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Kids Grades 6 to 8 Digital Books

Talking book player and cartridges.

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A Crack in the Sea by HM Bouwman

Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, sets off on a great adventure with his sister, Kinchen. They are joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. Commercial audiobook.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Thirteen-year-old Arturo spends his Miami summers playing basketball and sometimes working a few shifts as a dishwasher at Abuela's restaurant. His lazy vacation takes a different turn when a cute poetry enthusiast moves into his apartment complex, and then a smarmy land developer threatens the community.

First Rule of Punk by Celia C Pere

Punk rocker, Zine maker, Mara Luisa is moving to Chicago with her Mexican-American mother and starting th grade in a new school.  When she begins her first day with a    rebellious start, she needs to figure out how she’ll fit in and still hold on to her uniue character. 

Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park Raffa

Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic. If only Raffa's father would allow him to experiment freely.  When he finds out others are using potions to change animals into weapons, it will take all of his skill to survive.  

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Running. That's all that Castle Cranshaw aka Ghost has ever known. But never for a track team. His game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: natural talent.

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her.

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a Munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.


Neil Armstrong: the first man on the moon.

Explores the astronaut training and flight that led Neil Armstrong to become the first astronaut to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Secrets, lies, gizmos, and spies: a history of spies and espionage.

A collection of spy accounts from around the world and across centuries. Covers actual and fictional operatives, high-tech gadgets and weapons, classified operations, and artful deceptions.

Ray Charles: "I was born with music inside me"

Biography of musical legend Ray Charles (1930-2004), who became blind at age seven. Chronicles his education at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and his career.


Traces the science of satellite development from Sir Isaac Newton's theories on gravity to the construction of rockets and man-made orbiters like Sputnik 1 and the Hubble Space Telescope.

MySpace/ourplanet: change is possible.

A guide to the small steps people can take every day to protect our environment, from buying clothes and food to exercise options.

Almost astronauts: thirteen women who dared to dream.

Discusses the thirteen American women who passed the stringent physical and mental exams required to become astronauts in the 1960s but were disqualified on the basis of gender.

Learn to speak music.

Musician draws on his practical experience to provide a guide to creating, performing, and promoting your own songs. Discusses playing an instrument, forming a band, writing lyrics, and more.

Asteroids and comets.

Discusses the devastation caused by asteroids, comets, and meteors that have struck Earth in the past. Covers the 1908 Tunguska event, impact craters, the birth of Earth's moon, the extinction of the dinosaurs, near-Earth objects, and future threats from space.

Garbage and recycling.

Discusses the increasing amount of trash produced by Americans and compares waste-management methods from around the world.

Every bone tells a story: Hominin discoveries, deductions, and debates.

Discusses the scientific knowledge derived from four human ancestors: Africa's Turkana Boy, Portugal's Lapedo Child, Washington state's Kennewick Man, and an Italian glacier's Iceman.

Pioneers in astronomy and space exploration.

Profiles the lives of thirty-seven pioneers of astronomy and space exploration, from the ancient Greek astronomer Eudoxus of Cnidus to astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

Why?: answers to everyday scientific questions.

Science writer gives nontechnical answers to fifty-four questions about nature and the earth, the human body and mind, and physics and space.

The science of science fiction

Uncovers the real science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, and explores such topics as cloning, artificial intelligence, living on Mars, alien life, and space and time travel.