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Audiobooks for Kids 9 to 12

Audiobooks for Kids 9 to 12

Older grade schoolers are ready for adventure. They want to explore new worlds, new ideas, new emotions, and are ready for narratives that can take them there. Introduce them to classics from your own childhood, and new books about young people finding their place in the world.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: kids audience: middle grade audience: tweens

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The Last Mapmaker

By Christina Soontornvat
Narrated by: Sura Siu
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

"Sura Siu captivates as she narrates this breathtaking seafaring adventure."
-- Audiofile Magazine

"[A] tale full of both excitement and heart."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.

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Small Town Pride

By Phil Stamper
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 5 hours 29 minutes

From acclaimed author Phil Stamper (The Gravity of Us and As Far as You’ll Take Me) comes a poignant coming-of-age, contemporary middle grade debut novel about finding your place, using your voice, and the true meaning of pride. Perfect for fans of Rick by Alex Gino and The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy.

Jake is just starting to enjoy life as his...

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Witchlings

By Claribel A. Ortega
Narrated by: Cyrina Fiallo
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

A magical adventure for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers and Nevermoor, about three witchlings who must worktogether to do the impossible if they have any hope of earning their full powers.

Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens andcome into their... Read more »

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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor

Zachary Ying

By Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Neo Cihi
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Percy Jackson meets Tristan Strong in this hilarious, action-packed middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.

Zachary Ying never had many opportunities to learn about his Chinese heritage. His single mom was busy enough making sure they got by, and... Read more »

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Hope Wins

A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers

By Tom Angleberger, Sarah Mlynowski, Max Brallier, Julie Buxbaum, Pablo Cartaya, J. C. Cervantes, Matt de la Peña, Stuart Gibbs, Adam Gidwitz, Veera Hiranandani, Hena Khan, Gordon Korman & Various
Narrated by: Various
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

In a collection of personal stories and essays, award-winning and bestselling artists from Matt de la Peña and Veera Hiranandani to Max Brallier and R.L. Stine write about how hope always wins, even in the darkest of times.

Where does hope live?

In your family?

In your community?

In your school?

In your heart?

From a family restaurant to a hot-dog... Read more »

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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Skandar

By A.F. Steadman
Narrated by: David Dawson
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

Soar into a breathtaking world of heroes and unicorns as you’ve never seen them before in this fantastical middle grade debut perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Eragon series!

Skandar Smith has always yearned to leave the Mainland and escape to the secretive Island, where wild unicorns roam free. He’s spent years studying for his Hatchery... Read more »

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Wildseed Witch

Wildseed Witch: Book #1

By Marti Dumas
Narrated by: Channie Waites
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

A fun middle-grade contemporary fantasy with an all-BIPOC cast, about a social-media-loving tween who gets sent to an ultra-private witch camp Hasani’s post-seventh-grade summer to-do list is pretty simple: get a bigger following for her makeup YouTube channel and figure out how to get her parents back together. What she does NOT expect is that... Read more »

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Saving Earth

Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future

By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: 4 hours 49 minutes

A timely and inspiring nonfiction guide for middle grade listeners about the history of our fight against climate change, and how young people today are rising to action.

Inspired by Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth: A Recent History, the acclaimed book that grew out of an August 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine solely dedicated to it,...

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The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei

A Holly-Mei Book: Book #1

By Christina Matula
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

"I can't wait for readers to explore Hong Kong with Holly-Mei. I have no doubt they will love both as much as I did." —Erin Entrada Kelly, 2018 Newbery Medalist and 2021 Newbery Honoree

Packed with humor and heart, this debut middle grade series follows a girl finding her place in a brand-new world of private school and frenemies when her family... Read more »

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Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone

By Tae Keller
Narrated by: Shannon Tyo, Carolyn Kang & Tae Keller
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone

“During the first half of listening, I kept thinking the name of this book was 'Jennifer Chan Is Missing' -- after all, that is the crux of this story. Jennifer Chan is a new kid at school-- someone of intrigue with bold ideas and also blind to the typical power structures in middle school. She goes missing shortly after being bullied and avoided by her peers. We hear the drama unfold through Mallory's perspective, and through Jennifer's notable journal entries. Mallory lives across the street from Jennifer and happens to spend some summer days with her before school starts learning about Jennifer's unbridled passion for alien visitations, marking her as an oddball. Keller's ability to unravel every overwhelming feeling that drives her characters is remarkable. The author's personal story following the last chapter, and narrated in her own voice, powerfully illuminates just why the title is, and should be Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone. Keller's compassion for kids is palpable, and she wants us to remember this: none of us are alone, especially in the darkest of times.”

