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Author: Max Brooks | Narrator: Jack Black
Grades: N/A
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Two editions, two narrators, one thrilling story. Enjoy this version read by Jack Black, and then be sure to check out the other available version, narrated by Samira Wiley.

The first official Minecraft novel. In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z tells the story of a hero—stranded in the world of Minecraft—who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.
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Author: Julie Berry | Narrator: Jayne Entwistle
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Magic and mayhem abound in this fantasy adventure from the author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her.
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Author: Chris Grabenstein | Narrator: Bryan Kennedy
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: May 23, 2017
“Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity—five-stars." —Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel.
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Author: Lisa Graff | Narrator: Various and Ariana Delawari
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Kids vs. parents. An epic treehouse sleepover. An awesome group of friends. An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.

Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them.
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Author: Dana Alison Levy | Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: May 16, 2017
From the author of The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher comes an epic cross-country train trip for fans of Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet. and Geoff Rodkey’s The Tapper Twins. Pack your suitcase and climb on board with the Johnston-Fischer family.
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Author: Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham | Narrator: Daniel Whiteson
Grades: N/A
Release Date: May 09, 2017
Prepare to learn everything we still don’t know about our strange and mysterious universe.

Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore —there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works.
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Author: Melissa Savage | Narrator: Tara Sands
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: May 02, 2017
The search for Bigfoot gets juicy in this funny and touching story that’s perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw.
 
Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her.
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Author: Holly M. McGhee | Narrator: Jenna Lamia
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: May 02, 2017
In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl’s world — and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes.
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Author: Raymond Arroyo | Narrator: Raymond Arroyo
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: March 07, 2017
“Open the cover, fasten your seat belt, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride.” —Ridley Pearson, author of the New York Times bestselling series Kingdom Keepers

Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil—the fearsome demon, Amon, in this series that’s been described as having “shades of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson” (Booklist).
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Author: Amy Ephron | Narrator: Laraine Newman
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: February 07, 2017
In the tradition of Edward Eager and E.L. Konigsburg, a novel about the excitement—and the dangers—of wishing.

Tess and her brother, Max, are sent for the summer to their aunt’s sleepy village in the English countryside, where excitement is as rare as a good wifi signal.
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Author: Jennifer Bell | Narrator: Jayne Entwistle
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their lives can’t miss this fantasy series opener. Dive into a secret underground city below London where ordinary objects are capable of extraordinary magic.
 
"Part Tim Burton, part J.
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Author: Eric Kahn Gale | Narrator: Graham Halstead
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 17, 2017
“A magical story full of humor and heart.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
 
For fans of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Excalibur legend told from the point of view of a talking dog who wants to be a magician.
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