"The Ten Thousand Doors of January" by Alix E. Harrow

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
In Chapter 1 of this novel, January Scaller, the main character and narrator of the book, shares a memory with the reader, flashing back to the age of seven. She has accompanied her well-to-do white caretaker on a trip to Kentucky in the early 1900s. She has copper-colored skin, nice expensive clothes and, when in the immediate vicinity of her wealthy guardian, is treated well enough, despite the curious stares always following her. Away from his protection, January experiences a different treatment due to her unusual blended heritage; people don't seem to like or tolerate "in between things." In this sample selection, January runs away from this upsetting treatment and ends up in a colorful, dreamscape-like field where a curious door stands. She desperately hopes that, upon opening it, the door will lead her away from the ugly world behind her. The author uses her love of words, descriptive imagery, and beautiful metaphors to weave an introduction to a powerful, fantastic story tale. January introduces her audience to the enticing idea of special, unique Doors which lead to new and incredible worlds.

"Three Times Lucky" by Sheila Turnage

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
In this sample, the main character and comic narrator, quirky 11 year old Mo, explains to her readers how she is the only kid she knows who needs to 'research her own autobiography.' Mo is a detective, eagerly investigating the mystery of where and who she came from. Although loved greatly by her adoptive, and not quite typical family, she is desperately curious about where she came from and who her "Upstream Mother" could be. In this selection (beginning portion of Chapter 3), the author provides readers important background information along with glimpses of the connections and love she has for her adoptive family, the Colonel and Miss Lana.