After Jamie loses both his father and his cat, he and his mother move in with ailing Aunt Sapphy. Spinella evenly depicts Jamie's deadened emotional state as he deals with yet another serious blow creating a believable and touching portrait of a young survivor.
Ten-year-old Solly discovers that his dismal parents, Ma and Pa Scubbins, are not his parents, and a rollicking quest ensues. Jenny Sterlin’s lively pace, light British accent, and ability to generate flamboyant but satisfyingly familiar characters allows the "intelligent listener" to discover the drama and humor which an artful pause and an expert reader bestow on simple words.
Nathaniel is now a powerful government minister; the sardonic djinni, Bartimaeus, is moodier than ever; and Kitty is secretly studying magic in this final volume of Stroud's adventure-packed trilogy. Simon Jones continues his superb performance as he weaves the explosive action, wisecracking asides, and moral complexities into a spellbinding whole.
The voice of sixteen-year-old Sammy Santos carries this story—as complex and multifaceted as the barrio in which it takes place—from shattered dreams to hard-won hope. Ramirez reads in a voice fueled by both rage and tenderness, weaving the street slang—both English and Chicano—and Sammy's inner musings into a portrait that is achingly real.
Three ordinary teens slam headlong into the supernatural when a darkly voracious remnant of the past emerges from the web of abandoned mine shafts that seam their town. Barthelmie's brisk cataloging of the gritty landscape is every bit as effective as her pell-mell pacing when the subterranean horror finally erupts.
On his ninth birthday, Gwyn receives five unusual gifts from his grandmother launching him on a quest to discover if he has inherited the gift of magic that returns once in every seven generations to his family. Keating's dramatic pacing and rich voice rolling over the Welsh words are a perfect match for this atmospheric fantasy.
After Hawley High School football quarterback Brian begins working on the family farm in exchange for D. J.’s training expertise, she decides to try out for her own Red Bend team. Narrator Natalie Moore melts into the character of D. J., and her bright, young voice brings out all the humor and longing in this affectionately told tale.
Part psychological thriller, part survival story, a young girl’s uncle kidnaps her and so begins a mysterious trip to Antarctica in this novel filled with edge-of-your-seat plotting, gritty authenticity, and beautiful writing. Siller’s voice perfectly embodies the mercurial emotions of a teenage girl hindered by terrible shyness, a hearing impairment, and social awkwardness, while Morant brings almost unbearable poignancy to his portrayal of the vanished Captain Oates.
What could be sillier than a schoolroom-full of rowdy incisors, capering canines and smug wisdom teeth learning about dental hygiene from jolly Dr. Flossman? A full cast not only narrates the text but also delivers comments, reads reports, tells jokes, and makes PA announcements. It all adds up to wacky fun.
In his sixth adventure, daring Alex Rider tries to outwit an unscrupulous Russian mogul planning to build a luxury hotel in outer space. Prebble's light British accent and slightly formal narration make the perfect foil for the bombs, bullets, and mayhem that riddle the breakneck plot.