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THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Sherman Alexie | Read by Sherman Alexie

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 12+

At birth, Arnold “Junior” Spirit survives brain surgery but he wonders if he will survive the Spokane Indian reservation, where he lives. The teasing about his lisp and stuttering is worse than the poverty and alcoholism that surround him. Rather than risk intellectual death, he transfers to a white school, where he and the school mascot are the only two Indians. The author’s... Read More

ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Gavriel Savit | Read by Allan Corduner

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Allan Corduner’s deep voice pairs well with the graceful, intelligent prose in this mesmerizing account of a girl whose life in Krakow, Poland, is altered forever by the encroaching horror of WWII. Seven years old when her father, a professor, is taken by the Nazis and too young to fend for herself, Anna is taken under the wing of the Swallow Man, an enigmatic stranger who... Read More

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN
THE ASK AND THE ANSWER

THE ASK AND THE ANSWER Chaos Walking, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Patrick Ness | Read by Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 12+

The narration of this stunning dystopian tale by Nick Podehl and Angela Dawe can only be described as outstanding. The second installment of Ness’s trilogy finds 13-year-old New World colonist Todd Hewitt and his friend, settler Viola Eade, at the mercy of self-proclaimed and manipulative President Prentiss. Together they must fight for their freedom and the preservation of the... Read More

ASK AND THE ANSWER
BEASTLY

BEASTLY

by Alex Flinn | Read by Chris Patton

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In this contemporary take on Perrault’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Chris Patton’s narration ably renders 16-year-old Kyle Kingsbury, a guy with looks, money, and peer adulation whose world is irrevocably altered when a witch turns him into a beast. Most characters are defined with pacing and inflection, among them Kyle’s distant and uncaring father and his compassionate—and... Read More

BEASTLY
BEAUTY

BEAUTY The Retelling of Beauty & the Beast

by Robin McKinley | Read by Charlotte Parry

Recorded Books
Children Ages 12+

Charlotte Parry’s narration brings out the charm of this older children's rendition of this timeless fairy tale. Parry lends a dainty yet spirited voice to the young protagonist who, although plain, is nicknamed Beauty. Parry’s down-to-earth narration captures Beauty’s innocence as well as her determination to take her father’s place as the beast’s prisoner. By doing so, Beauty... Read More

BEAUTY
BEFORE WE WERE FREE

BEFORE WE WERE FREE

by Julia Alvarez | Read by Julia Alvarez

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Twelve-year-old Anita is growing up in the Dominican Republic. It is a bounteous tropical paradise replete with a loving extended family and many friends. Yet, as Anita tells her diary, she is increasingly aware of her world’s dangers for adults who disagree with the island’s dictatorial leader. When her own family escapes to safety in New York, the situation of those left... Read More

BEFORE WE WERE FREE
BEHEMOTH

BEHEMOTH Leviathan Trilogy, Book Two

Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Westerfeld | Read by Alan Cumming

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

BEHEMOTH, which follows Westerfeld's LEVIATHAN, is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It's 1914 in this steampunk story, which includes events from WWI. Deryn poses as a boy named Dylan in order to be a midshipman for the English Darwinists. She meets and helps Alek, who's posing as a commoner because he's in danger as heir to the Hapsburg Empire. Narrator Alan Cumming... Read More

BEHEMOTH
BEING JAZZ

BEING JAZZ My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

by Jazz Jennings | Read by Jazz Jennings

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

In 2015, the picture book I AM JAZZ, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, about a transgender girl, was No. 3 on the American Library Association’s Top Ten Banned Books. Now Jazz Jennings gives voice to her story in a new way by narrating what she calls her memoir on growing up transgender. Jennings’s youthful enthusiasm and her acute memories of the difficulties posed by... Read More

BEING JAZZ
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruta Sepetys | Read by Emily Klein

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Emily Klein quickly convinces listeners of the harsh reality and perceptive viewpoint of Lina, an artistic 15-year-old Lithuanian. Klein’s evocative inflections mirror Lina’s family’s confusion and fear as they’re woken by Stalin’s soldiers and loaded onto cattle cars labeled “Thieves and Prostitutes,” which are headed to a labor camp in Siberia. Klein doesn’t hold back from... Read More

