On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!
For Teen Readers
This recommended reading list provides a broad list of books related to this summer’s theme of sports, health, and wellness. This list includes audio, braille, and large print titles and is recommended for those reading at a junior and senior high level up to a senior high and older reading level.
To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for braille books begin with BR, large print books begin with LP, and audiobooks begin with DB or DBC. All audiobooks and available braille books listed are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading.
Junior and Senior High
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Download Boy21, DB 75250
Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 6 hours, 30 minutes.
High school senior Finley uses basketball to escape from the mob violence and drugs that rule his small Pennsylvania town. When his coach asks Finley to mentor a troubled teammate, the boys find they are not so different. Some strong language. 2012
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Download Bronx Masquerade, BR 14623
Download Bronx Masquerade, DB 55776
Read by John Polk. Reading time: 2 hours, 32 minutes.
Tough students at a Bronx high school reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and fears during the monthly English class's Open-Mike Fridays. Through their expressions of rap, free verse, and rhymes, the students learn they are more alike than they are different. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Download The Cardturner, DB 75148
Read by Ken Jackson. Reading time: 7 hours, 32 minutes.
Seventeen-year-old Alton turns cards for his wealthy uncle Lester, a champion bridge player who lost his vision to diabetes. Alton becomes intrigued by his eccentric relative, the game of bridge, and a mysterious girl. 2010.
Cruise Control by Terry Trueman
Download Cruise Control, BR 15839
Basketball star Paul's senior year seems perfect but his misdirected anger could ruin everything. He's upset with his father for abandoning the family and struggles to accept brother Shawn's severe cerebral palsy. McDaniel Brothers series, book 2. Some strong language. 2004.
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
Download Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs, DB 72405
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time: 3 hours, 48 minutes.
Teen guide to cooking simple meals and snacks using fresh, healthy ingredients. Includes step-by-step instructions and sample menus for special occasions that use seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. 2009.
Epic by Conor Kostick
Download Epic, DB 66443
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
Erik and his friends live in dual worlds: in an agrarian society and in a high-tech fantasy computer game called Epic, which has real-life repercussions. With his family facing reallocation, Erik must win the game to save them and thereby change both realities. Epic series, book 1. 2004.
Game by Walter Dean Myers
Download Game, BR 18088
Download Game, DB 67450
Read by Dave Corey. Reading time: 3 hours, 39 minutes.
Harlem. African American high school senior Drew Lawson aims to go to college and play basketball for the NBA despite his mediocre grades. Rivalry begins when Drew's coach favors Tomas, a new white teammate from Prague. 2008.
Grandmaster by David Klass
Download Grandmaster, DB 78852
Read by Guy Williams. Reading time: 5 hours, 34 minutes.
Chess club teammates harass neophyte player Daniel Pratzer until he persuades his accountant dad to enter an upcoming father-son tournament. Daniel is happily surprised to discover his dad was once a chess grandmaster--but the competition provokes old demons. 2014.
How I Changed My Life by Todd Strasser
Download How I Changed My Life, DB 43121
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time: 3 hours, 34 minutes.
In alternating chapters, high school students Bo and Kyle discuss a period of change in their lives. At loose ends after a knee injury, former football captain Kyle tries out for the school play. This displeases his girlfriend, Chloe, but delights Bo, the stage manager, who develops a crush on Kyle. 1995.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Download The Hunger Games, BR 18488
Download The Hunger Games, DB 68384
Download The Hunger Games, DB 74957(Spanish)
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 9 hours, 14 minutes.
Read by Maria Fernanda Lloreda. Reading time: 12 hours, 10 minutes.
In a future North America, Panem's rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year's girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Hunger Games series, book 1. Some violence. 2008
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Download Catching Fire, BR 18554
Download Catching Fire, DB 69689
Download Catching Fire, DB 74971(Spanish)
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 9 hours, 31 minutes.
Read by Maria Fernanda Lloreda. Reading time: 12 hours, 27 minutes.
