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Audie Awards 2011: Children 8 to 12
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  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
  • Alchemy and Meggy Swann

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks.

    Josie says: "Shrill reader; sensitive author"
  • Nanny McPhee Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Thompson
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    With wit and warmth, Emma Thompson, writer and star of Nanny McPhee Returns, recounts one family's tumultuous summer in an audiobook that alternates between the story and a behind-the-scenes film diary, bringing a delightful and unique perspective to this funny and magical adventure for all ages.

    Diane says: "As good as Nanny McPhee in person!"
  • One Crazy Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rita Williams-Garcia
    • Narrated By Sisi Aisha Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecil, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecil gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Perfect."
  • The Magician's Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it. But it is - all of it - true.

    Lucinda says: "WONDERFUL!"
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