Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Staff Picks

Family Friendly Road Trip Reads

Nothing helps pass a long drive in a hot car like a great audiobook! Check out one of these great audio titles about long summers and long road trips:

Dead End In Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Twelve-year-old Jack wants nothing more than to enjoy his summer vacation, but instead finds himself grounded.  But when Jack’s mother forces him to help out their elderly neighbor, Jack finds himself stuck in the middle of a mystery.  A great laugh-out-loud book about growing up in the 1960s, this audio title is read to perfection by the author himself.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
When Turtle is sent to spend the summer on the Florida Keys with an aunt and cousins she’s never met, she has no idea what she’s in for.  A beautiful setting, a big adventure, a pirate treasure hunt, and a group of boys who call themselves “the diaper gang” make Turtle in Paradise the perfect audiobook for a trip to the beach.

My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Jane is determined to have an adventurous summer.  And she does, but each adventure is more unexpected than the last, and each comes with a new friend.  A great listen-aloud book with a lot of heart and characters that are sure to please the whole family.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
What do you get when you put together one pre-teen girl, one car on the verge of a breakdown, one alien invasion, one alien stowaway, one ornery cat, and a race to save all of humanity?  The best, most unbelievable road trip across America!  Join Gratuity Tucci (real name) and her alien traveling companion, J. Lo, on a madcap trip across the U.S.

Cleo Slaughter
Youth Services Specialist