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Product Type: Audio
Award: Gold
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, narrated by Brooke Shields
(Narrated by Brooke Shields, Listening Library $35 Score:)

What child does not know the film of the Wizard of Oz? But how about the source of that classic film? L. Frank Baum wrote an entire series of books about the Land of Oz and listening to this may just open the door to those books. Read by Brooke Shields, this is a good one to listen to together in the car on the way to and from regular trips or before dinner while routine things like setting the table or cleaning up has to be done. Listening to a story together can be a nice tradition. 8 & up. 

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
A Wrinkle In Time
(by Madeline L'Engle/narrated by Hope Davis , Listening Library $28.99 Score:)

This is the Fiftieth Anniversary of the beloved classic, A Wrinkle In Time. A story of a stranger who leads Meg, her brother and their buddy Calvin on a frightening but thrilling adventure. The book won the Newbery Medal and is the first of series of science fiction time travel books about the Murry family. Though the books are decades old, they are not dated. The subject of bullies, going along, and fears of nuclear attacks are just as real in 2012 as they were in 1962 when the book was published, It's been recorded before, but this is an all new recording by the gifted Hope Davis, winner of the NY Film Critics Best Actress Award. Bring home the book and or the sequels. This is a good way to introduce the family to an author who wrote more than 60 books and who reads an introduction to her most famous work on this CD set. 


 

Age: Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Chomp
(by Carl Hiaasen/narrated by James Van Der Beek, Listening Library $30.80 Score:)

As always with Hiaasen, there's action, suspense, humor, and plenty of wacky fun in the Everglades-of course. This time Wahoo Cray's dad has a job with a TV reality show and the ridiculous star manages to disappear in a downpour. Bring it home in hardcover ($12) and or the CD to introduce them to Hiaasen. Older kids will also know the narrator's work from shows such as Dawson's Creek, How I Met Your Mother, Ugly Betty, and others. 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Super-Sized Slugger
(by Cal Ripken, Jr. with Kevin Cowherd/ narrated by, Listening Library $27 Score:)

Bring home the book or the audio version of this terrific story about an overweight kid who plays third base, but gets teased a lot abut being super-sized. A problem many kids today will surely relate to. Middle school listeners or readers.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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