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Banned Books Week

This playlist celebrates Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2020) and our freedom to read without censorship. From the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Hate U Give, from George to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this playlist collects some of the most challenged books in the United States in one place, so readers can choose to listen freely.

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George

By Alex Gino
Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
Length: 2 hours 56 minutes

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she... Read more »

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

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Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher
Narrated by: Debra Wiseman & Joel Johnstone
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

**SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES**

“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times

Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things... Read more »

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1) (Digital Audio Download Edition)

Captain Underpants

By Dav Pilkey
Narrated by: Len Forgione, Dazjon Freeman & Ben D'Amico
Length: 59 minutes

The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series, now available in Sound-O-Rama!

Fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins are a couple of class clowns. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books. And together they've created the greatest superhero in the history o Read more »f...
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Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones

Skippyjon Jones

By Judy Schachner
Narrated by: Judy Schachner
Length: 9 minutes

Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the... Read more »

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 10th Anniversary Edition

By Sherman Alexie
Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and... Read more »

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Two Boys Kissing

By David Levithan
Narrated by: David Levithan
Length: 6 hours 14 minutes

"You have to read this.” Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), crafts a novel that the Los Angeles...
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And Tango Makes Three

By Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
Length: 8 minutes

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo... Read more »

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold... Read more »

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The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini
Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

A Stunning Novel of Hope and Redemption

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir... Read more »

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City of Thieves

A Novel

By David Benioff
Narrated by: Ron Perlman
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the... Read more »

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Tales from Alcatraz: Book #1

By Gennifer Choldenko
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes

1935
I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts. But apparently nobody cares, because now I’m Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy–all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids wear their clothes inside out and there isn’t a book in sight. Obedient Moose. I always do what I’m supposed to do.

When... Read more »

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Death and the Maiden

By Ariel Dorfman
Narrated by: John Kapelos, John Mahoney, Carolyn Seymour & Kristoffer Tabori
Length: 1 hours 23 minutes

"Generally, it's the tortured who turn into torturers."
Carl Gustav Jung

Suspense mounts when Paulina and her husband offer hospitality to a stranger. Paulina thinks she recognizes, in their guest, the man who tortured her in prison, and she subsequently takes him hostage to find out the truth. A stunningly blunt and compelling play, Death and the... Read more »

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By Mark Haddon
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 6 hours 3 minutes

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a... Read more »

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Crank

By Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
Length: 4 hours 31 minutes

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina’s personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through... Read more »

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The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

By Sam Kean
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 12 hours 34 minutes

The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the... Read more »

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The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into... Read more »

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Beloved

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful... Read more »

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The story of modern medicine and bioethics—and, indeed, race relations—is refracted beautifully, and movingly.”—Entertainment Weekly

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM HBO® STARRING OPRAH WINFREY AND ROSE BYRNE • ONE OF THE “MOST INFLUENTIAL” (CNN), “DEFINING” (LITHUB), AND “BEST” (THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) BOOKS OF... Read more »

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain
Narrated by: Don Hagen
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain has been popular since it was first published in 1884. Told in the first person by "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer. it is known for its colorful and often scathng look at the people and places along the Mississippi River at a time when racism was an entrenched attitude in the... Read more »

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