Strange and Stranger
If you are ready to take middle school adventures to a whole new level, try these two audiobooks.
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
Jett, the son of a wealthy Silicon Valley typcoon, knows how to get his own way. Always. He is an expert at gaming the system.
In an attempt to rehabilitate his son, Jett's father enrolls him in a summer camp deep in the Arkansas woods. The Oasis of Mind and Body Wellness has some basic rules: no meat, no pets, no screens.
Jett knows this regime isn’t going to work for him and immediately resorts to subversive activities including unauthorized trips into town and adopting a pet lizard. Three campers join him in a series of madcap adventures.
Their activities become serious when the foursome realize that there is a subversive staff member, hypnotically controlling the minds of wealthy adults and bilking them out of vast amounts of money.
Weird Kid by Greg van Eekhout
Jake Wind’s life is getting even more complicated. In addition to beginning middle school, he is experiencing major body changes, and it’s not just puberty. Truth is, Jake is an alien who came to earth as a flaming blob of goo” and was adopted by a couple. Without warning, his human form can suddenly shift to an animal or take on the appearance of an unusual creature.
He meets Agnes, a tall girl who takes fitness and investigating mysteries to a new level. She aspires to be a save the world like her comic book superhero Night Kite.
Odd things are happening in town. Sinkholes begin appearing throughout town They discover xenogel, a mysterious substance that resembles Jake's goo. Town residents are becoming imblobsters, resembing humans in appearance but act strangely. Is there a connection? The two slueths seek are looking for answers.