These Sci Fic & Fantasy Audiobooks Will Take Middle Grade Readers to New Worlds

By Ruth Guerrier-Pierre, Supervising Librarian, Youth Services
September 9, 2020

After I read a book I love to listen to it and dig deeper into the world that I just read. For avid science fiction and fantasy readers, here is a list of old and new titles to listen to. Have a seat and listen to these stories that will take you on an adventure. If you prefer, you can reserve a paper copy to be picked up at one of our grab-and-go locations.

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The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley, read by Roslyn Alexander (audio version)

Princess Aerin, an outcast among her people, will become the hero who will wield the blue sword.

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The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham, read by Fiona Hardingham (audio version)

The monsters the Bog Noblins have returned! To defeat them, Rye O’Chanter, who once helped exile the Luck Uglies, must save the town of Drowning. Book 1 in the Series.

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The Jumbies  by Tracie Baptiste, read by Robin Miles (audio version)

 Eleven-year-old Corrine must save her island home from an evil ancient magic.

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The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of The Supernaturalby Patricia McKissack, read by Brian Pinkney (audio version)

A collection of African American ghost stories.

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The Serpent’s Secret written and read by Sayantani Dasgupta (audio version)

When Kiranmala's family is attacked by demons she realizes that the crazy, fantastical stories that her parents told her were true.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega, read by Almarie Guerra (audio version)

Luce and her best friend accidentally woke up an ancient evil that wants to destroy their town. With the help of Syd’s aunt, a witch, they must save their town.

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia (audio version)

Twig’s family is cursed—a curse that is meant to last forever. But everything changes when a descendant of the witch who cursed her family moves in next door and wants to be her friend.

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Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly, Read Brittany Pressley (audio version)

Kymera is different from other girls.  She has raven wings, a snake tail, cat eyes and claws. She loves her father, but starts to doubt his motives when she meets a boy in town.

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When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, read by Kim Mai Guest (audio version)

To save her grandmother who has been kidnapped by the cruel Tiger Emperor, Pinmei and her friend Yishan must find the Luminous Stone.

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A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence yep, read by Joanna Ryder (audio version

 Precocious ten-year-old Winnie accidentally brings to life Miss Drake's "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents. 

Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!