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Children's and YA Titles

Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast, read by Caitlin Davies. The eighth installment of the House of Night series, which has sold more than eight million copies in print. Marketing includes a "Read Chapter 1, listen to Chapters 2 and 3" promotion via e-mail newsletter blast and an exclusive audio post featured on MTV.com. (Macmillan Young Listeners, Jan.)

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt, read by Cassandra Morris. Eliza panics when the notebook that holds her most private thoughts winds up in the hands of her ex-boyfriend—and he and his friends start blackmailing her. (Dreamscape Media, Jan.)

Cloaked by Alex Flinn, read by Alexander Cendese. Set in Miami, Flinn's latest is a mélange of fairy tales including "The Frog Prince," "The Shoemaker and the Elves," and "The Six Swans." Brilliance is simultaneously releasing the movie tie-in edition to Flinn's Beastly, the "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation that hits theaters in March. (Brilliance Audio, Feb.)

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman. Debut teen author Workman collaborates with award-winning author Myers on a novel about impulsive decisions, dire consequences, unlikely friendships, and second chances. (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, Feb.)

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander, read by Mike Rylander. A humorous debut novel about Mac, a middle school problem-solver, and a nefarious bully named Staples. (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, Feb.)

Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, edited by Marc Aronson, photos and poems by Charles R. Smith Jr. Nine writers try to capture all the sights and sounds of a steamy July day on the West 4th Street basketball court ("the Cage") in New York City. This program includes sound effects that Smith recorded at the Cage and an afterword read by Aronson. (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, Feb.)

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Daniel Weyman. Already a hit in the U.K., this is the first in a new Young Sherlock Holmes series that imagines the young sleuth's beginnings investigating murder mysteries. (Macmillan Young Listeners, Feb.)

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, read by Michael Finney. In this sequel to Saving Francesca, Thomas Mackee must cope with his shattered family after his favorite uncle is blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city. (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, Mar.)

Hothead by Cal Ripken Jr. with Kevin Cowherd. A young shortstop with a short fuse stars in the debut volume of a baseball fiction series by legendary player Ripken and veteran sportswriter Cowherd. (Listening Library, Mar.)

Storm Runners: Wind by Roland Smith, read by Ramón de Ocampo. Chase and his dad are on the trail of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other stormy disturbances in this title kicking off a new series. (Scholastic, Mar.)

Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton. The Printz Honor book tells the story of a girl fighting to survive in sub-Saharan Africa where her family—and world—are overshadowed by AIDS/HIV. A film adapted from the book, entitled Life, Above All, is South Africa's official entry to the 2011 Academy Awards. (Brilliance Audio, Mar.)

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, read by Emma Galvin. National Book Award–winner Blundell's mystery about love, glamour, and the Mob. An interview with the author is included. (Scholastic Audio, Mar.)

Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception by Gary Paulsen, read by Joshua Swanson. Kevin's lies pile up, landing him in (often funny) trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. Paulsen says of Kevin: "He showed up in my thoughts and, although this sounds kind of weird, I heard him say to me, ‘I'm the best liar you'll ever meet.' I wrote down the line on a piece of paper and we were off. I've always said that stories are like dog teams—they run out ahead of you and you hold on and see where you're going." (Brilliance Audio, Mar.)

The 39 Clues, Book 11: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson, read by David Pittu. Though the clue hunt is over, new adventure begins in this four-part story that contains bonus material. (Scholastic Audio, Apr.)

The Resisters by Eric Nylund. Game developer and Halo author Nylund delivers action-packed science fiction in his children's book debut. (Brilliance Audio, Apr.)

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond, illus. by Diane deGroat. Drummond, the Pioneer Woman herself, makes her children's audiobook debut with a new unforgettable character: Charlie, the perpetually hungry, always lovable basset hound who is already famous via Ree's blog (which gets 20 million hits a month) and Facebook. Drummond cooks for dogs, too, and is including one of her favorite pet meals, which will be featured at the end of this recording. (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, Apr.)

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, read by Jonathan Davis. Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, Zafón's tale begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. (Hachette Audio, May)

Troubletwisters, Book 1 by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. A new middle-grade fantasy series starring twins who find they must be wardens against a threatening evil. (Brilliance Audio, May)

Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne. Eight-year-old Noah discovers a magic toyshop and a fascinating toymaker. (Listening Library, May)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. When a plane filled with teen beauty queens crashes on a desert island, Bray's brand of hilarity ensues. (Scholastic Audio, May)

You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White. The Blues, a family of intergalactic aliens, try to escape from a hostile, oppressive distant planet. (Listening Library, June)

Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler. Eleven-year-old Philippa is a pretty average girl at school until a new student named Daisy arrives and confesses that she's Philippa's fairy godsister. (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, June)

Chronicles of the Red King, 1: The Secret Kingdom by Jenny Nimmo, read by John Keating. This spinoff fantasy-adventure series introduces Charlie Bone's magical ancestor. (Scholastic Audio, June)

Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach. The first title in a trilogy about three brothers drawn to investigate the mysterious happenings on Superstition Mountain—a real place in Arizona. (Brilliance Audio, June)

Other Notable Children's Titles

Fear Itself by Andrew Clements, read by Keith Nobbs (Simon & Schuster Audio, Jan.); Dear America: Like a Willow Tree by Lois Lowry, read by Sara Barnett (Scholastic Audio, Jan.); Angel (Maximum Ride, 7) by James Patterson, read by Rebecca Soler (Hachette Audio, Feb.); No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko, read by Becca Battoe, Jesse Bernstein, and Tara Sands (Listening Library, Feb.); The Incorrigible Children of Astor Place: Book 2 by Maryrose Wood (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, Feb.); Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Holter Graham (Macmillan Young Listeners, Mar.); Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler (Simon & Schuster Audio, Mar.); Best of the Best by Tim Green (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, Mar.); Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, read by MacLeod Andrews (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, Mar.); The Red Glove: The Curse Workers, Book Two by Holly Black (Listening Library, Apr.); Book of American Heroes by Glenn Beck (Simon & Schuster Audio, Apr.); FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals) by Michelle Cooper (Listening Library, Apr.); Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry (Listening Library, Apr.); Kane Chronicles II: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, read by Katherine Kelgren, read by Kevin R. Free (Brilliance Audio, May); Wolves of the Beyond: Watch Wolf by Kathryn Lasky, read by Erik Davies (Scholastic Audio, May); The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall, read by Susan Denaker (Listening Library, May); Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, May); Titanic, Book 1: Unsinkable by Gordon Korman (Brilliance Audio, May); The Warlock by Michael Scott (Listening Library, May); Dork Diaries 3 by Rachel Renee Russell (Simon & Schuster Audio, June); Hereafter by Tara Hudson (HarperChildren's Audio, download only, June).

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