Spotlight On: CD Books (TEEN)

CD Books (Teen): CD books are recordings of a text being read. In our teen area, we have a selection of CD books that contain stories geared towards teens. Some of these are stand alone books, and some are parts of a series. The Teen CD book collection is located in our Teen area, on the shelving unit in the middle of the area. The CD books are located on the right side of the shelving unit if you are looking in to the Teen area.

Six of Crows / Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts must learn to work together after they are offered an impossible heist that can save the world from destruction. (TEEN CDBOOK BARDUGO)

 

The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot

Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne. (TEEN CDBOOK CABOT)

 

Turtles All the Way Down / John Green

Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire. (TEEN CDBOOK GREEN)

 

Illuminae / Amie Kaufman

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all. (TEEN CDBOOK KAUFMAN)

 

I Hunt Killers / Barry Lyga

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is the son of Billy Dent, the country’s most notorious serial killer, and “Dear Old Dad” taught him everything he knew. But Billy’s in prison now and Jazz wants to convince the world — and himself — that he’s not like his father. When several murders occur in his town, Jazz and his friend Howie try to track down the killer before he strikes again. (TEEN CDBOOK LYGA)

Cinder / Marissa Meyer

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (TEEN CDBOOK MEYER BK.1)

 

Dumplin’ / Julie Murphy

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs. (TEEN CDBOOK MURPHY)

 

Salt to the Sea / Ruta Sepetys

Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe. (TEEN CDBOOK SEPETYS)

 

An Ember in the Ashes / Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. (TEEN CDBOOK TAHIR)

Everything, Everything / Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. (TEEN CDBOOK YOON)

 

“I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunken treasure.” ~Virginia Woolf

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Reviewed by Judy B (Library Staff)

A romantic, lushly poetic wander along the rivers of southern France by the lovesick Literary Apothecary Perdu. He dispenses his wisdom and his books to a myriad of strangers who never seem to work more than a few hours a day. Instead, they sit around chatting, drinking wine or coffee, eat French cuisine and watch the world flow poetically by. A literary journey to heal one’s over-stresses soul.
Beautifully narrated by Steve West, Emma Bering and Cassandra Campbell.

Located in Adult Fiction Audiobook (CDBOOK GEORGE)

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Burbaker Bradley

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Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

A beautifully written story of Ada, a club footed child, hated by her mother and forced to stay in their dingy London flat. She and her little brother, Jamie, through grit and determination get themselves to the train taking children out of London to temporary homes in Kent to keep them safe from the expected bombing of London. Here, they are placed with sad, proper, Susan Smith, whose patience, determination and growing love for them changes their lives. There is much sadness in this story, wonderfully read by Jayne Entwistle, and much joy, as well. Ada is justifiably prickly in her dealings with “Miss”, but her undying spirit and never-ending stubbornness serve her well, and help her see how she has been gently turned from her mother’s hate to Susan’s love. 2016 Newbery Honor Book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC BRADLEY)

I Hunt Killers Trilogy by Barry Lyga

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Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

 

Book 1: I Hunt Killers, Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a complicated guy with a complicated life. His best friend, Howie is a hemophiliac who bleeds and bruises at a touch, and for whom Jazz gets tattooed in thanks for the extraordinary things Howie is willing to do for him. His girlfriend is the beautiful, strong, determined Connie whose father would rather have her dating anyone but Jazz. Neither of those defines him, though, as much as the fact that his dad is a convicted serial killer. No, his father, Billy Dent is THE convicted serial killer of the century, and lots of folks around Lobos Nod (and, possibly, the rest of the country) think Jazz may be one, too, because Jazz grew up being trained to be a serial killer by his “Dear Old Dad.” Things have calmed down a bit since Billy was put away four years ago, until dead bodies started appearing, looking suspiciously like the work of Billy Dent. Is it Jazz? Is it a copycat? All Jazz knows is, it’s not him, and offers his “expertise” to the local sheriff, G. William Tanner, and Jazz’s ability to see crime scenes from the killer’s point of view proves advantageous as the killings escalate.

Book 2, Game, has Jazz heading to New York City to help the New York police try to profile, ascertain and capture Hat-Dog Killer before he removes any more body parts from his victims as he dispatches them.

Book 3, Blood of my Blood brings the FBI into the mix, and Jazz races to find connection and solutions before Howie bleeds to death on the floor in Lobos Nod, and Connie perishes at Dent’s hands in a room in New York. Jazz knows he is the only one who can save his friends, and bring the killing spree to an end.

The writing is superb, the pacing is perfect, and the knowledge of serial killers, police procedure, and teenage pig-headedness is spot on. If you’re looking for a good heart-pounding murder mystery, you can’t go wrong with the I Hunt Killers trilogy.

I listened to the audio version of all three of these books, Book 1 as a Hachette Audio book, and the others from downloadable audio on Overdrive. Charlie Thurston is the narrator of all three, and is marvelous.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC LYGA)

 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere

Reviewed by Judy (Library Staff)

You must listen to the star-studded cast perform Gaiman’s best selling novel. Voices are provided by James McAvory, Natalie Dormer, Anthony Head, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more. My husband caught me sitting in the car on several occasions in the garage, listening for a few minutes more, instead of coming inside.

Audiobook Available through the CAFE System

Book located in Adult Fiction (FIC GAIMAN)

Pete Seeger: The Storm King (Stories, Narratives, Poems)

Pete Seeger Storm King

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

For a something unique, try this collection of stories, music and autobiographical information narrated by the recently deceased Pete Seeger. I didn’t know much about Pete Seeger and this CD provided a slice of his life including mention of Woody Guthrie, Martin Luther King Jr & other famous persons. The music varied from bluegrass to jazz to folk. I didn’t like all of the music, but enjoyed all of Seeger’s stories. 2.5 hours of listening pleasure.

Located in Adult Audiobooks (CDBOOK 782.426 SEE)

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Three Times Lucky

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

New sixth-grader, Mo LoBeau has plans for the summer which include hanging out with her best friend, Dale Earnhardt III and his dog, Queen Elizabeth II.  Those plans do not include a murder and its ensuing investigation by Detective Joe Starr, a hurricane, a bank robbery, or the unexpected disappearances by the two people she loves most in the world, the Colonel and Miss Lana.  Mo’s plan was to continue to send messages in bottles to her long-missing Upstream Mother (who somehow misplaced baby Mo near a raging storm-fueled stream 11 years ago.)  When Dale is the number one suspect in the murder of cantankerous Mr. Jesse, Mo decides it’s time to take the investigation into he own hands.  The characters in Tupelo Landing are all wonderful, but Mo stands out as a smart, clever, brave and true heroine of our time.  I listened to this one, beautifully read by the late Michal Friedman whose voice is pure Mo.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC TURNAGE) and in Children’s Audiobooks (J CDBOOK TURNAGE)

GR Level N, Grades 3 – 5

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