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The Mabel's Fables BE A GOOD LISTENER Booklist for Ages 10 to 13

The Mabel's Fables BE A GOOD LISTENER Booklist for Ages 10 to 13

These titles are for older middle grade readers - many with action, fantasy, history AND sensitive topics to explore. These are all amazing books to know. and a superior listening experience. If you fall in love with a book, there is good chance there are sequels and others in a series so check back for more writing by the same author.

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Guys Read: The Sports Pages

By Jon Scieszka, Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander, Dan Gutman, Mike Lupica, Anne Ursu, Tim Green, Joseph Bruchac & Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Christian Rummel, Mike Rylander & JD Jackson
Length: 5 hours 24 minutes

The Sports Pages, the third volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to put you in the ring, under the basket, and right behind home plate.

From fiction to nonfiction, from baseball to mixed martial arts and everything in between, these are a collection of stories about the rush of victory...

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Masterminds

By Gordon Korman
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo, Kelly Jean Badgley, Tarah Consoli, Mike Rylander & Maxwell Glick
Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

The first book in the action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for young fans of James Patterson and John Grisham. 

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie—they know it’s a...

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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

By Colin Meloy
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets—imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.

It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before...

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The Underland Chronicles Book One: Gregor the Overlander

Underland Chronicles: Book #1

By Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 6 hours 34 minutes

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York... Read more »

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The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book #1

By Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and... Read more »

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Mysterious Benedict Society: Book #1

By Trenton Lee Stewart
Narrated by: Del Roy
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret... Read more »

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The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One      
The Heroes of Olympus: Book #1

By Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
Length: 16 hours 33 minutes

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing... Read more »

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The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle

The Trials of Apollo: Book #1

By Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain... Read more »

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Inkling

By Kenneth Oppel
Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

From the acclaimed author of The Nest, The Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that's come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group... Read more »

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The False Prince

Ascendance: Book #1

By Jennifer A. Nielsen
Narrated by: Charlie McWade
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes

In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are... Read more »

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The War That Saved My Life

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

Winner of the 2016 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
 
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to... Read more »

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Beautiful Blue World

By Suzanne LaFleur
Narrated by: Christy Carlson Romano
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.
 
Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.
 
But the army is recruiting children, and paying... Read more »

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The Inquisitor's Tale

Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

By Adam Gidwitz
Narrated by: Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer & Arthur Morey
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons.
 
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a... Read more »

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

By L. M. Montgomery
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Listen to the timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit, before the new NETFLIX series premieres. This audiobook includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this children’s favorite! 
 
Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a... Read more »

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When You Reach Me

By Rebecca Stead
Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post
 
This Newbery Medal winner that has been called "smart and mesmerizing," (The New York Times) and "superb" (The Wall...

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From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By E.L. Konigsburg
Narrated by: Jill Clayburgh
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg’s beloved classic and Newbery Medal­–winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia... Read more »

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The Journey of Little Charlie

By Christopher Paul Curtis
Narrated by: Michael Crouch & Christopher Paul Curtis
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck--the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina--has come to collect a... Read more »

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Sabriel

The Old Kingdom: Book #1

By Garth Nix
Narrated by: Tim Curry
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes

A tale of dark secrets, deep love, and dangerous magic!

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With... Read more »

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Artemis Fowl Movie Tie-In Edition

By Eoin Colfer
Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

From a strikingly original voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon Unit. These aren't... Read more »

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Inkheart

INKWORLD SERIES: Book #1

By Cornelia Funke
Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
Length: 15 hours 34 minutes

From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery.

Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret--he possesses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her... Read more »

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