Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

What do you think about audiobooks? 

We resisted them for a long time—partly out of habit, and partly out of the idea that listening to an audiobook isn’t reading. It’s letting someone tell you a story.

And then it hit us. That’s the best thing about them.

Books didn’t come first in the evolution of story. Narration did: the mythologies we dreamed up by firelight in the caves of our ancestors; the fairytales we invented to pass long, winter nights; the magical hopes and dreams we shared beneath the harvest moon.

The magic of books came later, when we began to write them down. But books weren’t the first magic.

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Just $1.99 for this middle grade fantasy from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!

Just $1.99 for this middle grade fantasy from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!

The Iron Trial, by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

What would you do if you couldn’t seem to fail in spite of yourself? Celebrate like crazy, right? Yeah, us too. But not Callum Hunt. He’s miserable to find himself entering the Magisterium. Because magic is wildly dangerous, and he’s smart enough to know it.

   

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Just $1.99 this month for the first in this fantasy series! (Book three coming in October!)

Just $1.99 this month for the first in this fantasy series! (Book three coming in October!)

Going Wild, by Lisa McMann

Welcome to September! Take a walk on the wild side with Going Wild, on sale this month for just $1.99, with book three in the series coming in October. Charlie Wilde finds a bracelet that gives her the powers of the animal kingdom, but she has no idea how to control it. With the help of her new friends, she has to learn to harness its power, while investigating the mystery of the strange artifact.

   

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$1.99 today only! The 40th anniversary edition of this children’s classic!

$1.99 today only! The 40th anniversary edition of this children’s classic!

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Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

Steven reviewed this one on Goodreads in a single sentence that sums it up for us both: “I don’t see how a middle grade book can do this to somebody.” A brilliant and powerful read, this Newbery Medal winner is a literary classic. At $1.99 *today only* for the ebook, this is a perfect time to add it to your collection.

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New Release! A lyrical middle grade novel we can’t wait to read! 

New Release! A lyrical middle grade novel we can’t wait to read! 

The Land of Yesterday, by K. A. Reynolds

“Six weeks plus one day ago, Cecelia Dahl understood the world. She resided in a town called Hungrig, in a crooked house named Widdendream. … Then Monday rolled into Tuesday and Cecilia did the bad thing. Now the world had narrowed down to this: Tuesday hated Cecilia and Cecilia hated it back.”

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“Why is that book on sale?” An insider’s look at some great reads.

“Why is that book on sale?” An insider’s look at some great reads.

Nightbooks, by J. A. White

The Thickety first came out in 2014, followed (like clockwork) by The Whispering Trees in 2015, Well of Witches in 2016, and The Last Spell in 2017 (which was, in fact, the last spell, as it concluded the series.)  So why is it on sale now, in 2018?

$1.99 Kindle Sale ($6.24)

Because Nightbooks came out four days ago, on July 24. A book that has nothing to do with the Thickety series. What?

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Sword & Sorcery for Middle Grade Readers

Sword & Sorcery for Middle Grade Readers

Beyond the Wicked Willow, by M.J. Rocissono

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“In 2012 two things changed the life of fourteen-year-old Frankie Fretini forever. The first was the death of his father—we’ll talk more about that later. The second thing was the malocchio. What’s the malocchio, you ask? The Italian evil eye. A curse, jinx, hex, hoodoo. A whammy.”

So begins the story of Frankie Fretini, whose ancestors encountered a witch almost eight hundred years ago, leaving behind a paranormal mess he’s about to inherit. Frankie and his friends hide from a bully in a carnival fortune teller’s booth and end up in the Middle Ages, with no choice but to track down the witch and deal with her if they ever want to get back home.

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Can You Solve These Puzzles?

Can You Solve These Puzzles?

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

$2.99 Kindle Sale! ($7.99)

Given the overwhelming popularity of this title, we’re ashamed to admit we only learned of it last year, and by accident at that. A young reader told us our first novel was one of his two favorite books ever. Our reaction? Shock. Stunned silence. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Desperate attempts to gather wits and act casual.

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The List by Patricia Forde

The List by Patricia Forde

A Thought-provoking, Dystopian World

The List is a fascinating dystopian tale of a post-apocalyptic society in which language is limited to only 500 words. And falling. The leaders of Ark–a relatively save haven in the midst of chaos and wilderness–believe words are to blame for the cataclysmic Melting. Scientists and journalists used words to hide the impending global disasters behind pretty lies and false promises until it was too late.

Now, only the aging wordsmith and his young apprentice, Letta, are allowed to use words that are not on the List–collecting and protecting them until the day that humanity might once again deserve the full range of language and expression. When the wordsmith fails to return from a word collecting mission, Letta must take his place, only to discover that the promises of Ark itself are beginning to unravel.

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Prince in Disguise by  Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

An Adorable Holiday Slump-buster!

Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.


REVIEW:

I was SO excited to be approved for this Disney-Hyperion title on Net Galley, and it did not disappoint!

If you’re in the mood for a fast, slump-buster read–whether to get you back into reading or to kick-start you into the holiday spirit–this is it! I loved Dylan immediately. She’s the awkward, self-conscious, shy younger sister of a beauty-pageant winner, dragged into a high-profile world she never wanted to be part of. When she ends up meeting a boy she might actually LIKE (for the first time, like, EVER), she’s forced to go through the roller coaster of first love on reality television. UGH, right???

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There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed by Andrea Kaczmarek; Illustrated by Eva Künzel

There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed by Andrea Kaczmarek; Illustrated by Eva Künzel

Surprising and Delightful

When twins Jerry and Jacob visit their Gran, they end up with more than they bargained for.

More work—cleaning out her old shed.

More fun—turning that shed into a secret hideout.

And more trouble—thanks to Hob the Goblin.

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