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Books for Tweens (Age 9-12)

My boys love to listen to audiobooks while working on schoolwork, playing board games, or finishing their chores. Here are some of their favorites.

Playlist Tags: Fables Books genre: Children's audience: kids audience: middle grade bookstore-created audience: teens audience: tweens

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia: Book #2

By C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Michael York
Length: 4 hours 22 minutes

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of... Read more »

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The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate
Narrated by: Adam Grupper
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

Soon to be a major motion picture!

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this novel is told from the point of view of... Read more »

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Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom

Wayside School: Book #4

By Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Louis Sachar
Length: 3 hours

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom

“I like that this Wayside School was one big story/topic rather than little stories like in the other Wayside Books. I like how the characters kept having problems and blaming them on the cloud of doom (which is not a cloud). I would recommend this book to others. If you like Wayside School you will like this book.”

Fables Books image Cai (age 11), Fables Books
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The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book #1

By Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and... Read more »

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle & Charlotte Jones Voiklis
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture. This audiobook includes an introduction read by the film director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and... Read more »

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The Burning Bridge

Book Two
Ranger's Apprentice: Book #2

By John A. Flanagan & John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

For years, the Kingdom of Araluen has prospered, with the evil lord Morgarath safely behind the impassable mountains. For years, its people have felt secure. But the scheming hand of the dark lord has not been idle. . . . On a special mission for the rangers,... Read more »

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The Ruins of Gorlan

Book 1
Ranger's Apprentice: Book #1

By John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as... Read more »

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The List of Things That Will Not Change

By Rebecca Stead
Narrated by: Rachel L. Jacobs
Length: 4 hours 56 minutes

The List of Things That Will Not Change

“Rebecca Stead has written yet another layered novel about familial love in its myriad of forms. When her parents divorce, Bea is given a journal to write down things that will remain constant in her life. When her dad announces that he is marrying his boyfriend Jesse, Bea is excited to gain a sister. With the help of her notebook and her kind therapist, Bea is ahor.ble to work through her feelings (mostly her anger management ones). It's a quiet book that will resonate with Stead’s fans and hopefully garner new ones.”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

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When Stars Are Scattered

By Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
Narrated by: Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, JD Jackson & Various
Length: 3 hours 42 minutes

An Odyssey Honor audiobook and National Book Award Finalist, this remarkable graphic novel—adapted for audio—is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life... Read more »

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

By Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Louis Sachar
Length: 2 hours 26 minutes

Is your school just a little too…NORMAL?
 
Maybe you should go to Wayside School. You’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; and Sammy, the new kid—he’s a real rat. Come on! Hurry up! If you’re late for class, Mrs. Gorf will turn you into an app…Oops. Sorry about that.
 
More than 6 million kids have... Read more »

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Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters: Book #1

By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein & Mark Shulman
Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life and I Funny comes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humor, and heart!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold... Read more »

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