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Audiobooks

We are excited to share a special collection of audiobooks in partnership with Bolinda BorrowBox.

Our audiobook collection offers an enticing invitation to enter different worlds, cultures and experiences. So plug in to your phone, laptop, ipad or desktop and enjoy this amazing collection.

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Hairy Sam Loves Bread and Jam

Written by: Sally Rippin

Narrated by: Gareth Prosser

Recommended for 7+

Sam makes a mess when he eats jam. Can he fix it? Yes, he can! Hairy Sam just can't help himself. He loves bread and jam! But what happens when he gets sticky jam all over the school and the other monsters? He'll have to figure out a way to save the day.

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Sally's Spotlight
A Monster Calls

Written by: Patrick Ness

Narrated by: Jason Isaacs

Recommended for 7+

Costa Award winner and Guardian Prize winning author Patrick Ness delivers an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

 

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming …

 

This monster is something different though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

 

It wants the truth.

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About the Author

Patrick Ness is the multi-award-winning author of books for adults, young adults and children. A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd and which Patrick also adapted for the screen (2016, starring Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones), is published in forty languages. An adaptation of the first in his Chaos Walking trilogy - starring Tom Holland (Spiderman) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) – was released in 2021.

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Patrick has won every major prize in children’s fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice, and he won the Olivier Award for the stage adaptation of A Monster Calls. He created and wrote the 8-part BBC Doctor Who spinoff Class and as a screenwriter has written for Fox, Lionsgate, Apple, Warner Brothers and Entertainment One. His new middle grade series, Chronicles of a Lizard Nobody, is being published by Walker this September 2024.

 

Find all his books at https://patrickness.com/

Why Sally chose this book

This is one for older children and their parents. I read it to my two older boys when they were in their early teens and all three of us were left completely shattered and weeping. Interestingly, both my boys went back to it several times as they got older, I suspect to press against that old bruise that a beautifully told story of love and loss can create.

The British writer Siobhan Dowd began this story of a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s loss, as she was dying of breast cancer herself. Patrick Ness took it over and turned it into the award-winning and beloved story it is today. As he said of Siobhan: “she had the characters, a premise, and a beginning. What she didn't have, unfortunately, was time.”

Jason Isaacs brings pathos and gravitas to his recording of the story.

Other books coming soon!

New titles will be announced each month in our monthly audio book newsletter.

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