Ages: 8 - 12Producer: Hachette Audio

Based on the popular 2018 science fiction action film, Transformer Bumblebee, the Junior Novel is the story of an unlikely friendship between two lonely misfits from completely different worlds: a 17-year-old girl named Charlie Watson, grieving over the death of her father, and B127, an injured alien Autobot from the war-torn planet Cybertron, who is hiding on earth, disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. The action begins when Charlie discovers B127 (whom she immediately names Bumblebee) in her uncle’s used car lot. Making repairs on Bumblebee, Charlie soon discovers his true identity and secret powers, and the two new friends stumble into a series of mishaps and misunderstanding that transform Charlie’s previously boring existence into a thrilling adventure. Science fiction writer Ryder Windham, known for his adaptations of the Star Wars films, is uniquely gifted in translating visual action into equally exciting words. With his vivid descriptions and Cassandra Morris’s breathless narration, the audiobook’s action sequences are as exhilarating as the screen images that inspired them. Highlights include a high-speed car chase in which Charlie and Bumblebee narrowly escape the hot pursuit of a local sheriff and a slapstick indoor misadventure in which Bumblebee accidentally brings all the appliances in Charlie’s home to life. A sympathetic tale of loneliness, loss, and the transformative power of friendship, Transformer Bumblebee will stimulate young listeners’ enthusiasm for reading and listening to the written word. Set in 1987 and with constant references to mid-1980s popular culture (ET, Gobots, The Breakfast Club, the music of Aha and the Smiths), the audiobook will also appeal to parents who grew up during the era.

David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.

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