Victorious district twelve tributes Katniss and Peeta have secured lives of safety and plenty for themselves and their families. But because they won by defying the rules, they have unwittingly incited a rebellion. Hunger Games series, book 2. Some violence. 2009.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Download Mockingjay, BR 19134
Download Mockingjay, DB 71734
Download Mockingjay, DB 74983(Spanish)
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 9 hours, 54 minutes.
Read by Maria Fernanda Lloreda. Reading time: 13 hours.
Katniss Everdeen doesn't know whom to trust after she is coerced into helping overthrow the oppressive Capitol. District 13 has chosen Katniss as the Mockingjay--the symbolic leader of the revolution. Hunger Games series, book 3. 2010.
Keeper by Mal Peet
Download Keeper, DB 65441
Read by Michael Russotto. Reading time: 6 hours, 6 minutes.
In an interview with a sportswriter just two days after winning the World Cup, South American soccer star El Gato (the Cat) describes his youth in the rain forest, where a mysterious mentor, the Keeper, taught him all of his game-playing strategies. 2003.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Download Marcelo in the Real World, BR 18579
Download Marcelo in the Real World, DB 70277
Read by Alec Volz. Reading time: 9 hours, 27 minutes.
Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, who has autism, gets a summer job working in the mail room of his father's law firm. Exposed to real-world situations, Marcelo has encounters with his boss Jasmine that bring romance and a myriad of emotions to the surface. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
Download Night Hoops, DB 50476
Read by Chris Parente. Reading time: 5 hours, 40 minutes.
Nick Abbot works hard in his backyard basketball court to make the high school varsity team. Neighbor Trent Dawson--a tough kid and dirty player--makes Nick's life miserable until they both realize that teamwork and friendship mean the difference between success and failure. 2000.
Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz
Download Oblivion, DB 79008
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 24 hours, 16 minutes.
The gatekeepers have finally found one another. And only the five of them can fight the evil force that is on the rise, threatening the destruction of the world. Sequel to Necropolis (DB 69648). Gatekeepers series, book 5. Some violence. 2013.
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Download Payback Time, DB 71870
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time: 6 hours, 20 minutes.
Lincoln High School, Seattle. Overweight and shy Daniel "Mitch" True, sports reporter for the school newspaper, is determined to learn the real story behind Angel Marichal, a talented new football player who refuses to draw attention on the field--or to discuss his past. 2010.
The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
Download The Runner, DB 24825
Read by Lynn Smith. Reading time: 7 hours, 36 minutes.
Running helps Bullet cope with life at home, school, and work. At first it is a way of escaping unpleasant realities but eventually becomes a stern discipline through which he interacts with others. Tillermans series, book 4. Strong language. 1985.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Download The Running Dream, BR 19489
Download The Running Dream, DB 73998
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 6 hours, 44 minutes.
After a school-bus accident, sixteen-year-old Jessica has her right leg amputated below the knee and is convinced she will never run again. But prosthetics, a new friend with cerebral palsy, and the support of her track team help Jessica find a way forward. Schneider Award. 2011.
Safe at Second by Scott Johnson
Download Safe at Second, DB 49426
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time: 6 hours, 2 minutes.
High school junior Paulie's talented best friend Todd is being courted by pro baseball teams and plans to make avid baseball fan Paulie his personal assistant. When a line drive destroys Todd's eye, everyone thinks his baseball days are over--except Paulie.1999.
Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley
Download Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, BR 18564
Download Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, DB 71098
Read by Kimbery Schraf. Reading time: 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Presents creative-writing tips and exercises, from freewriting to understanding the elements of fiction. Provides examples for character development, motivation, and perspective. Assesses difficult aspects of writing fiction, such as creating the setting and mood, and infusing your style and voice into the story. 2008.
Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Download Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, DB 57183
Read by Corrie James. Reading time: 8 hours, 32 minutes.
England, 1817. Two teenage cousins, Cecelia in the country and Kate in London, write to each other about their exploits--which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards. 2003.
Wrestling Sturbridge by Rich Wallace
Download Wrestling Sturbridge, DB 59372
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 2 hours, 55 minutes.
In the small town of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, high school wrestling is a big deal. Ben, a senior, wants to become state champion, but he will have to beat out at least one of his three higher-ranked best friends to do it. 1996.
Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De La Peña.
Download Ball Don’t Lie, DB 72085
Read by Mike Steganelli. Reading time: 6 hours, 56 minutes.
California. Seventeen-year-old basketball star Sticky Reichard flashes back to his horrific childhood. Sticky struggles with grades, his girlfriend, chances of getting into college, his mom's death, and an obsessive-compulsive disorder that helps his game. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.
Black and White by Paul Volponi
Download Black and White, BR 16593
Download Black and White, DB 62540
Read by Bill Quinn. Reading time: 4 hours, 3 minutes.
Long Island. Black Marcus Brown and white Eddie Russo, best friends and high school basketball stars, stick up people for easy money. When a holdup leads to an accidental shooting, the two find unequal justice in a biased system. Strong language and some violence. 2005.
Checkered Flag Cheater by Will Weaver
Download Checkered Flag Cheater, BR 19374
Download Checkered Flag Cheater, DB 73349
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Trace Bonham, a teenaged professional stock-car racer, blows away the competition at every event. But with each victory Trace is increasingly aware that his winning is due to more than just his driving skills. Sequel to Super Stock Rookie (DB 73348). Motor Novel series, book 3. 2010.
Confessions of a Backup Dancer by Tucker Shaw
Seventeen-year-old Kelly Kimball describes in an online diary her experiences as a backup dancer for a teen pop star and how she learns about the price of fame. Set in 16 pt. Plantin. Some strong language. 2005.
Crackback by John Coy
Download Crackback, DB 62753
Read by L. J. Ganser. Reading time: 4 hours, 18 minutes.
At the start of a promising high school football season, sixteen-year-old linebacker Miles Manning faces pressures from his coach, his highly critical father, and his friend Zach, who wants him to take performance-enhancing drugs. Miles also copes with first love and a family secret. 2005.
Dairy Queen series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Download Dairy Queen, DB 62782
Read by Lindsay Ellison. Reading time: 6 hours, 34 minutes.
Red Bend, Wisconsin. Fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk describes her decision to try out for her high school football team. Over the summer she works the family dairy farm, trains Brian Nelson--the rival team's quarterback--and discovers boys and the importance of talking. Dairy Queen series, book 1. Some strong language. 2006.
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Download The Off Season, DB 65720
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 6 hours, 8 minutes.
D.J. is enjoying her linebacker position on the football team and her budding relationship with Brian from a rival high school. But a series of family mishaps drastically changes D.J.'s junior year. Dairy Queen series, book 2. Some strong language. 2007.
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Download Front and Center, DB 70538
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 5 hours, 48 minutes.
Wisconsin. Happy that the football season is over, linebacker D.J. returns to her normal life. But when basketball season begins D.J. stresses about her demanding coach, college scouts, and her ex-boyfriend Brian Nelson. Dairy Queen series, book 3. Some strong language. 2009.
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Download Deadline, BR 17545
Download Deadline, DB 65481
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time: 6 hours, 26 minutes.
Eighteen-year-old Ben Wolf hides his terminal illness from family and friends during his senior year of high school. Since he is now able to live without fearing consequences, Ben allows himself to fall in love, argue with a teacher, and play football. Some strong language. 2007.
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Download Gym Candy, DB 66590
Read by Jonathan Davis. Reading time: 7 hours, 19 minutes.
Football fanatic Mick Johnson, whose social and family life suffer because of his obsession, turns to steroids with hopes of improving his game. He experiences all the nasty side effects of the drug, including rage and depression--until he snaps. 2007.
High Heat by Carl Deuker
Download High Heat, DB 57311
Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time: 7 hours, 48 minutes.
Seattle sophomore and baseball pitching phenom Shane Hunter finds his affluent life at an end when his father is arrested for money laundering. After he moves into city housing with his mother and sister, Shane transfers from private to public school and almost loses his love for the game. 2003.
The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Download The Hoopster, DB 71618
Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time: 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Ambitious teen Andre Anderson is finally given the coveted chance to write at the magazine office where he interns. His article on racism brings fame and a few problems. Attacked by hateful bigots, Andre must overcome emotional and physical trauma. Hoopster series, book 1. Violence and some strong language. 2005.
