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Staff Picks - Elementary & Middle Grades

Staff picks from The Purple Couch Bookshop for elementary and middle grade listeners!

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One)

The Maze Runner Series: Book #1

By: James Dashner
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

Book one in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don’t missThe Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!
 
   When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by... Read more

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Bread and Roses, Too

By: Katherine Paterson
Narrated by: Lorna Raver
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs. Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill... Read more

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Danny the Champion of the World

By: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Peter Serafinowicz
Length: 4 hours 27 minutes

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times


Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell?

Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest master... Read more

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Code Talker

A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

By: Joseph Bruchac
Narrated by: Derrick Henry
Length: 5 hours 55 minutes

Code Talker, with starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, is a Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth. Although the mission school bans all that is Navajo, Ned secretly clings to his native language and culture. Proudly joining the U.S. Marines in 1943, he becomes a top-secret Navajo Code Talker. During bloody battles for... Read more

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: Book #1

By: Jessica Townsend
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 11 hours

“A deliciously delightful and utterly enchanting debut sure to dazzle fans of the Harry Potter series, “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow,” by Jessica Townsend, caught me from the very first chapter. I absolutely couldn’t put this gem down after meeting Morrigan, a cursed child destined to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. Complete... Read more

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The Impossible Fortress

By: Jason Rekulak
Narrated by: Griffin Newman
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

“You don't have to remember the 1980s to deeply 'get' this sweet memory trip back to the decade when video games, personal computers, and mixtapes were new. But if you did come of age in the 1980s, look out. All those awkward boy/girl moments, all those songs that comprised the soundtracks of your make-out sessions and your break-ups, all the... Read more

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Wishtree

By: Katherine Applegate
Narrated by: Nancy Linari
Length: 2 hours 33 minutes

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the... Read more

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Harry The Dirty Dog

By: Gene Zion
Narrated by: Bruce Bayley Johnson
Length: 6 minutes

In this charming classic story, Harry runs away before bath time and plays outside until he changes into a black dog with white spots. Back home again, he must use all his wits and tricks to convince his family who he really is. Read more

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Logan Family Saga

By: Mildred D. Taylor
Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen & Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th Anniversary! 

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.... Read more

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Show Me a Sign (Show Me a Sign Trilogy, Book 1)

Show Me a Sign

By: Ann Clare LeZotte
Narrated by: Nora Hunter
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

This piercing exploration of ableism and racism answers the call to dig deep, examine core beliefs, and question what is considered normal. Perfect for summer reading, distance learning, and school, peer, and family book groups.Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a... Read more

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By: Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes

With more than a million copies sold, Newbery Medal winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a must-read for fans of classic children's literature or timeless fantasy fables.
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town.... Read more

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The Secret Garden

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Narrated by: Tamaryn Payne
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

“This book has a vivid atmosphere (a rainy Yorkshire moor, beautiful language, and one of my favorite characters in classic literature (Dickon!). And, provided you can ignore the imperialist bits, this story still has a meaningful message for children and adults today. Read more

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