Audiobooks on tape and compact disc for young listeners abound at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for classics like "The Secret Garden," "Alice in Wonderland," "Wind in the Willows," and "Charlotte's Web," as well the titles listed below.
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"Gregor the Overlander," "Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane," and "Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods," by Suzanne Collins, read by Paul Boehmer. When Gregor follows his little sister down an air chute in their apartment building, he feels like Alice in Wonderland. They've arrived somewhere impossible, surrounded by giant, sentient insects. Terrified and disgusted, all Gregor wants to do is take his sister, Boots, home, but a prophecy sends him on a quest for his missing father. In later books, Gregor, his sister, and even his mother, join forces together on even more daring and dangerous adventures. (book on CD)
"Scorpia," by Anthony Horowitz, read by Simon Prebble. Alex Rider is a teenage spy, working for M-16, a top-secret British organization, whose rival, Scorpia, wants Alex for itself. Was Alex's father really an assassin for Scorpia? Or is that just one more lie to convince Alex to join Scorpia? M-16 stoops to the same tactics to keep Alex with them, and the suspense grows to an explosive finish in this fifth book of the Alex Rider series. (book on tape)
"Avalon High," by Meg Cabot, read by Debra Wiseman. Ellie's junior year starts out horribly - she and her family move to Maryland for the year while her parents are on sabbatical from their teaching positions. Things start looking up when she meets hunky Will and his friends. But there are too many coincidences and Ellie starts feeling like she's living in Camelot in the days of King Arthur ... and if that's true, things are going to go wrong soon. (book on CD)
"Charlie's Raven," by Jean Craighead George, read by Ramon de Ocampo. When Charlie's grandfather has a heart attack, Charlie remembers the Teton Sioux belief that ravens can cure illness, and he captures a baby raven. With the help of his naturalist grandfather, whose health does improve, Charlie names the bird Blue Sky and learns to care for him. But Blue Sky and other ravens in the area are threatened by human and non-human enemies, and it becomes Charlie's responsibility to make sure Blue Sky survives. (book on tape)
"East," by Edith Pattou, read by a cast. In this novelized retelling of the classic "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" the youngest girl in a poor family who has never felt like she fits in eagerly leaves her home in return for the promise of prosperity and health for her poor family and adventure for herself. In true fairy tale form, Rose has a curse to break, a giant white bear to befriend, a malicious troll-princess to watch out for, and a suitably adventurous and romantic ending. (book on tape)
"Mr. Chickee's Funny Money," by Christopher Paul Curtis, read by Joe Holt. One day 9-year old Steven gets a present from his neighbor, Mr. Chickee: a quadrillion dollar bill. Could it be real? As president of Future Detectives of Flint, Steven is the right person to find out, with help from his friends Russell and Zoopy. But when he turns down an offer from Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department, who's got his own reasons for wanting the bill, Steven finds himself on the agent's bad side in this laugh-out-loud story. (book on CD)
Kids - starting Saturday, June 3, come in and register for "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales," pick up a game card and start reading. For every day you read, collect a golden doubloon to keep or donate to the Humane Society or to the Raptor Center. When you've completed a game card, choose a free book to keep. Also, toddler times and Storytimes Plus are back. Check the summer calendar for places and times of these and other events, including parties, gaming night, magic, book clubs and storytelling.
As always, placing a hold on our material is easy. Call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249, or, if you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site (http://www.juneau.org/library) and looking at our catalog or at the In the Stacks column on our site. The columns are hyperlinked to the catalog. Simply click on the title you want, and you will be ready to place a hold.