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
BITTERBLUE

BITTERBLUE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Cashore | Read by Xanthe Elbrick

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Xanthe Elbrick reads with insight garnered from her narration of a previous book in this series (FIRE). She infuses the prologue of this installment with the confused feelings of Bitterblue’s childhood, in which she was caught between her father’s cruelty and mother’s comfort. Her father, who is gifted with special powers, uses them to control others. He’s also told marvelous... Read More

BITTERBLUE
BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN

BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN

by Elizabeth Wein | Read by Lauren Saunders, Maanuv Thiara

Bolinda Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In alternating journal entries and letters, 16-year-old adopted siblings Emilia and Teo describe Ethiopia’s path to war with Italy in the 1930s and how it involved them in pilot training. Narrators Lauren Saunders and Maanuv Thiara detail the close friendship of Emilia and Teo in a story that also depicts Ethiopian race relations at that time. Listeners will need to give this... Read More

BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN
BLACK ICE

BLACK ICE Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrew Lane | Read by James Langton

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In 1868, a teenaged Sherlock Holmes is learning the ropes of detecting and deducing when his brother, Mycroft, is accused of murder. James Langton's expert narration brings out both the fun of seeing Holmes make mistakes and the tension of observing the boy and his mentor sift through clues to reveal the sinister plot to destroy Mycroft. Langton's consistent characterizations... Read More

BLACK ICE
BLOODY JACK

BLOODY JACK

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren’s coarse accents put us on eighteenth-century London streets, where Mary Faber’s family has died of “pestilence,” leaving the bawling child to scavenge on her own. Kellgren brings out Mary’s feisty nature, showing us how she and her mate, Charley, negotiate begging and danger with self-confidence. By the time Mary’s protector is killed, Kellgren has us... Read More

BLOODY JACK
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE

BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE The Raven Cycle, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Include this audiobook from author Maggie Stiefvater and narrator Will Patton in your 2014 top-10 listening list. The story tells the next installment in Gansey’s quest to wake an ancient Welsh king, aided by his prescient friends Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Blue. Patton masterfully wends through Stiefvater’s mercurial plot, following the line of a story that consistently takes... Read More

BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE
THE BOOK THIEF

THE BOOK THIEF

by Markus Zusak | Read by Allan Corduner

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

This powerful Holocaust story is for mature, sophisticated teens and adults. Set in Nazi Germany, narrated by Death, it is 9-year-old Liesel Meminger’s story. Death watches as she steals the first of 14 books at her brother’s funeral, sensing they will feed her soul even before she knows how to read. Allan Corduner gives Death a strong personality with a dispassionate voice... Read More

BOOK THIEF
BOSTON JACKY

BOSTON JACKY Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren’s exuberant performance reflects Jacky Faber’s irrepressible personality in this eleventh installment of the Bloody Jack series. Here, Jacky finds herself in Boston among friends. Kellgren moves fluidly between singing, narration, and a cast of distinct voices and accents as Jacky copes with her shipping company’s financial problems and the absence of her... Read More

BOSTON JACKY
CARTER FINALLY GETS IT

CARTER FINALLY GETS IT

by Brent Crawford | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Will Carter is a 14-year-old trying to find his way through his freshman year. He stumbles through that coming-of-age time with school, friends, peer pressure, parties, sports, an older sister, bullies, grown-ups, and, yes, girls and sex. He's too cool, not cool enough, immature at times, savvy at others. Brent Crawford's story is laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally poignant.... Read More

CARTER FINALLY GETS IT
CARTER'S BIG BREAK

CARTER'S BIG BREAK

Earphones Award Winner

by Brent Crawford | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Will Carter’s freshman year of high school just ended, and summer looks fantastic. He’s got a gorgeous, smart girlfriend, a close group of guy friends, and a chance to audition for a Hollywood movie being filmed in his hometown. Of course, the best-laid plans often go awry. Nick Podehl narrates with boundless energy and enthusiasm. He gives spot-on portrayals of wacky teen... Read More

CARTER'S BIG BREAK
CATCHING FIRE

CATCHING FIRE The Hunger Games, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Carolyn McCormick

