Great Stories are Perfect for Long Trips
The miles will fly by with books the whole family will enjoy!
The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case
by Alexander McCall-Smith, read byAdjoa Andoh.
Grades 2-4. The author of the internationally popular adult series, the “No. 1 One Ladies’ Detective Agency,” McCall-Smith introduces the heroine of those novels as a little girl on her first case.
by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet
Grades 3-6. Everyone will cheer for the wonderfully precocious Matilda. Her clueless, greedy parents don’t understand her at all and the school headmistress, Mrs. (The) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion and child-flinger extraordinaire, is as frightening a bully as they come. Don’t let the pink cover throw off the boys–Kate Winslet’s exceptional narration and the wild, hilarious story will have the whole family laughing out loud.
by Cornelia Funke, read by Elliot Hill
Grades 4-6. It was bad enough his mother sent him away to boarding school. But when 11-year-old Jon Whitcroft starts seeing murderous ghosts–and worse, they see him–well, who would be happy about that? Does Jon, along with his new friend, Ella, have the courage and skill to send the evil ghost away and redeem the heart of the noble ghost knight? Elliot Hill’s lively British accent wonderfully renders the various characters in this rollicking adventure.
When Life Gives You O. J.
by Erica S. Perl, read by Abigail Revasch
Grades 4-6. Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade she takes care of a “practice dog” made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathy Appelt, read by Lyle Lovett
Grades 4-7. Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. Lyle Lovett’s Southern drawl perfectly matches this action-packed tale, a National Book Award finalist.
Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
by Tom Angleberger, read by Ron Keith
“Grades 4-7. There are so many exciting things in this book – a Stolen Diamond, snooping stable boys, a famous detective, the disappearance of a Valuable Wig, love, pickle eclairs, unbridled Evil, and the Black Deeds of the Shipless Pirates -that it really does seem a shame to begin with ladies’ underwear.” So begins this delightful romp that will keep everyone listening and laughing.
Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos, read by the author
Grades 5-8. This 2012 Newbery-winning, semi-autobiographical tale is set in the historic town of Norvelt, PA in 1962. Twelve-year-old Jack’s summer plans are derailed when he is “grounded for life” by his parents and “loaned out” to help typewrite obituaries for a feisty old neighbor. Heartfelt and hilarious, no one could narrate this gem of a story but Jack Gantos himself. As the Horn Book Magazine reviewer noted, “I’d listen to him read a grocery list, his delivery is that funny.”
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein, read by Jesse Bernstein
Grades 4-8. Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.