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Author: various authors Narrator: Abigail Revasch, Adam Lazarre-White, Dominic Hoffman, Julia Whelan, Samantha Quan, Sunil Malhotra, Ellen Oh, Kwame Alexander, Tim Tingle, Meg Medina, others, Dion Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781524721145

Publisher Description

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.


In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.


From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

Table of Contents & Cast of Narrators:

“Foreword,” written and read by Ellen Oh

“How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium” by Matt de la Peña, read by Dion Graham

“The Difficult Path” by Grace Lin, read by Samantha Quan

“Sol Painting, Inc.,” written and read by Meg Medina

“Secret Samantha” by Tim Federle, read by Julia Whelan

“The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn” by Kelly J. Baptist, read by Adam Lazarre-White

“Choctaw Bigfoot, Midnight in the Mountains,” written and read by Tim Tingle

“Main Street” by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Abigail Revasch

“Flying Lessons” by Soman Chainani, read by Sunil Malhotra

“Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents,” written and read by Kwame Alexander

“Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” by Walter Dean Myers, read by Dominic Hoffman


"There's plenty of magic in this collection to go around." -Booklist, Starred

"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers"

-Kirkus, Starred

"Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms.”-School Library Journal, Starred

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  • “An anthology packed with lively stories from standout children’s authors, and a winning ensemble of narrators brings the collection to life. Every listener will find stories they can relate to and opportunities to exercise their empathy. If your kid isn’t already hooked on short stories, this collection will be a great introduction to their magic.”

    - ReadBrightly (An Ultimate Audiobook Pick for Summer 2017)
  • There’s plenty of magic in this collection to go around.

    - Booklist, Starred
  • A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers.

    - Kirkus Reviews, Starred
  • Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms.

    - School Library Journal, Starred
  • Thought provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed.

    - Publishers Weekly, Starred
  • Whether or not middle-schoolers read the afterword . . . they are sure to agree that they need to read more books by these authors, whose storytelling styles and genuine feel for adolescent struggles and triumphs will inspire them to seek out their other work.

    - The Bulletin, Starred
  • “There’s a story for every listener in this lively and winning anthology from We Need Diverse Books. Dion Graham brings just the right energy and keen understanding to Matt de la Peña’s brilliant “How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium.” Tim Federle’s “Secret Samantha,” as narrated by Julia Whelan, is another standout, and authors Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, and Kwame Alexander each bring their own authentic voices and storytelling chops to their entries. All of the narrators here deliver skilled readings, matching the moods of the ten stories. It’s a collection to be savored and the perfect introduction to these superb authors.”

    - AudioFile


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017

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About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Educated by her father until she was sixteen, she also studied under Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Theodore Parker. A prolific writer, her most famous work was Little Women, a timeless American classic.

About the Narrators

Abigail Revasch is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress. She has starred in television shows such as 7th Heaven and ER and has narrated numerous video games and commercials, as well as audiobooks. She holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.

Adam Lazarre-White, best known for starring as Nathan Hastings on The Young & The Restless, also gained notoriety on Living Single, Girlfriends, Will & Grace, The Parkers, and in the Emmy Award–winning miniseries The Temptations. His other television and film credits include Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Deliver Us from Eva, Ocean’s 13, All about You, and Forgiveness. Lazarre-White has many credits as a voice artist on commercial radio, television, and film. He graduated from Harvard and then returned home to New York to train at Terry Schreiber Studios and continue his work on LA stages, notably in Romeo & Juliet, The Trojan Women, and Neil Labute’s This Is How It Goes.

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.

Samantha Quan is a graduate of the Graduate Acting Program at New York University. She has performed on stage in New York and regionally, including at the Ensemble Studio Theater and the Globe Theaters. Samantha presently resides in Los Angeles, where she works in film and television.

Sunil Malhotra is an actor and voice artist. His film credits include Dude, Where’s the Party?, Call Center, 24, ER, Cold Case, and The West Wing. On stage, he has performed on Broadway and at East West Players. He has also worked as a writer, producer, and director, and his audiobook narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Ellen Oh is the cofounder of We Need Diverse Books and author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy for young adults. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014. She is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, speaker, educator, and bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other works include the novels He Said, She Said and Booked, as well as his nonfiction debut, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. He is the cofounder of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program.

Meg Medina is the author of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She is also a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.