Behind the Mic: Hoodoo

Hoodoo is the magic. Hoodoo is the hero.

AudioFile went Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Ron Butler about the ‘magic’ of his performance of HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith. Magic indeed, you’ll come under Ron’s spell to seek out this audiobook.

“Hoodoo, the 12-year-old boy has so much heart—a huge heart—the heart of a poet.”—Narrator Ron Butler

118705HOODOO
by Ronald L. Smith, read by Ron Butler
Dreamscape
AudioFile Earphones Award
2016 Coretta Scott King Award

We loved the way the author weaves together the 1930’s small-town Alabama, Hoodoo’s magical family and the spooky Southern Gothic atmosphere. Narrator Ron Butler pulls in listeners immersing them in this great family listen. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

HOODOO is featured in our 20 Exceptional Audiobooks to Kickstart Your Family Listening, and part of AudioFile comprehensive Kids & Teens Listening lists here.

20 Exceptional Audiobooks to Kick-start Your Family Listening

Start here with audiobook listening for the whole family. AudioFile’s recommendations give you so many stories to share.

Audiobooks and kids make a great match. Intimate and exciting performances from dynamic voices can help bring the stories to life in new ways. We’ve made some great matches for you, pairing up newer titles along with well-loved classics that all share a similar theme or idea.

There are misfit girls, journeys to self-discovery, battles against injustice, and opportunities to learn about cultures and experiences that may be different from our own. There’s sure to be something that will appeal to every young listener in your life—and will be fun for you to listen to right along with them!

Fantastic Worlds
37006.jpgALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
by Lewis Carroll, read by Jim Dale (Listening Library)

If you like Wonderland, you might like . . .

HATCHED
by Bruce Coville, read by Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs, and a Full Cast, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

BAKER’S MAGIC
by Diane Zahler, read by Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch, and a Full Cast, Ages 8+ (Live Oak Media)

THE HIDDEN ORACLE
by Rick Riordan, read by Robbie Daymond, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

Other Times & Cultures
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WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER
by Grace Lin, read by Kim Mai Guest, Ages 8+ (Hachette Audio)

If you like learning about cultures from around the world, you might like . . .

ONE HALF FROM THE EAST
by Nadia Hashimi, read by Ariana Delawari, Ages 8+ (Harper Audio)

THE RED PENCIL
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane W. Evans, read by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Ages 8+ (Hachette Audio)

A CRACK IN THE SEA
by H.M. Bouwman, read by Bahni Turpin, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

The Battle Against Injustice
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THE GIVER
by Lois Lowry, read by Ron Rifkin, Ages 12+ (Listening Library)

If you liked uncovering the world of THE GIVER, you might like . . .

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolyn McCormick, Ages 12+ (Scholastic Audiobooks)

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

by Kelly Barnhill, read by Christina Moore, Ages 10+ (Recorded Books)

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE
by Adam Gidwitz, read by Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley , Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby, Arthur Morey, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

Discovering the Magic Within
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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

If you wish you could learn at Hogwarts, you might like one of these . . .


THE GOLDEN COMPASS
by Philip Pullman, read by a Full Cast, Ages 12+  (Listening Library)

GRAYLING’S SONG
by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren, Ages 10+ (Recorded Books)

HOODOO
by Ronald L. Smith, read by Ron Butler, Ages 10+  (Dreamscape)
Keep your eye out for our Behind the Mic visit with narrator Ron Butler!

Family & Community
20856.jpgBECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
by Kate DiCamillo, read by Cherry Jones, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

If you shared Opal’s family with yours, you might like . . .

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE
by Jacqueline Kelly, read by Natalie Ross, Ages 12+ (Brilliance Audio)

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
by Matt de la Peña, read by Lizan Mitchell, Ages 4-6 (Recorded Books)

BROWN GIRL DREAMING
by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Jacqueline Woodson, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

What audiobooks have you listened to with your kids that you would recommend for someone who loves Harry Potter? What audiobook have they loved that helped teach them more about valuing family and community? Share your favorites in the comments!

Find more great audiobooks here, Audiobooks for Kids & Teens. AudioFile’s dynamic lists come complete with with age ranges.
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