home in New York City. Because this is the year that her mother is going to leave Alba's abusive father. Hopefully. If she's strong enough to finally, finally do it.

Alba is surprised to find that she... Read more

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Birdie and Me

By: J. M. M. Nuanez
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

* "Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin's The Thing about Jellyfish. Highly recommended."--School Library Journal, starred review

An emotional and uplifting debut about a girl named Jack and her gender creative little brother, Birdie, searching for the place where... Read more

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Different Kinds of Fruit

By: Kyle Lukoff
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris & Kyle Lukoff
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

In this funny and hugely heartfelt novel from the Newbery Honor-winning author of Too Bright to See, a sixth-grader's life is turned upside down when she learns her dad is trans

Annabelle Blake fully expects this school year to be the same as every other: same teachers, same classmates, same, same, same. So she’s elated to discover there’s a new... Read more

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Frankie & Bug

By: Gayle Forman
Narrated by: Stockard Channing
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

“I loved Frankie & Bug! It is a middle grade fiction about a girl named Bug set in the summer of 1987. It is about family, friendship, as well learning about the world around her. All the characters are wonderful and I love the characters of Frankie and Bug especially. The diversity in the story is really great. The story is exciting and also... Read more

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Hurricane Child

By: Kacen Callender
Narrated by: Krystel Roche
Length: 4 hours 37 minutes

Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She's hated by everyone in her small... Read more

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King and the Dragonflies

By: Kacen Callender
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

“Kingston (King) James and his parents are grieving the loss of Khalid-- King's older brother. When Khalid was alive and the two shared a bedroom, he would talk in his sleep, telling his younger brother stories about the universe and its magic. King continues to see Khalid in his dreams, and is convinced Khalid has transformed into a dragonfly.... Read more

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Rick

By: Alex Gino
Length: 3 hours 27 minutes

From the award-winning author of Melissa, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date... Read more

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Spin with Me

By: Ami Polonsky
Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson comes a thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Ami Polonsky's Spin with Me.

In this elegant dual narrative, Essie is a thirteen-year-old girl feeling glum about starting a new school after her professor dad takes a temporary teaching... Read more

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Nikhil Out Loud

By: Maulik Pancholy
Narrated by: Maulik Pancholy
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBTQ+ Middle GradeFrom the acclaimed actor and Stonewall Honor–winning author of The Best at It, Maulik Pancholy, comes a new middle grade novel about a gay Indian American boy who learns the power of using his voice. For fans of Merci Suárez Changes Gears and Better Nate Than Ever.Thirteen-year-old Nikhil Shah... Read more

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Fight + Flight

By: Jules Machias
Narrated by: Hayden Bishop & Gail Shalan
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

Jules Machias, author of Indie Next List Pick Both Can Be True, delivers another inspiring story about how an unexpected friendship transforms the lives of two middle schoolers.Avery Hart lives for the thrill and speed of her dirt bike and the pounding thump of her drum kit. But after she’s diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a... Read more

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The Civil War of Amos Abernathy

By: Michael Leali
Narrated by: Mark Sanderlin
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

An ALA Rainbow Book List Top 10 Selection * Golden Kite Award Winner * New York Public Library Best Books for Kids * ALA Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth * Jane Addams Award finalist * Lambda Literary Award FinalistA heartfelt debut novel about a boy’s attempt to find himself in the history he loves—perfect for fans of Dear Sweet Pea and... Read more

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Too Bright to See

By: Kyle Lukoff
Narrated by: Jax Jackson & Kyle Lukoff
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

“This spooky and thoughtful book follows Bug, a soon to be middle schooler. How do you handle your uncle’s death when he’s still haunting your house, and when he seems to have a message for you? How can you “be you” when you don’t know what that means yet? Read more

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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

By: Alex Gino
Length: 4 hours 59 minutes

Alex Gino, the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of George, is back with another sensitive tale based on increasingly relevant social justice issues.Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister, Emma, is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. The world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and... Read more

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Cattywampus

By: Ash Van Otterloo
Narrated by: Raechel Wong
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

In the town of Howler's Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits. Only nothing makes Delpha McGill's skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family's secret book of hexes, she's itching to use it to banish her mama's money troubles. She just has to keep it quieter than a church mouse—not exactly Delpha's specialty.

Trouble is,... Read more

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Drew Leclair Gets a Clue

By: Katryn Bury
Narrated by: Devon Hales
Length: 6 hours 27 minutes

In this modern take on Harriet the Spy, twelve-year-old Drew uses her true crime expertise to catch the cyberbully in her school—only to discover that family, friendship, and identity are the hardest mysteries to solve.Drew Leclair knows what it takes to be a great detective. She’s pored over the cases solved by her hero, criminal profiler Lita... Read more

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Ellen Outside the Lines

By: A. J. Sass
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

Rain Reign meets Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World in this heartfelt novel about a neurodivergent thirteen-year-old navigating changing friendships, a school trip, and expanding horizons.

Thirteen-year-old Ellen Katz feels most comfortable when her life is well planned out and people fit neatly into her predefined categories. She attends temple... Read more

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Ana on the Edge

By: A. J. Sass
Narrated by: Sagan Chen
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

“Ana, twelve years old, is a champion figure skater—but why should that mean she has to wear a dress for her next routine? And what does it mean that she feels so uncomfortable with that idea? Follow Ana as she discovers her nonbinary gender identity, and builds a path forward that allows her true self to shine. Read more

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Anne of Greenville

By: Mariko Tamaki
Narrated by: Alice Wen
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

This is the story of how I became Anne of Greenville. It's also the story of how I found my true true, and how I needed to maybe come to Greenville, of all places, to make that happen. In this modern reimagining of Anne of Green Gables, Anne is an ABBA-loving singer/actor/writer of disco-operas, queer, Japanese-American who longs to be... Read more

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Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston

Sir Callie: Book #1

By: Esme Symes-Smith
Narrated by: Dani Martineck & Esme Symes-Smith
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

In a magical medieval world filled with dragons, shape-shifters, and witches, a twelve-year-old nonbinary hopeful knight battles for the heart of their kingdom. This USA Today bestselling series explores identity and gender amid sword fights and magic, and proves anyone can be a hero.

“These heroes come in all shapes and skills—I cheered for them...
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