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

This production fulfills the promise of the stunning debut in this series, THE HUNGER GAMES, in which a cruel contest required 24 young people to fight in mortal combat. Carolyn McCormick delivers the first-person narrative of Katniss, the heroine whose brilliant strategy in that book thwarted tradition and turned her and her partner, Peeta, into victors. McCormick's phrasing... Read More

CATCHING FIRE
CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER

CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER

by James L. Swanson | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Will Patton commands the text with a hint of immediacy tempered by the somberness of the moment. In this retelling of the assassination of Lincoln and the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, this balance is essential as the narrative swings back and forth from depictions of a nation in mourning to the almost-wild-eyed machinations of the theatrical Booth. Patton is consistent with... Read More

CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER
CHIME

CHIME

Earphones Award Winner

by Franny Billingsley | Read by Susan Duerden

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Seventeen-year-old Briony Larkin believes she’s a witch who has destroyed her twin sister Rose’s mind and killed her stepmother. Her ability to commune with the mystical Old Ones of the Swampsea fills her with self-hatred. When handsome London bad boy Eldric arrives on the scene, Briony must reexamine what she has for so long assumed to be true. Billingsley’s richly atmospheric... Read More

CHIME
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE

Earphones Award Winner

by Phillip Hoose | Read by Channie Waites

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

This 2009 National Book Award winner introduces listeners to forgotten Civil Rights heroine Claudette Colvin, who (nine months before Rosa Parks) refused to give up her own Birmingham bus seat. Channie Waites superbly narrates a text that offers both cogent explanations of history, including especially informative sidebars, and first-person accounts of those who witnessed the... Read More

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN

by Holly Black | Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

This dark twist on the vampire tale begins with Tana waking up in a bathtub in a house full of corpses. Christine Lakin's voice is chilling as she describes the scene. Tana’s shock is evident in Lakin’s dispassionate tone, which makes the character sound, appropriately, as if she were talking about someone else. Just before nightfall she escapes, along with her newly infected... Read More

COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN
THE CROSSOVER

THE CROSSOVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Corey Allen

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 12+

Alexander’s lyrical free verse and Corey Allen’s musical narration are as magical a combination as this story’s pairing of basketball and poetry. Allen blends rhyming, hip-hop, and jazzy words into a melodic flow. His tones switch like a fast-changing crossover dribble as he narrates from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Jordan Bell, aka “Filthy McNasty.” Filthy crows with... Read More

CROSSOVER
CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO

CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO Bloody Jack, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

With sass and song, Katherine Kellgren portrays Jacky Faber as schoolgirl and part-time tavern performer. Fighting off pirates in BLOODY JACK barely prepared Jacky for the battles she faces after being given the heave-ho as midshipman on the HMS DOLPHIN, losing her true love, and being sent to a Boston boarding school. Kellgren's terrific portrayal of Jacky’s reluctant... Read More

CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO
CYRANO

CYRANO

Earphones Award Winner

by Geraldine McCaughrean | Read by Cynthia Bishop and a Full Cast

Full Cast Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

This entertaining audio production proves that the story of Cyrano de Bergerac stands the test of time. McCaughrean’s adaptation maintains the lyrical integrity of Edmond Rostand’s original play while making it accessible to today’s audience. Trevor Hill is perfect as Cyrano, the man with the unfortunate nose who declares his love for Roxanne through letters while hiding behind... Read More

CYRANO
THE DARK DEEPS

THE DARK DEEPS The Hunchback Assignments, Book 2

by Arthur Slade | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Hunchbacked, shape-shifting Modo reunites with fellow spy Octavia in this second steampunk adventure in Slade’s series. As they seek to uncover the secret behind a monster that is wrecking ships at sea, their own ship is attacked, and Modo is thrown overboard. He then finds himself on a mysterious submarine and becomes embroiled in the lives of the underwater-dwelling Icarians.... Read More

DARK DEEPS
DEATH CLOUD

DEATH CLOUD Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrew Lane | Read by Dan Weyman

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

This bold depiction of a 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes succeeds splendidly. He's as fascinating as Doyle's brilliant creation. Holmes's fans will see how he acquired his vast knowledge and developed into the man he became. Narrator Dan Weyman excels in introducing an intelligent, warm yet shy boy. Sherlock's streetwise friend, Matty, is tough yet sweet, perfectly complementing... Read More

