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Buyer's Guide: Winter 2021

Buyer's Guide: Winter 2021

Our annual buyer's guide is here! Our favorite new books for all ages from baby to adult, there's something here for every person on your list! Happy Reading!

Playlist Tags: Wild Rumpus Books genre: NA buyers guide season: winter topic: new releases topic: ya audience: middle grade childrens books young adult books

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Gladys the Magic Chicken

By Adam Rubin
Narrated by: Adam Rubin
Length: 14 minutes

From the mega-bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos and the mega-bestselling illustrator of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, comes this hilarious new picture book about an irresistible chicken who unexpectedly finds herself on an epic journey during Ancient Times, adaped for audio.

Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone... Read more »

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Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery

Word Travelers: Book #1

By Raj Haldar
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 1 hours 7 minutes

Are you ready for adventure? The first book in a new action-packed series from bestselling author Raj Haldar follows two best friends as they race to different parts of the world to solve mysteries and uncover lost treasures!


It's a Super Saturday sleepover! That means best friends Eddie and Molly-Jean (who prefers to be called MJ) are going to... Read more »

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Book Buddies

Ivy Lost and Found
Book Buddies: Book #1

By Cynthia Lord
Narrated by: Merissa Czyz
Length: 43 minutes

Ivy used to be Anne the librarian’s favorite doll when she was a little girl. And when Anne finds Ivy again in the attic, she brings her to the library to join the Book Buddies, toys that can be checked out, just like books. But Ivy doesn’t want to be borrowed. She wants to go back to the way things used to be when she was Anne’s favorite toy. ... Read more »

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The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

By Anne Ursu
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them.

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a...

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Beasts and Beauty

Dangerous Tales

By Soman Chainani
Narrated by: Polly Lee
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

You think you know these stories, don’t you?

You are wrong.

You don’t know them at all.

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a...

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The Beatryce Prophecy

By Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.

We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the... Read more »

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Lotería

By Karla Arenas Valenti
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

The turn of a card could change your destiny in this captivating middle grade adventure based on the Lotería card game and perfect for fans of Coco. While searching for her missing cousin, a young girl is transported to a mythical kingdom, becoming entangled in a perilous game of chance.

“A magical, philosophical tale rooted in Mexican lore.”...
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A Snake Falls to Earth

By Darcie Little Badger
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Kinsale Hueston
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists.... Read more »

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Iron Widow

Iron Widow

By Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Rong Fu
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Iron Widow

“Bloodthirsty and tender, full of power, powerlessness, and determination, I could hear Wu Zetian roaring her vengeance call long after I finished this thrilling sci-fi masterpiece.”

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Walking in Two Worlds

By Wab Kinew
Narrated by: Joelle Peters & Wab Kinew
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

An Indigenous teen girl is caught between two worlds, both real and virtual, in the YA fantasy debut from bestselling Indigenous author Wab Kinew. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One and the Otherworld series.

Bugz is caught between two worlds. In the real world, she's a shy and self-conscious Indigenous teen who faces the stresses of teenage... Read more »

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Forestborn

Forestborn: Book #1

By Elayne Audrey Becker
Narrated by: Sofia Zervudachi
Length: 15 hours 18 minutes

"Narrator Sofia Zervudachi strikes just the right tone--introspective but self-assured--as Rora tells her story" -- AudioFile Magazine

A young, orphaned shapeshifter in a world that fears magic must risk everything if she hopes to save her only friend in Elayne Audrey Becker's Forestborn, first in a new fantasy series with a timeless feel.

TO BE...

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Light From Uncommon Stars

By Ryka Aoki
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other...

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On Animals

By Susan Orlean
Narrated by: Susan Orlean
Length: 10 hours

On Animals

“Sometimes you may just want to think about anything other than human beings. Pick up On Animals by Susan Orlean and you'll find yourself delighting in the fascinating world of donkeys, orca whales, dogs, and pigeons. A lifelong animal lover, Orlean's essays are beautifully written and frankly quite delightful.”

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The Heroine with 1001 Faces

By Maria Tatar
Narrated by: Julie McKay
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

World-renowned folklorist Maria Tatar reveals an astonishing but long buried history of heroines, taking us from Cassandra and Scheherazade to Nancy Drew and Wonder Woman.

How do we explain our newfound cultural investment in empathy and social justice? For decades, Joseph Campbell had defined our cultural aspirations in The Hero with a... Read more »

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