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Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

By Leslie Connor
Narrated by: Ferdelle Capistrano, André Santana, Andrew Eiden & Diane Hayes
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

A big-hearted, beautiful, and funny novel told from multiple viewpoints about neurodiversity, friendship, and community from the award-winning author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor.

Eleven-year-old Aurora Petrequin’s best friend has never spoken a word to her. In fact, Frenchie Livernois doesn’t talk.

Aurora is bouncy, loud...

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A Comb of Wishes

By Lisa Stringfellow
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

Set against the backdrop of Caribbean folklore, Lisa Stringfellow’s spellbinding middle grade debut tells of a grieving girl and a vengeful mermaid and will enchant readers who loved Kacen Callender’s Hurricane Child or Christian McKay Heidicker’s Scary Stories for Young Foxes.

Ever since her mother’s death, Kela feels every bit as broken as the...

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Solimar

the Sword of Monarchs

By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrated by: Franchesca Agramonte
Length: 4 hours 38 minutes

Middle-grade fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising, will find a new Mexican heroine to love in Solimar and a fresh, magical story! On the brink of her Quinceañera, and her official coronation, Solimar visits the oyamel forest to sit among the monarch butterflies. There, the sun pierces through a sword-shaped crevice in a boulder, which... Read more »

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Those Kids from Fawn Creek

By Erin Entrada Kelly
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Every day in Fawn Creek, Louisiana, is exactly the same—until Orchid Mason arrives. From Erin Entrada Kelly, the winner of the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, this contemporary school story set in small-town Louisiana is about friendship, family, deception, and being true to yourself and your...

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Unseen Magic

By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Narrated by: Chloe Dolandis
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

The trick to all magic is: you can only see it if you know where to look.

The magic-infused town of Aldermere is the first place eleven-year-old Fin has ever felt safe—and she’ll do whatever it takes to save her home when she accidentally unleashes a shadow self who wreaks havoc everywhere she goes. Emily Lloyd-Jones’s middle grade debut is an...

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New from Here

By Kelly Yang
Narrated by: Justin Chien
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a poignant middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the... Read more »

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The Supernatural Society

The Supernatural Society: Book #1

By Rex Ogle
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes

"Monsters have never been so much fun." –Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series

"Frightening and fun!" –Neil Patrick Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Magic Misfits

Readers will be scared silly in this spooky and hilarious middle grade series starter about a town chock-full of monsters and the kids... Read more »

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Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

By Angela Ahn
Narrated by: Tony Kim
Length: 6 hours 34 minutes

Eleven-year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. But in one summer, that all falls apart. Told in short, accessible journal entries and combining the humor of Timmy Failure with the poignant family dynamics of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Peter Lee will win readers' hearts.

Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to... Read more »

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How Do You Live?

By Genzaburo Yoshino
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

How Do You Live?

“Originally published in 1937, this Japanese classic is a unique YA coming of age story about 15 year old boy named Copper as he navigates life after the death of his father. Told in a series of journals exchanges with a beloved uncle this beautiful book explores the big questions about a life well-lived.”

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Hide and Geek

Hide and Geek: Book #1

By T. P. Jagger
Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A puzzlemaker's last clue. A friendship's last chance.

The GEEKs:
Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin have been best friends for as long as they can remember. So when their arch-nemesis points out that their initials make them literally GEEKs, they decide to go with it.
 
The problem:
The GEEKs’ hometown of Elmwood was once the headquarters of the famous... Read more »

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