DEATH CLOUD
DODGER

DODGER

by Terry Pratchett | Read by Stephen Briggs

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

The setting is old London in the reign of Victoria. And our hero is 17-year-old Dodger. Dodger is a “tosher,” a boy who makes a meager living roaming the sewers under London’s streets searching for coins and treasures. One rain-soaked night he rescues a mysterious young woman from the clutches of deadly thugs. With the help of historical figures such as Charles Dickens and... Read More

DODGER
DOUBLE DUTCH

DOUBLE DUTCH

by Sharon M. Draper | Read by Patricia R. Floyd

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 12+

Eighth-grader Delia Douglas is a champion double-dutch jumper. She has great friends and gets good enough grades. She has a secret though; she can’t read, and she can’t hide it much longer as the proficiency tests loom ahead. She has to pass the tests to stay on the double-dutch team and become a freshman. What will she do? Two other suspenseful storylines keep this novel... Read More

DOUBLE DUTCH
THE DREAM THIEVES

THE DREAM THIEVES Raven Boys, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Will Patton’s narration enriches this contemporary fantasy, helping to provide verisimilitude to the setting of Henrietta, Virginia, a town steeped in magic and mystery. His drawl adds authenticity as he hints at the social divide between the prep school boys and those less fortunate. And his softened tones add to the suspense as the crew of boys and their female companion,... Read More

DREAM THIEVES
THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Kelly | Read by Natalie Ross

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate is growing up on a Texas farm with six brothers in 1899. She longs to learn more than what her mother is teaching her—proper comportment, cooking, and sewing. Callie has a raging curiosity and wants to know about everything from Darwin to Dickens. Thanks to her eccentric, educated grandfather, she discovers the science of the world around her. She... Read More

EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE
THE FAMILY ROMANOV

THE FAMILY ROMANOV Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Earphones Award Winner

by Candace Fleming | Read by Kimberly Farr et al.

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

The author brings stellar research and nonfiction storytelling skills to the fate of Russia’s last imperial family, the Romanovs, including young Anastasia. Narrator Kimberly Farr adds energy and soul to their story, conveying a range of emotions as she recounts the highs and lows of the family’s life. She expresses contentment as the close-knit family enjoys their secluded... Read More

FAMILY ROMANOV
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

by John Green | Read by Kate Rudd

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

It's a testament to John Green's writing and Kate Rudd's narration that, in a book about teenagers with cancer, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Green's teens are precocious and clever, and Rudd sells it, delivering every "or whatever" with perfect teenage inflection and fully inhabiting protagonist Hazel as she navigates the world with lungs ravaged by cancer.... Read More

FAULT IN OUR STARS
FEVER CRUMB

FEVER CRUMB

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Reeve | Read by Philip Reeve

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

In a far-future, post-technological London, where Piccadilly Circus has become Pickled Eel Circus and “blog” is a favored expletive, heroine Fever Crumb struggles to unravel her mysterious past and find her place in the changing world. Author Philip Reeve's gently British narration may well remind listeners of Neil Gaiman's reading of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK—Reeve demonstrates the... Read More

FEVER CRUMB
FIRE

FIRE

by Kristin Cashore | Read by Xanthe Elbrick

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In this companion to GRACELING (2008), the Dells is a fantasy world filled with monster animals. Strikingly beautiful 17-year-old Fire, the last human monster, uses her ability to control minds to save the kingdom from warring factions. Narrator Xanthe Elbrick gives Fire a strong voice, which is softened as Fire gives voice to her conflict over how to control her unique gift... Read More

FIRE
FIRE STORM

FIRE STORM Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 4

by Andrew Lane | Read by James Langton

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Narrator James Langton portrays 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes, ably capturing the qualities and quirks that the famed detective became so known for when he grew up. After his American sleuthing partners, Virginia and Amyus Crow, father and daughter, go missing, Sherlock and his friend, Matty, follow clues all the way to Scotland to find them. Their survival hinges on the... Read More

FIRE STORM
GOLIATH

GOLIATH

by Scott Westerfeld | Read by Alan Cumming

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Alan Cumming enthusiastically narrates the continuing airship adventures of Prince Alek, heir to Austria, and Midship(wo)man Deryn/Dylan Sharp as they fly from Istanbul to New York, intent on stopping WWI. Stops in Siberia, Japan, California, and Mexico afford ample opportunity to deploy a range of accents, and Cumming is remarkably skillful at alternating between Deryn's Scots... Read More

GOLIATH
GRACELING

GRACELING

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Cashore | Read by David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton and a Full Cast

Full Cast Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Kristin Cashore's well-developed characters are completely realized in this full-cast production. Chelsea Mixon portrays Lady Katsa, who was born with a horrifying "grace" for killing. Mixon's nuanced portrayal gives an inside view of the confusions that torment this "graceling." These conflicts increase after she meets Po, an empathetic graceling. Zachary Exton's depiction of... Read More

GRACELING
GRAFFITI MOON

GRAFFITI MOON

by Cath Crowley | Read by Ben Maclaine, Hamish R. Johnson, Chelsea Bruland

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Senior year is over, and Lucy and her friends are planning to stay out all night and have an adventure. Lucy wants to find the elusive graffiti artist known as Shadow, while her friend Jazz wants to meet Shadow’s co-conspirator, Poet. Ed and Leo are out for adventure as well—a potentially criminal adventure—but that’s nothing new for the two experienced graffiti artists.... Read More

GRAFFITI MOON
THE HUNGER GAMES

THE HUNGER GAMES

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Carolyn McCormick

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

In this riveting dystopia story of a fascist United States, rebellious districts are punished by the government with the annual Reaping. Each district provides a child at the Reaping to fight to the death against the other districts' children in the Hunger Games, based on the Greek myth of Theseus. The story’s heroine, Katniss, already hardened by a lifetime of poaching to feed... Read More

HUNGER GAMES
IF I STAY

IF I STAY

by Gayle Forman | Read by Kirsten Potter

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Fans of Alice Sebold's LOVELY BONES and Gabrielle Zevin's ELSEWHERE will be captivated by Gayle Forman's latest novel. Mia, a high school senior, is "gravely injured" in an automobile accident that took her parents and younger brother, Teddy. Kirsten Potter infuses Mia's voice with all the emotion, fear, and confusion of a soul hovering between "here" and "there," painfully... Read More

IF I STAY
IN THE BELLY OF THE BLOODHOUND

IN THE BELLY OF THE BLOODHOUND Bloody Jack #4

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Labeled a pirate by the King of England and once again losing her beloved Jamie, series protagonist Jacky is lying low at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Ladies, a respectable finishing school for the daughters of American aristocrats. On a boat trip out of Boston Harbor, Jacky and her classmates are kidnapped by white slavers and stowed below decks on the bad ship... Read More

IN THE BELLY OF THE BLOODHOUND
INVISIBLE

INVISIBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Pete Hautman | Read by Norm Lee

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 12+

Dougie isn’t taking his meds like he should as he continues to feverishly work on his model train town, constructed almost completely on matches. Dougie is beyond troubled, and Norm Lee’s performance of an obsessive teen in deep levels of delusion is nothing short of amazing. Lee gives Dougie’s “logical” explanations an aggressive edge that indicates someone hostile. Lee also... Read More

INVISIBLE
KETURAH AND LORD DEATH

KETURAH AND LORD DEATH

by Martine Leavitt | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 12+

The story of Keturah is a fable, a morality tale, and a sweeping romance tinged with fantasy and the super natural. It’s quite a combination, and the intrigue is heightened when Keturah meets Lord Death and the encounter results in a compelling bargain. Known in the village of Tide-by-Rood as a storyteller, Keturah recounts her dilemma with hope and courage as she tries to find... Read More

KETURAH AND LORD DEATH
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO Chaos Walking, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Patrick Ness | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 12+

The first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy is a wild ride in a new world with some old problems. Patrick Ness built the world, but Nick Podehl pulls the listener into it through the embittered voice of Todd, a droll 13-year-old stuck in a community of men in which everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts. Now and then the book gives a sample of the audible cacophony. Todd... Read More

KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO
LEGEND

LEGEND

by Marie Lu | Read by Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In this dystopian story, two teens who lead very different lives find themselves united in their quest for truth. The two narrators alternate sections of text from the point of view of each character. June, narrated by Mariel Stern, is a military prodigy from a rich sector, and Day, narrated by Steven Kaplan, is a street criminal on the run. As Day, Kaplan reads in a calm, even... Read More

