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Audiobooks for Kids 9 to 12

Audiobooks for Kids 9 to 12

Older grade schoolers are ready for adventure. They want to explore new worlds, new ideas, new emotions, and are ready for narratives that can take them there. Introduce them to classics from your own childhood, and new books about young people finding their place in the world.

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Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston

Sir Callie: Book #1

By Esme Symes-Smith
Narrated by: Dani Martineck & Esme Symes-Smith
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

In a magical medieval world filled with dragons, shape-shifters, and witches, a twelve-year-old nonbinary hopeful knight battles for the heart of their kingdom. A thrilling middle-grade series opener that explores identity and gender amid sword fights and magic, and proves anyone can be a hero.

“These heroes come in all shapes and skills—I...
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A Rover's Story

By Jasmine Warga
Narrated by: Jacob McNatt & Ariana Delawari
Length: 5 hours 29 minutes

The One and Only Ivan meets The Wild Robot in this unique and deeply moving middle grade novel about the journey of a fictional Mars rover, from the Newbery Honor–winning author of Other Words for Home. New York Times bestseller!

Meet Resilience, a Mars rover determined to live up to his name.

Res was built to explore Mars. He was not built to...

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How to Heal a Gryphon

A Giada the Healer Novel: Book #1

By Meg Cannistra
Narrated by: Lillie Ricciardi
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

“A funny, fantastical mystery. . . Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan.” —Laura Ruby, Two-Time National Book Award Finalist and author of the YORK Trilogy

“I could live with these characters and in this world for a good long while. Bring on the sequel!" —New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy

To save her family, she’ll have to make a... Read more »

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Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One

By Maggie Horne
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

A funny, feminist, and queer contemporary middle grade debut about 12-year-old loner Hazel Hill, who after one of her classmates is harassed online, devises a plan to catch the school's golden boy in the act. 

Seventh grader Hazel Hill is too busy for friends. No, really. She needs to focus on winning the school-wide speech competition and...

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Children of Stardust

By Edudzi Adodo
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes

Zero was a mass of conflicting emotions. This would be his first mission. What if they failed to find the Mask of the Shaman King? The entire galaxy was at stake. Zero Adedji dreams of joining one of the Saba guilds—groups of intergalactic explorers. Instead, he must scrape by as a guide to travelers stranded on his home planet of Anansi 12.... Read more »

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Undercover Latina

The Factory: Book #1

By Aya de León
Narrated by: Victoria Villarreal & Aya de León
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

A Latina teen spy goes undercover as a white girl to stop a white supremacist terrorist plot in a fast-paced middle-grade debut from a seasoned author of contemporary crime fiction.

In her debut for younger readers, Aya de León pits a teen spy against the ominous workings of a white nationalist. Fourteen-year-old Andréa Hernández-Baldoquín hails... Read more »

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Dragon Mountain

Dragon Realm: Book #1

By Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang
Narrated by: Kevin Shen
Length: 5 hours 16 minutes

Beast Quest meets Percy Jackson in this epic new middle-grade fantasy series!

Deep within the mountain, a great creature stirred in its sleep. Its eyes rolled back in its head, and its wings jerked wide open . . .

When twelve-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a summer camp in middle-of-nowhere China, he doesn't... Read more »

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Sisterhood of Sleuths

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Narrated by: Moriah Martel
Length: 5 hours 7 minutes

A clever and thought-provoking mystery that pays homage to classic Nancy Drew stories, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Trenton Lee Stewart. 

Maizy always assumed she knew everything about her grandmother, Jacuzzi. So when a box full of vintage Nancy Drew books gets left at her mom’s thrift store, Maizy is surprised to find an old photo of her...

