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From the Top: A Podcast for Young Readers...and Everyone Else!

From the Top: A Podcast for Young Readers...and Everyone Else!

By Jake Lewis

A podcast for young readers (and adults too!) where host Jake Lewis reads the first chapters of classic and new YA (young adult) stories and novels, throwing in his commentary as he goes! You never know what surprises are in store, so tune in for all the fun with a new episode every Monday!
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#20: SHAD HADID & THE ALCHEMISTS OF ALEXANDRIA, by George Jreije
#20: SHAD HADID & THE ALCHEMISTS OF ALEXANDRIA, by George Jreije
Shad dreams of owning a bakery, but before he can do that, he has to contend with high-school bullies, as well as an enormous pudding-like monster and a mysterious stranger with a pet salamander.
53:38
December 05, 2022
#19: THE FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley
#19: THE FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley
Daunis is at a crossroads in her life, as she faces challenges in and outside of her family.
47:49
November 28, 2022
#18: HOW I BECAME A GHOST, by Tim Tingle
#18: HOW I BECAME A GHOST, by Tim Tingle
Things are about to change forever for our narrator as he learns about a dispute being his people, the Choctaws, and the neighboring group.
25:47
November 21, 2022
#17: IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth
#17: IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth
Reservation kid Lewis enters 6th grade at a mostly-white middle school, and tries to blend in, but his Indian ways prove to be a bit of a conflict for him.
37:16
November 15, 2022
#16: ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger
#16: ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger
Ellie senses something is very wrong with someone she cares about. So, with her ghost dog companion, Kirby, she sets off to uncover the truth.
47:45
November 07, 2022
#15: TEN by Gretchen McNeil
#15: TEN by Gretchen McNeil
Minnie and Meg are headed to a by-invitation-only party on a secluded island. There is bad weather and frenemies on the way too. What could possibly go wrong?
27:56
October 31, 2022
#14: THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey
#14: THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey
A writer is given a series of journals written by a man who claims to be 130 years old, and what he finds in the notebooks is a story unlike any he's ever read.
33:28
October 24, 2022
#13: CORALINE, by Neil Gaiman
#13: CORALINE, by Neil Gaiman
A spooky read for the Halloween season!
39:46
October 17, 2022
#12: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller
#12: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller
Lily, her older sister Sam, and their mother are moving from sunny California to rainy Sunbeam, Washington, when they see a tiger lying in the road. Is it real or imagined? And will helping the animal also help them heal their broken family?
29:30
October 10, 2022
#11: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews
#11: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews
To Greg Gaines, high school is the worst place ever. But when he meets the dying girl, his world will change forever. ***WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT.***
28:48
October 03, 2022
#10: THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall
#10: THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall
The four Penderwick sisters and their father are spending their summer vacation at Arundel, a mysterious cottage in the mountains, run by the enigmatic Mrs. Tifton.
32:21
September 19, 2022
#9: FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg
#9: FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia is tired of the injustice as the only girl in her family, so she plots to run away with her favorite little brother, Jamie.
35:28
September 12, 2022
#8: OPERATION DO-OVER by Gordon Korman
#8: OPERATION DO-OVER by Gordon Korman
A violent storm suddenly strikes a county fair, and Mason didn't even want to be there in the first place! Will Mason be able to do-over the events that led to this crazy night?
17:13
September 05, 2022
#7: THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black
#7: THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black
It's a lazy Sunday afternoon when three sisters are visited by a mysterious man who claims to be from another world...and to be their real father. WARNING: THIS CHAPTER CONTAINS A SCENE OF VIOLENCE THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL READERS.
32:57
August 29, 2022
#6: VANISHING OF THE 7TH GRADE by Evan Baughfman
#6: VANISHING OF THE 7TH GRADE by Evan Baughfman
Sophia's move to a new neighborhood coincides with other strange things going on in her new town.
28:01
August 22, 2022
#5: THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
#5: THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
A story begins in which a witch must be given the youngest member of a village each year to maintain peace.
14:58
August 15, 2022
#4: HELLO, UNIVERSE! by Erin Entrada Kelly
#4: HELLO, UNIVERSE! by Erin Entrada Kelly
Sixth grader Virgil Salinas is a Grand Failure, but the summer vacation ahead of him may change his mind.
21:59
August 13, 2022
#3: SWEEP: THE STORY OF A GIRL AND HER MONSTER by Jonathan Auxier
#3: SWEEP: THE STORY OF A GIRL AND HER MONSTER by Jonathan Auxier
We meet a girl who is a chimney sweep and her father-like figure.
18:47
August 01, 2022
#2: THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani
#2: THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani
Our narrator begins writing a journal about the way her town -- and the world -- is changing, hoping one day her long-lost mother will find and read it.
24:45
August 01, 2022
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00:41
August 01, 2022
#1: SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng
#1: SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng
Our narrator decides to create a podcast about life on Earth with the hopes to send it into space so aliens will understand our planet.
16:57
August 01, 2022