Listen Together with Your Middle Grader – Magic and Mystery

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Listen Together with Your Middle Grader – Magic and Mystery

Do you miss reading together now that your child is on to full-length, middle-grade novels? Audiobooks to the rescue! Download the Overdrive app on your favorite device or fire up the old CD player. Get out the coloring books, modeling clay, or Legos or get the sound system set up to play MP3s or CDs in the car. Audiobooks are a hands-free, voice-saving way to continue enjoying books together with your 5th - 8th grader. This list is for readers who love magic and mystery.
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Your middle grader watched all the Harry Potter movies multiple times but maybe balked at those bulky books. Now you can listen to the audiobook together and enjoy all those extra details that didn’t make it onscreen. Join the orphan Harry as he escapes his miserable life with the non-magic Dursleys and harnesses his spellbinding destiny at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. A modern classic. Format: MP3 on Overdrive. Also available on CD.
 
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James Trotter is another mistreated orphan that uses magic to escape the ill-treatment of his home life. Some charmed crystals dropped by the peach tree outside the house of his heartless aunts, Sponge and Spiker, produce a juicy vehicle that rolls James far far away. The giant peach also contains several oversized talking insects that serve as eccentric travel companions on the wild journey. A classic. Format: MP3 on Overdrive.
 
From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Did somebody say escape? That’s just what twelve-year-old Claudia Kinkaid and her little brother Jamie do when they run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With instrument cases packed with clothes, the siblings flee their stressful school lives and plunge themselves into a world of beauty and elegance. But before long they’re wrapped up in a mystery they never imagined, on a journey taking them all the way back to the Italian Renaissance. A classic and Newberry Medal winner. Format: MP3 on Overdrive. Also available on CD.
 
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
If an art museum is a strange place to live, how about a smuggler’s inn? Twelve-year-old Milo lives in just such a place with his adoptive parents. Counting on a calm winter break, Milo is dismayed to find his home filled with unexpected guests. Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, decide to make a game out of figuring out who everybody is and why they are there. But as the guests start sharing their stories about the mysterious house, Milo realizes he has a lot to learn about his house and his own personal history. Edgar Award winner for Best Juvenile Mystery. Format: CD.
 
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
If stories contain hidden truths in the Greenglass House, that’s doubly true in Meggie’s life. Her beloved father, a binder of rare books, possesses the magical power of “reading” fictional characters into the real world. There is a lot Meggie doesn’t know about her father’s past and mysterious disappearance of her mother. When her father suddenly goes missing, twelve-year-old Meggie figures out her father accidentally released villains from a sinister fantasy novel. She goes on a chilling and dangerous adventure to save her father’s life; in the meantime, Meggie also discovers her own magical power. Format: MP3 on Overdrive. Also available on CD.