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Virginia G. Pratt

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  • 17 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 113 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • Greetings from Witness Protection!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jake Burt
    • Narrated By Tara Sands, Danny Campbell, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation's most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need. Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she'll have to dodge hit men, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average.

    Michael Net says: "starts up slow but builds up to a grand finale"
    "Unique plot line and characters you’ll enjoy knowing"
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    This was a very clever story that was suspenseful, yet endearing; thought-provoking, yet funny. I completely enjoyed the storyline, characters, and audio performance. I can highly recommend this book for middle grade readers! Can’t wait for Burt’s next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Jason Reynolds
    • Narrated By Jason Reynolds
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (257)

    A cannon. A strap. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he?

    tarafarah7: Tara Brown says: "Real and Relevant!"
    "Haunting and beautiful "
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    Jason Reynolds is a powerful writer, and hearing him read his own work is a treat. The premise of this story is creative and unexpected. It is poetry in the truest sense of the word.

    We should all have and take advantage of the opportunities to glimpse lives different from our own. This book helps to make me a bit more aware of my own misunderstandings and prejudices, and I hope, more empathetic and accepting.

    Thank you, Mr. Reynolds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

    Andrea says: "An amazing book for readers big and small"
    "Funny and Inspiring"
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    Gordon Korman has written a number of excellent children’s books, but this is likely my favorite so far. The story is compelling, the characters come to feel like people you know. This audio version is very well-done. Easily a 5-Star selection in my opinion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book Scavenger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (735)

    For 12-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch.

    ASW says: "Bibliophile? - Check this out!"
    "Clever story about the love of books and puzzles"
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    This was a fun read that made me wish the fictional "Book Scavenger" website was real! Bertman has done some extensive research in order to make this book believable and fun. The characters are likable, and the narration on this audio version was excellent.

    37 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Fablehaven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2055)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1839)

    For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

    BLReedfam says: "Couldn't Get Passed The Narrator!"
    "Creative and compelling tale."
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    This first book of a series draws the reader in with interesting characters and an enchanted world full of mystery and wonder. Fantasy readers will be hooked and eager for Book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The School for Good and Evil: The School for Good and Evil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Soman Chainani
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (485)

    Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

    Tenoko1 says: "Sugar coated darkness. Grimm Brothers brutality"
    "Truly spellbinding!"
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    This book kept me questioning and wondering up until the very end. Excellent story and production. Anxious to read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Underneath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kathi Appelt
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    An abandoned calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the achingly lonely howl of a chained up, abused hound dog deep in the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family.

    Tara says: "dark and intense"
    "Beautifully written story"
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    Appelt has written a story that is musical and poetic. Her craft and carefully chosen words caught me time and again throughout this story. Equally masterful was her weaving of the plot lines in such a way that, as a reader, I was always on the edge of my seat- anticipating what would happen to the various characters. This is a story filled with all the feeling and conflict that has existed since time began: love, loneliness, revenge, betrayal, friendship, wonder, sacrifice, and fear. Zackman's masterful performance matches the excellence of Appelt's story making this a stand-out audiobook for those who love a good tale and the beauty of words well written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (8540)
    Performance
    (7081)
    Story
    (6996)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Powerful book with Great Implications"
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    I've been aware of Carol Dweck's work on mindsets for some time, but it was good to finally read her book. This information can be life- changing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circus Mirandus

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cassie Beasley
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Even though his awful great-aunt Gertrudis doesn't approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other - the Man Who Bends Light. Finally Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The circus is real. And the lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle.

    Sara says: "This book was okay."
    "This book IS magic!"
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    Circus Mirandus touches on all the myriad feelings a reader can feel-- amusement, warmth, regret, indignation, gratitude, love, and mostly hope. This beautiful story of the meaning of magic and its power in our lives is one that captivates. Readers will love Micah, Grandpa Ephraim, and The Man Who Bends Light, and the experience will be even further enhanced by Pinchot's masterful narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Made of Molecules

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susin Nielsen
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed "it" girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; "Spewart" could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

    O'Connell says: "Amazing "
    "An important story teens will relate to"
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    I really enjoyed how real Susin Nielsen's characters were and how she deals with some important issues many kids have to cope with. The story is engrossing, and I didn't ever want to stop listening. The two performers reading Stewart's and Ashley's roles were very effective. I highly recommend this title!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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