LEGEND
LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN

by Scott Westerfeld | Read by Alan Cumming

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In this alternate history of WWI, Aleksandar Ferdinand is on the run from his former allies, accompanied by four of his loyal men, including his overbearing fencing master, Count Volger. Alan Cumming does an expert Austrian accent, capturing the power of Count Volger and the confusion of Alek. So convincing are those characters and accents that his remarkable portrayal of Deryn... Read More

LEVIATHAN
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Francisco X. Stork | Read by Lincoln Hoppe

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

What a marvelous story! Narrator Lincoln Hoppe finds his way into this teen’s struggle with Asperger's syndrome with a soft hesitancy that's at once appealing and believable. Seventeen-year-old Marcelo must work in his father’s law office for the summer in order to return to the special needs school where he feels so comfortable. Dad is about to get more than he bargained for.... Read More

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD
THE MARK OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON

THE MARK OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Fans will have high expectations for this ninth Jacky Faber adventure—and the Meyer/Kellgren team delivers. The story remains fresh, and Katherine Kellgren plays every part with gusto as the sailor/pirate Jacky escapes death yet again when she’s thrown from her ship during a storm in the South China Sea. Kellgren’s voice is integral to the part of Jacky, with her exasperating... Read More

MARK OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON
MISSISSIPPI JACK

MISSISSIPPI JACK Bloody Jack #5

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

For rousing exploits and acts of derring-do, listen to this fifth Bloody Jack adventure. Once again faced with imprisonment and hanging, the unsinkable Jacky Faber escapes to the American wilderness, where she takes on legendary braggart Mike Fink, steals his flatboat, and turns it into a showboat offering revival meetings, a medicine show, and gambling. As Captain Jacky makes... Read More

MISSISSIPPI JACK
MOCKINGJAY

MOCKINGJAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Carolyn McCormick

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Scarlett O'Hara. Jo March. Jane Eyre. These classic fictional heroines embody female strength and courage. Now add Katniss Everdeen to that list. The teenage survivor of the annually televised "Hunger Games" and the even harsher survivors' reunion, the Quarter Quell, has become the poster child for a rebellion exploding across Panem, her dystopian world. Katniss finds herself... Read More

MOCKINGJAY
MONSTER

MONSTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Walter Dean Myers | Read by a Full Cast

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

What if you were 16 years old, on trial for felony murder, and your degree of guilt had become confused within your own mind? How would you discover the truth? Monster, winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, is written as the screenplay that prisoner Steve Harmon creates during his incarceration and trial, in an attempt to... Read More

MONSTER
A MONSTER CALLS

A MONSTER CALLS Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

by Patrick Ness | Read by Jason Isaacs

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 12+

When his mother falls ill, Conor is visited by a monster in the form of a walking yew tree. Jason Isaacs portrays the troubled teen in a deep voice that hints at the dark nature of the story. He injects sarcastic and suspicious tones into Conor’s voice as the boy battles the feeling of invisibility brought on by his “special circumstances” as his mother’s health continues to... Read More

MONSTER CALLS
MONSTERS OF MEN

MONSTERS OF MEN Chaos Walking, Book 3

by Patrick Ness | Read by Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, MacLeod Andrews

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 12+

Romeo and Juliet meet the MAYFLOWER in the final book of the Chaos Walking series. A scout ship has come from afar to find two teens separated by opposing forces on a new world in space. Now there's war, and three compelling narrators offer three points of view in this dark tale of revenge and redemption. The voices draw listeners in, obviating the need for the strange... Read More

MONSTERS OF MEN
MONTMORENCY

MONTMORENCY Thief, Liar, Gentleman?

by Eleanor Updale | Read by Stephen Fry

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

A delightful Victorian mystery is skillfully narrated by Stephen Fry. During a robbery, the title character falls through a skylight, incurring severe wounds and scars that make him the subject of medical lectures held at the prison. During one of these talks, Montmorency overhears of a new sewer system installed in London. Upon release, he sets himself up as the wealthy... Read More

