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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, July 8 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Amazing Audiobooks nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks; narrated by Bahni Turpin
HarperAudio / Katherine Tegen Books 
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062969279 

Aspiring baker Zoe Washington is looking forward to spending her summer working at her family friend’s bakery, and then auditioning to be on a kid’s baking show. On her 12th birthday, Zoe receives a letter from her biological father who has been in prison on a murder charge her entire life. Zoe, who hasn’t heard from Marcus before now, begins writing back, only to find that he has been writing to her all along, and that he claims he is innocent of the charge. In wanting to be able to trust and believe her father, and while keeping the correspondence secret from her mother, Zoe and her best friend try to find her father’s alibi witness.

Master of narration, Bahni Turpin captures Zoe’s adolescent voice in a way that it will appeal to younger teens without sounding too juvenile, and culinary enthusiasts will eat up descriptions of Zoe’s baking adventures and pursuits. Marks’ examination of the justice system will appeal to those interested in social justice and prison reform.

This will easily appeal to fans of cooking shows like The Great British Baking Show, Chopped Junior, and Kids Baking Championship, as well as books with social justice themes such as Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ghost Boys or Lisa Moore Ramée’s A Good Kind of Trouble

–Danielle Jones

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The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones; narrated by Moira Quirk
Little, Brown Young Readers
Release date: September 24, 2019
ISBN:  978-0316418416

Ryn and her siblings are barely making it after the death of their mother and disappearance of their father.  As the only grave digger in a town where the dead don’t always stay dead, Ryn is all that is keeping the people safe from the Bone Houses, the dead that have risen. A map maker comes to town and asks Ryn to take him through the forest so he can map it.  When the Bone Houses attack the town, they go, hoping to find a way to end the plague, and possibly find her father.

This is a gentle romance set in a slightly creepy fairy zombie story.  The happily ever after ending is hard won through adventures both physical and psychological.  The excellent narration by Moira Quirk added to the atmosphere and the light humor that makes this a very enjoyable listen.

Readers who enjoy magical realism like Brigid Kemerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and Holly Black’s faerie stories will like The Bone Houses.

–Cathy Outten

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Kent State by Deborah Wiles; Narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina DeLaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson and David de Vries
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
ISBN: 978-1338356281

May 4, 1970, was the day that the Ohio National Guard opened fire on Kent State’s campus, killing four and injuring nine.  Even to this day, there are still many questions about the reasons for the shooting.  Wiles’ free verse recounting of this day, and the three leading up to it, brings to life a period with which readers may not be familiar while also encouraging them to draw parallels to current day events.  

With a different narrator for each voice, as well as music and sound effects to add to the intensity and realism, the listener is pulled into the story.  Younger teens might also enjoy the breaking of the fourth wall as the narrators speak directly to them.  

Fans of Wiles’ other works, such Anthem and A Long Line of Cakes will enjoy this as well.  For fans of the free verse style and social activism aspects, look to authors such as Jason Reynolds and Elizabeth Acevedo.

–Candace Fox

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  1. What’s up?

    I found this article very interesting…please read!

    Do you remember the blockbuster hit film The Matrix that was released in 1999? You may not know this, but it has deep spiritual implications concerning the times we are living in and Bible prophecy.

    It tells a story of how these “agents” are trying to turn us into machines. We are closer then ever before for this to become a reality when they cause us to receive an implantable microchip in our body during a time when physical money will be no more.

    You may have seen on NBC news concerning the implantable RFID microchip that some people are getting put in their hand to make purchases, but did you know this microchip matches perfectly with prophecy in the Bible?

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…

    You also may have heard of the legendary number “666” that people have been speculating for possibly thousands of years on what it actually means. This article shares something I haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there could be any better explanation for what it means to calculate 666. This is no hoax. Very fascinating stuff!

    …Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    To see all the details showing why the Bible foretold of all these things, check out this article!


    GOD is sending out His end time warning:

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Seek Jesus while He may be found…repent, confess and forsake your sins and trust in the savior! Jesus says we must be born again by His Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God…God bless!

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