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Most Surprising Kid Lit Rereads

SSR Podcast host Alli Hoff Kosik shares the rereads from her childhood and high school days that made for the most interesting — and often surprising — adult conversations.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: kids audience: middle grade topic: rereads podcaster ssr alli hoff kosik audience: tweens

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Harriet the Spy

By Louise Fitzhugh
Narrated by: Anne Bobby
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

It's no secret that Harriet the Spy is a timeless classic that kids will love! Every day can be an adventure if you just look carefully enough!

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends... Read more »

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Ella Enchanted

By Gail Carson Levine
Narrated by: Eden Riegel
Length: 5 hours 41 minutes

That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child." I stopped.... Read more »

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Little House on the Prairie

By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

The third book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series.

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for the big skies of the Kansas Territory. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their house.... Read more »

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Stargirl Movie Tie-In Edition

Stargirl Series

By Jerry Spinelli
Narrated by: John H. Ritter
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

This beloved celebration of individuality is now an original movie on Disney+!

A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart... Read more »

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James and the Giant Peach

By Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 3 hours 17 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

A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible... Read more »

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Holes Series

By Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Kerry Beyer
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner--or just under your feet!

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has... Read more »

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

By Judy Blume
Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
Length: 3 hours 8 minutes

The beloved coming-of-age novel from the author whose “name has long been synonymous with young adult fiction” (Los Angeles Times).
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is very special.” Amy Poehler (Vulture)
“Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume.” Mashable
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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1)

His Dark Materials: Book #1

By Philip Pullman
Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Full Cast, Joanna Wyatt, Rupert Degas, Alison Dowling, Douglas Blackwell, Jill Shilling, Stephen Thorne, Sean Barrett, Garrick Hagon, John O'Connor & Susan Sheridan
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes


The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where...
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