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Download Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, DB 70717
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 5 hours, 23 minutes.
When Jessie's friends Bizza and Char suddenly turn punk before the start of their sophomore year of high school, Jessie grapples with finding her own identity and gaining new friends, like Dottie. Intrigued, Jessie discovers the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Some strong language. 2009.
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities by Donald R. Gallo
Download Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities, BR 17816
Download Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities, DB 66659
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time: 5 hours, 21 minutes.
Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the opposite sex--and a physical or mental disability. In "See You" two legally blind classmates are bullied. "Brainiac" portrays a girl's return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.
Painting the Black by Carl Deuker
Download Painting the Black, DB 49130
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time: 5 hours, 59 minutes.
When senior Ryan Ward befriends newcomer Josh Daniels, Ryan has no idea that Josh is a star athlete and will soon be the school hero. But after Ryan prevents Josh from assaulting a female student, he faces a moral dilemma--should he turn Josh in? 1997.
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino
Download Pinned, BR 16217
Seniors Ivan and Bobby compete on rival New Jersey high school wrestling teams. While vying for a state championship that would lead to college scholarships, each boy keeps a demanding training schedule and copes with family problems. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.
Rash by Pete Hautman
Download Rash, BR 16729
Download Rash, DB 65447
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time: 4 hours, 50 minutes.
United Safer States of America, 2070s. Sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten is locked up for unsociable behavior like fighting. At an Arctic work camp, he's recruited to play the illegal game of football until the disgruntled warden releases him into a wilderness full of polar bears. National Book Award. 2006.
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Download Twilight, BR 18146
Download Twilight, DB 62066
Download Twilight, DB 67970(Spanish)
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 14 hours.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 15 hours.
After seventeen-year-old Bella moves in with her dad in Washington state she falls in love with high school senior Edward Cullen. Bella discovers that Edward and his adoptive clan are vampires. Though they feast on wildlife rather than humans, Bella is still in danger. Twilight series, book 1. 2005.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Download New Moon, BR 18147
Download New Moon, DB 64367
Download New Moon, DB 67971(Spanish)
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 15 hours, 10 minutes.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 17 hours, 2 minutes.
Edward Cullen and his family leave Bella and her town to prevent them from devouring humans. Brokenhearted Bella turns to adventure-seeking Jacob and motorcycles. Meanwhile, a pack of werewolves tries to protect Bella from a vindictive vampire. Twilight series, book 2. 2006.
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Download Eclipse, BR 18180
Download Eclipse, DB 65812
Download Eclipse, DB 67972(Spanish)
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 17 hours, 20 minutes.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 18 hours, 46 minutes.
Bella must choose between Jacob and Edward. Meanwhile vicious killings occur in nearby Seattle as a female vampire seeks revenge--putting Bella in danger and stirring old enmities. Twilight series, book 3. 2007.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Download Breaking Dawn, BR 18181
Download Breaking Dawn, DB 67238
Download Breaking Dawn, DB 67973(Spanish)
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 21 hours, 17 minutes.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 24 hours, 46 minutes.
Eighteen-year-old Bella Swan marries vampire Edward Cullen after she graduates from high school and must decide whether to become immortal. But her pregnancy threatens both her life and peace between her werewolf friend Jacob and the vampire Volturi coven. Twilight series, book 4. 2008.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Download The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, BR 18998
Download The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, DB 71418
Download The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, DB 70958(Spanish)
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 5 hours, 15 minutes.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 4 hours, 1 minute.
Seattle. Fifteen-year old Bree Tanner doesn't know whom to trust as Riley's army of newborn vampires attacks the Cullens and Bella. Bree struggles to learn the truth before time runs out. A Twilight book. Some violence. 2010.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Download Whale Talk, BR 13547
Download Whale Talk, DB 52057
Read by John Polk. Reading time: 6 hours, 21 minutes.
Talented, multiracial teen T.J. Jones shuns organized sports but agrees to help his favorite teacher pull together a swim team. He attracts a group of misfits who become buddies and champions--earning the ire of the school jocks, whose bullying erupts into violence. Strong language and some violence. 2001.
