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Rob Dircks Narrates Bob, the New Middle Grade Book by Wendy Mass

Wow. So this actually happened: an author tweets that she likes one of my audiobooks, so I tweet back "thanks," and one thing leads to another and suddenly I'm in New York City at Penguin Random House Audio, recording the narration for her next book! That's Wendy Mass up there in the photo with me, she's the New York Times bestselling author of middle-grade fiction including The Candymakers, A Mango-Shaped Space, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. And now she's teamed up with fellow NYT bestselling author Rebecca Stead on their latest creation, Bob. It's a wonderful story about friendship, memory, and probably my favorite of all themes, coming home. (Btw, I performed "Bob," and Nora Hunter performed "Livy.") Here's the publisher's blurb:

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.

It turns out she’s right.

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who―or what―he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.

Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship.

Listen to a quick audio sample: