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Hit the road with these audiobooks

Chris Erickson/For Steamboat Pilot & Today

Summer is the time for family road trips, and what better way to share this car time than with an audio book that everyone will love?  the following books are good for just about any age group and will keep everyone wanting more.

“Save me a Seat”

by by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

“Save me a Seat” is the story of Joe. Joe doesn’t quite fit in at school, it’s hard for him, and kids make fun of how hard school is for him. And now his Mom is the lunch lady. 

While she needs the job and Joe understands, that doesn't mean it's going to be easy to live with, especially when the school bully get wind of it. The one thing that Joe looks forward to is what is for hot lunch every day. Each chapter starts with what is for lunch that day.  It brought me back to the days that I had hot lunch.

Ravi is the new student from India, his family had to move so his dad could have a new job in America.  While he speaks very good English, everyone has a hard time understanding what he says due to his accent, even how to pronounce his name.

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Ravi is a good student, but things are taught a little differently in India than they are in America.  So, people think he is slow because he is different. Ravi so wants to be more American, but his family wants him to hang onto his Indian culture.

These two boys come together to overcome the bully and find that they are not so different in the end.  People are people.  This is such a moving story about personal growth and learning it’s ok to be different, that it brings out the inner strength in people to stand up and make a change, even if only for themselves.

“Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery”

by Heather Vogel Frederick

“Absolutely Truly: a Pumpkin Falls Mystery” is so many things in a book.  It is a mystery, but it is also a story about personal acceptance. Truly, yes that's her name, is from a long list of Truly's.  Almost 6 feet tall at age 12, she is forced to move to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, where her family is going to take over the long-standing bookstore that has been in her family for years.  Pumpkin Falls is very different from any place that her family has ever lived. It’s a small town, like Steamboat.

As Truly is helping in the bookstore, she finds a mysterious letter stuffed into a very special signed first edition of Charlotte's Web. This letter written is Shakespeare, and now Truly wants to know who wrote this love note.  This letter brings several kids together to follow the clues of the letter.  But as things get rolling, Charlotte's Web disappears, who would have taken such a special book?

Truly is able to friendship and make other friendships happen in this small town with a group that all loves books.

“Murder on the Orient Express”

by by Agatha Christie

This is truly a classic who-done-it.  Agatha Christie is a wonderful writer who spins a tale so detailed that you don't know until the very end who did it.  No one knows what is going to happen when they all board the train, but when the train is delayed by the snow, events start to happen.  Who is dead and how did they die?  My 11-year-old daughter was enthralled to the very end, as was I.

Happy listening.

These audiobooks are available at Off the Beaten Path bookstore and Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Chris Erickson is store manager at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.