What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens by Carol Christen
Download What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens, DB 62321
Read by Ken Kliban. Reading time: 6 hours, 2 minutes.
Career guide helps adolescents assess personal abilities, interests, and long-term goals and land their dream job. Offers tips on employment searches and interviews. Examines the option of continuing education after high school or not. Includes resources and profiles of successful young adults. 2006.
Undercover by Beth Kephart
Download Undercover, BR 17831
Sophomore loner Elisa has a talent for observing the world and operates a business ghostwriting love letters for guys. As her parents' marriage disintegrates, Elisa escapes by ice-skating on the local pond. Theo, a client, begins joining her and they fall in love. 2007.
Senior High and Older
Birthright series by Gabrielle Zevin
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Download All These Things I’ve Done, BR 19718
Download All These Things I’ve Done, DBC05454
Read by Grace Rogers. Reading time: 10 hours, 20 minutes.
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenager Anya Balanchine struggles with the legacy of her New York City crime family--and with keeping her brother and sister safe and out of the business. Birthright series, book 1. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2013-2014. Some violence and some strong language. 2011.
Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
Download Because it is My Blood, BR 19765
2083. After Anya Balanchine is released from the Liberty Children's Facility, where she was detained on weapons-possession charges, she tries to move on. But when old friends start calling in debts, a life of crime beckons. Birthright series, book 2. Some violence and some strong language. 2012.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Download The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, DB 77138
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time: 17 hours, 24 minutes.
Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. Bestseller. 2013.
By The Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions by Richard Cohen
Download By The Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, DB 57237
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 21 hours, 17 minutes.
British Olympic fencer details the history of sword fighting from ancient Egyptian times to the twenty-first century. Includes anecdotes about noted warriors, politicians, and actors who wielded the sword; ponders the sociology of dueling--including cheating; and details the art of blade making. Some violence. 2002.
Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job by Ellen Gordon Reeves
Download Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job, BR 18515
Download Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job, DB 69746
Read by Carol Dines. Reading time: 9 hours, 3 minutes.
Provides tips for applying and interviewing for jobs and suggests involvement in networking and mentoring to discover potential employers. Addresses attention-grabbing cover letters, résumé structure, interview basics, and physical preparation. Also answers frequently asked questions and discusses office etiquette. 2009.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Download Chocolat, DB 49086
Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time: 10 hours, 34 minutes.
On the first Sunday in Lent, newcomers Vianne Rocher and her young daughter Anouk open a chocolate shop, La Céleste Praline, near the church in a small French village. Priest Monsieur Reynaud and Mademoiselle Rocher compete for the townspeople's attention. 1999.
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
Download The Contender, DB 26357
Read by Earle Hyman. Reading time: 4 hours, 21 minutes.
A seventeen-year-old Harlem boy has a driving ambition to become a boxing champion. After long and challenging training, he learns that winning is not the only prerequisite for the title. 1967.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Download The Crossover, DB 79528
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time: 1 hour, 58 minutes.
Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. 2014.
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Download Evil Librarian, DB 79820
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 9 hours, 16 minutes.
When Cynthia's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, she is amused at first. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn't quite right and races to save the entire student body. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.
Game Over by James Patterson and Ned Rust
Download Game Over, DB 79257
Read by Milo Ventimiglia. Reading time: 4 hours, 36 minutes.
In Tokyo, fifteen-year-old Daniel X faces two of the most dangerous aliens on the planet, who are plotting to use video games to control children and turn them into an army of doom. Sequel to Daniel X: Demons and Druids (DB 79256). Daniel X series, book 4. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Download The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, BR 12212
Download The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, DB 48270
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time: 6 hours, 29 minutes.
While her brother and mother argue up ahead on the Maine hiking trail, nine-year-old Trisha stops to relieve herself and becomes lost for days in the wilderness. Her imaginary conversations with Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon help her cope with the evil thing that's following her. Some strong language. Bestseller.
Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith Gabrielle by Douglas and Michelle Burford
Download Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith Gabrielle, DB 76347
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 5 hours, 26 minutes.