MONTMORENCY
MOST DANGEROUS

MOST DANGEROUS Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Ray Porter

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Ray Porter narrates in a "you-are-there" style that is well suited to this sweeping story of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Sheinkin focuses on Daniel Ellsberg's discovery and disclosure of government lies and mismanagement in Southeast Asia spanning more than two decades. Porter skillfully suggests the speech patterns and cadence of a variety of characters, including Vietnamese... Read More

MOST DANGEROUS
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL

by G. Willow Wilson | Read by Shanta Parasuraman, Matthew McGee, Nora Achrati, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Kamala Khan has a lot going on—overprotective parents, mean girls at school, and brand-new superpowers. Shanta Parasuraman sounds so natural as Kamala that, for the non-superhero inclined, it’s easy to just consider this an action-packed young adult novel. However, cameos by Iron Man and Captain America remind listeners that we’re in Marvel’s universe. The writing is snappy and... Read More

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL
MY BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN

MY BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN Bloody Jack #6

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren turns 16-year-old magnet-for-trouble Jacky Faber into the most engaging, cheeky girl in YA literature. Kellgren's risk-taking heroine spills over with personality, ingenuity, wile, wit, and wisdom. This time, Jacky—former ship's captain, pirate, riverboat entertainer, wanted criminal, and faithful friend—is captured by the French and beheaded. Or so it seems.... Read More

MY BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN
MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY

MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Jon Walter | Read by Dion Graham

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Dion Graham’s soft voicing of 13-year-old Samuel brings out all the heartache in his young life. Near the end of the Civil War, the free black orphan is sold into slavery by the priest in charge of the orphanage where he lives, condemning him to a life of hardship. This is a time when slaves are being pushed ever harder in order to maintain the lives of their owners. Graham’s... Read More

MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY
NATION

NATION

by Terry Pratchett | Read by Stephen Briggs

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

After a giant wave has hit his home island, Mau returns from the rituals for transitioning from a boy to a man to find that everyone has been washed away. Along comes Daphne, who was washed ashore after the ship on which she was traveling was caught in the same wave. Narrator Stephen Briggs deftly acts as guide as the building of a new nation begins in a time like the... Read More

NATION
OKAY FOR NOW

OKAY FOR NOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary D. Schmidt | Read by Lincoln Hoppe

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Doug Swieteck, who has just moved to a new town and is struggling with an abusive father, is trying to figure out who he is. Lincoln Hoppe has no trouble finding a voice for the hero or accenting the novel’s dark, lyrical tone. The first-person point of view reaches out to involve listeners in the story, and Hoppe makes the most of these invitations. He captures Doug’s... Read More

OKAY FOR NOW
ONCE WAS LOST

ONCE WAS LOST

by Sara Zarr | Read by Sara Zarr

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

This National Book Award finalist tells a quiet, somber story. Sam is a teenager with adult responsibilities. Her charming dad, a pastor, has all the answers to everyone else's troubles, but his professional commitments leave Sam to care for her alcoholic mother. Author Sara Zarr’s observant delivery evokes Sam’s feelings of self-pity and her sense of injustice. When a younger... Read More

ONCE WAS LOST
PEACE, LOCOMOTION

PEACE, LOCOMOTION

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In her sequel to LOCOMOTION, Woodson's format has moved from poetry to letters in this epistolary novel. "Peace, Locomotion" is the sign-off of 12-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion in his letters to his younger sister, Lili. They’ve been separated by the foster care system since the death of their parents five years earlier in a fire. Dion Graham's mellow narration of Lonnie's... Read More

PEACE, LOCOMOTION
PINNED

PINNED

by Sharon Flake | Read by Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Bahni Turpin's buoyant, enthusiastic portrayal of Autumn--the only girl on her high school wrestling team, and its star--stands in sharp contrast to Dominic Hoffman's steely formality as the overachieving Adonis, the wrestling team's manager. Adonis was born without legs and is confined to a wheelchair. In tone and pacing, Turpin captures the energetic Autumn's triumphs at... Read More

PINNED
THE PORT CHICAGO 50

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Narrator Dominic Hoffman serves as an outstanding educator while also capturing the voices of many of the victims of this tragedy. He also portrays Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who became involved with their case. In 1944, on the segregated naval base in Port Chicago, California, 300 black sailors were killed and many others injured when the munitions they were... Read More