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Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

Merci Suárez: Book #3

By Meg Medina
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes

For Merci Suárez, eighth grade means a new haircut, nighttime football games, and an out-of-town overnight field trip. At home, it means more chores and keeping an eye on Lolo as his health worsens. It’s a year filled with more responsibility and independence, but also with opportunities to reinvent herself. Merci has always been fine with not... Read more »

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Merci Suárez no sabe bailar

Merci Suárez: Book #2

By Meg Medina
Narrated by: Jane Santos
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

Séptimo grado va a ser todo un desafío para Merci Suárez: los maestros son más estrictos, las amistades son más complicadas y su familia es todavía… bueno, ellos siempre hacen que las cosas sean interesantes. Merci también tiene que gestionar la tienda de la escuela con un varón… y el hecho de que él es —pudiéramos decir— amable hace que todo... Read more »

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Double O Stephen and the Ghostly Realm

By Angela Ahn
Narrated by: Tony Kim
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes

Ghosts, pirates and family secrets — Stephen gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out adventure in the ghostly realm, for fans of When You Trap a Tiger.

Stephen loves pirates. What he doesn’t love is his name: Stephen Oh-O’Driscoll. He believes when his Korean mother and Irish father gave him this name, that it was just one cruel setup... Read more »

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Wildoak

By C. C. Harrington
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

When the fates of a snow leopard, a child, and an ancient forest collide, the unimaginable can happen. Perfect for fans of Pax and The One and Only Ivan.

* "Harrington packs her memorably atmospheric debut with compelling issues, but her sharply felt portrayals of two vulnerable youngsters of different species bonding as they find their ways in...

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The Tryout: A Graphic Novel

By Christina Soontornvat
Narrated by: Grace Li, Vaneh Assadourian, Marcha Kiatrungrit, Ashley Austin Morris & Brian Sounalath
Length: TBA

STAND TALL.

BE LOUD.

GAME FACE ON.

This pitch perfect graphic memoir about courage and competition, friendship and belonging is perfect for fans of Smile, New Kid, Rollergirl, and Real Friends.

"A captivating middle-grade gem." - The New York Times Book Review

★ "Funny, relatable, and genuine." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Captures every...

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The Stars Did Wander Darkling

By Colin Meloy
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

A suspenseful and atmospheric horror set in 1980s Oregon, perfect for fans of Stranger Things, Neil Gaiman, and Margaret Peterson Haddix, from New York Times bestselling author and the Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter, Colin Meloy.

Maybe Archie Coomes has been watching too many horror movies.

All of a sudden, the most ordinary things have...

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Invisible: A Graphic Novel

By Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

For fans of Twins and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel audio adaptation about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service... and may just have more in common than they thought.

Can five overlooked kids make one big difference?

There’s George: the brain

Sara: the loner

Dayara: the tough...

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Eden's Everdark

By Karen Strong
Narrated by: Tovah Ott
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

Hailed by Newbery winner Kelly Barnhill as “stunning, moving, and marvelously strange,” this tale of a young girl who stumbles into a magical realm ruled by a wicked witch is a haunting and ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about grief, family, and decades-old magic.

Still grieving the loss of her mother, Eden visits Safina Island, her... Read more »

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Attack of the Black Rectangles

By A. S. King
Narrated by: Pete Cross, Gretchen Bender, Amy Sarig King & Jane Yolen
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Award-winning author Amy Sarig King takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write.

When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends discover what the missing words are, he's outraged.

Someone...

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Amari and the Great Game

Supernatural Investigations: Book #2

By B. B. Alston
Narrated by: Imani Parks
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

Sequel to the New York Times bestseller Amari and the Night Brothers!

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this magical second book in the New York Times and Indie bestselling Supernatural Investigations trilogy—perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.

After finding her brother and saving...

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Agent Most Wanted

The Never-Before-Told Story of the Most Dangerous Spy of World War II

By Sonia Purnell
Narrated by: Caroline Hewitt
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London

Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

“Excellent…This book is as riveting as...
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The Door of No Return

By Kwame Alexander
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

The Door of No Return

“At once beautiful and horrible. Like waves on water, this story lifts the reader up and then plummets down into darkness. The final verses offer a glimpse of hope that I intend to follow into book two. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has become, hands down, my favorite narrator ever. He is fantastic.”

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