Autobiography of Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Recounts her early life in Virginia, her professional training in Iowa, and the sacrifices she and her family made to support her dream. Credits her faith and family for her success at the 2012 London games. 2012.
I Never Had It Made: Jackie Robinson: An Autobiography by Jackie Robinson
Download I Never Had It Made: Jackie Robinson: An Autobiography, DB 58600
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time: 9 hours, 7 minutes.
Baseball legend's account of his triumphs and tragedies on the road to becoming the first African American to play major league baseball. Descended from slaves and sharecroppers, Robinson recalls struggling to overcome racial barriers before and after his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Introduction by Hank Aaron. 1995.
No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps
Download No Limits: The Will to Succeed, DB 68428
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time: 7 hours, 41 minutes.
Autobiography of American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China. Describes his Maryland upbringing with two champion-swimmer older sisters, the diagnosis of his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and his training routine. Maintains that hard work, confidence, and perseverance are necessary for success. 2008.
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Download Origin DB 75515
Read by J. Michael McCullough. Reading time: 12 hours, 54 minutes.
Genetically engineered to be immortal, seventeen-year-old Pia was raised in the Amazon by scientists working to create a new race. But when Pia meets Eio in a nearby village, she realizes there is more to life than living forever. Some violence. 2012.
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padain
Download Out of Nowhere, DB 76493
Read by Todd Fox. Reading time: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
Maine. After soccer team captain Tom is caught pulling a stupid prank against rival school Maquoit, he must perform community service: tutoring Somali refugee and fellow soccer star Saeed. When Saeed's talents spark jealousy, trouble follows. Some strong language. 2013.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Download The Power of One, DB 32638
Read by Ed Blake. Reading time: 19 hours, 48 minutes.
A novel portraying the rich mix of nationalities and race in the South Africa of 1939, and describing how one small boy learns to survive. Peekay is sent to boarding school at age five, when his mother has a nervous breakdown. The only English boy, he is hated by the other children, all Africaners. A kindly train conductor, Hoppie, teaches Peekay to box and to use "the power of one." Some strong language. 1989.
Rush by Eve Silver
Download Rush, DB 78420
Read by Teresa Willis. Reading time: 10 hours, 32 minutes.
Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones is pulled into a game in which she and other teens must battle aliens called the Drau to save Earth--and their own lives. Violence and strong language. Game series, book 1. 2013.
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
Download Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, BR 19783
Download Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, DB 59485
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time: 3 hours, 1 minute.
Autobiography of a Hawaiian junior-champion surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack when she was thirteen. Describes her home life and Christian upbringing. Relates the experiences of consulting a blind psychologist about her disability, and relearning the sport. 2004.
What’s Happening to My Body? by Lynda Madaras
Download What’s Happening to My Body?, BR 12992
Download What’s Happening to My Body?, DB 51806
Read by Sharon Murray. Reading time: 8 hours, 17 minutes.
Provides an overview of puberty and discusses changes that take place in a girl's shape, size, reproductive organs, menstrual cycle, and sexuality. Also discusses puberty in boys. 2000.
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
Download Whirligig, DB 46874
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 3 hours, 12 minutes.
Brent Bishop tries to kill himself by driving drunk but causes the death of a teenage girl instead. The dead girl's mother asks him, as restitution, to make four whirligigs with her daughter's face on them and to place them in the four corners of the country. During his summer of travel, Bishop finds that someone in each region takes comfort from the sight of his whirligig. 1998.
Why Soccer Matters by Pelé
Download Why Soccer Matters, DB 80424
Download Why Soccer Matters, DB 77986 (Spanish)
Read by Peter Pereyra. Reading time: 9 hours, 30 minutes.
Read by Graham Halstead. Reading time: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
International soccer legend Pelé--born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Brazil--explores the history of the sport and provides insights into soccer's role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. 2014
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Scrabble by Stefan Fatsis
Download Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Scrabble, DB 54488
Read by John Lescault. Reading time: 18 hours, 35 minutes.
As he progresses from living-room Scrabble player to expert, the author examines the subculture of people devoted to championship tournament play. Discusses the game's history, its international variants, and its controversial elements. Some strong language. 2001.