New and classic CD audiobooks include 'The Secret History of Tom Truehart, Boy Adventurer,' 'Peter and the Wolf'

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008

In addition to the new audiobooks on CD for kids listed below, you'll also find lots of classics in audiobook form like Stravinsky's "Peter and the Wolf," Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," Stevenson's "Treasure Island," and even White's "Stuart Little" on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

"The Secret History of Tom Truehart, Boy Adventurer," by Ian Beck, read by Clive Mantle. In this riff on well-known fairytales, Tom has six older brothers, all named Jack, each one brave and heroic, and each one in the family business of bringing happy endings to fairytales in the Land of Stories. Tom's afraid that his different name is a sign of lesser abilities, but when, one by one, the Trueheart brothers go missing, Tom is left alone. Will he find his inner bravery and heroism in time to save his brothers so they can wake up Sleeping Beauty, marry Cinderella, and help Rapunzel down from her tower? For older elementary and middle school children.

"Interworld," by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, read by Christopher Evan Welch. When Joey Harker goes walking in the fog, he comes out in a different dimension than he went in. It seems his talent for getting lost in his own home also gives him the ability to walk between worlds. He finds himself able to walk into thousands of different worlds, whose main differences are their beliefs in science or magic and the presence or absences of Joeys. Joey gets recruited into an army of nearly-identical Joeys from thousands of different worlds, all using their special talents to maintain the balance between the worlds. Fans of Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series may especially enjoy exploring a different take on dimensional differences. For older elementary and middle school.

"Enter Three Witches," by Caroline B. Cooney, read by Charlotte Parry. Mary is a wealthy and pampered young woman with a handsome young fiancé in this alternate view of Shakespeare's story of Macbeth. But when her father betrays King Duncan and is executed, her life of privilege comes to an abrupt end and she becomes an outcast, earning her keep with the Macbeth family by working as a scullery maid. As the intrigues of the Scottish court whirl around her, she witnesses a strange meeting between three witches and her lord, Macbeth, out on the moors. Soon, events spiral out of control, the King is murdered, both Macbeth and his wife begin to descend into madness, and Mary has to keep her wits about her to survive. For middle school and up.

"The Talented Clementine," by Sara Pennypacker, read by Jessica Almasy. Clementine is panicking: she's the only kid in her third grade without any talents and the talent show is coming up! Her teacher just laughs when Clementine says she's probably moving and won't be around for the performance, her friend tries and fails to teach her to tap dance, and her parents refuse to give her permission to leash her little brother up so he can laugh at her Elvis impersonation. But at the last minute, something happens that only Clementine can fix, finally showing her true talent and allowing the show to go on. For early elementary and up.

"Skulduggery Pleasant," by Derek Landy, read by Rupert Degas. After Stephanie Edgely's uncle dies suddenly, the twelve year-old finds herself in a battle with evildoers who want to rule the world; fortunately, she's got snappily-dressed skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant on her side. Skulduggery, a very old friend of her uncle, is charming, witty, and can throw fireballs like nobody's business. Stephanie is smart, sarcastic, and quick on her feet. Together, they make a formidable team as they dive into the world of wizards, magic scepters, and deadly spells, sending the bad guys flying in this first in a delightfully snarky series. For older elementary and up.

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To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, children can meet a firefighter, hear stories and take a close look at fire trucks and firefighting gear at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Douglas library.

Then, Sunday, come to the downtown library at 7 p.m. for the first in this year's World of Film series, "The Golden Door." There will be a Sicilian potluck at 7 p.m. The film starts at 7:30.

And kids, keep an eye on the calendar: The last day to turn in bookmark entries for this year's contest is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

For information about the Juneau Public Libraries upcoming programs or to place a hold on any material, visit us at www.juneau.org/library or call 586-5249.



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