August Reading Challenge

Great family audio books for road trips! 

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Al Capone does my shirts

Al Capone does my shirts

Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
2009

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

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Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

Colfer, Eoin
2004

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius - and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

DiCamillo, Kate
2002

When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect, least of all, that she'll adopt Winn-Dixie, a dog she names after the supermarket where they met. Opal is lonely at first, but with such an unusually friendly dog at her side, she makes some unusual friends and discovers she has a whole lot to be thankful for.

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The best Christmas pageant ever

The best Christmas pageant ever

Robinson, Barbara, 1927-
2006

The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

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

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

Konigsburg, E. L.
1995

Having run away from home with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve year old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

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Fudge-a-mania

Fudge-a-mania

Blume, Judy
2000


The golden compass

The golden compass

Pullman, Philip, 1946-
2003

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

Rowling, J.K.
2015

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'." Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! Pottermore has now launched the Wizarding World Book Club. Visit Pottermore to sign up and join weekly Twitter discussions at WW Book Club.

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Inkheart

Inkheart

Funke, Cornelia
2003

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 father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time? Includes an excerpt from Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart, read by Brendan Fraser.

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The lightning thief

The lightning thief

Riordan, Rick
2005

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 tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lewis, C. S.
2005

Open the door and enter a new world. Narnia ... the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter ... a magical country waiting to be set free. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they've been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch's sinister spell. Performed by Michael York

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One story, one song

One story, one song

Wagamese, Richard, author
2016


The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

Birdsall, Jeanne, author.
2008

The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

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The Roald Dahl audio collection

The Roald Dahl audio collection

Dahl, Roald, author, narrator
2013


A single shard

A single shard

Park, Linda Sue.
2002

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
2009


The wonderful wizard of Oz

The wonderful wizard of Oz

Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919.
2012

After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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