PORT CHICAGO 50
PRODIGY

PRODIGY Legend, Book 2

by Marie Lu | Read by Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Immediately after the events of LEGEND, June and Day are on the run from the Republic. They manage to contact the rebel Patriots, who are are planning to assassinate the Republic’s new Elector. The rebels demand the duo’s help as payment for keeping them safe and for healing Day’s wounded leg. Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan narrate in alternating chapters. Stern’s narrative... Read More

PRODIGY
RAPTURE OF THE DEEP

RAPTURE OF THE DEEP Bloody Jack, Book 7

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren's diligent research and tremendous talent shine through as she recounts the latest adventures of sailor Jacky Faber and her illustrious crew members, each with his own distinct voice and accent. In this installment, Jacky is just about to marry her true love, Jamie, when she is unceremoniously scooped up by Royal Intelligence and commanded to carry out a... Read More

RAPTURE OF THE DEEP
THE RAVEN BOYS

THE RAVEN BOYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

"Do you believe in magic?" Answer that after you've listened to the first title in Stiefvater's new Raven Boys series. Narrator Will Patton takes you into a world of psychic powers, legends of the Welsh King Glendower, and the ley lines (mystical energy fields) that transect a sleepy Virginia town. Patton inhabits young Blue Sargent, who is raised in a family of psychics but... Read More

RAVEN BOYS
REBEL FIRE

REBEL FIRE

by Andrew Lane | Read by Daniel Weyman

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Young Sherlock Holmes returns in this transcontinental adventure. He travels to America with his friends Virginia and Amyus Crowe to foil a Confederate insurgency and rescue a kidnapped friend. Narrator Daniel Weyman handles the nonstop action with aplomb. He speeds up his pace as Sherlock escapes death on horseback, ship, and train. Characters have unique voices and... Read More

REBEL FIRE
RIVERKEEP

RIVERKEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Martin Stewart | Read by James Cosmo

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Narrator James Cosmo’s rich, raspy tones immerse listeners in the darkly humorous world created by debut novelist Martin Stewart. Wulliam, almost 16, dreads taking up the family mantle of riverkeep, clearing the mythical Danék of ice, debris, and corpses. But when his beloved Pappa is possessed by an evil spirit, Wull sets off on an epic quest to find a cure. Along the way, he... Read More

RIVERKEEP
SAVING FRANCESCA

SAVING FRANCESCA

Earphones Award Winner

by Melina Marchetta | Read by Rebecca Macauley

Bolinda Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Francesca doesn’t really need saving, even though it seems her life is going down the loo. With the help of loyal friends, Francesca copes with being one of 30 female students at St. Sebastian’s (formerly, School for Boys), falling in love with one of the most irritatingly smug guys around, and dealing with her strong mother’s sudden breakdown. Rebecca Macauley pauses often,... Read More

SAVING FRANCESCA
THE SCORPIO RACES

THE SCORPIO RACES

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Steve West, Fiona Hardingham

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

Steve West and Fiona Hardingham bring Stiefvater’s lyrical prose to life in this fantasy story about the island community of Thisby and its legendary traditions. With charming accents, West and Hardingham recount the island’s feverish devotion to its annual Scorpio Races, featuring unpredictable and dangerous “water horses.” Told from the points of view of 19-year-old Sean and... Read More

SCORPIO RACES
SEA HEARTS

SEA HEARTS

by Margo Lanagan | Read by Eloise Oxer, Paul English

Bolinda Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

At what point does love become obsession? Australian natives Eloise Oxer and Paul English coax every bit of charged emotion from this complex tale, which tells of the strange wives of the men on fictional Rollrock Island. Oxer uses a high-pitched voice for the crafty sea witch Misskaella, who cackles, mocks, and grieves in equal measure as she discovers she has brought a woman... Read More

SEA HEARTS
SERAPHINA

SERAPHINA

by Rachel Hartman | Read by Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

After 40 years of peace between the kingdoms of Goredd and Dragonkind, there’s a threat from pro-war factions on each side. Sixteen-year-old musical prodigy Seraphina hides a dark, potentially deadly secret. She’s plagued by her mother’s visions, by strange creatures inhabiting her mental “garden,” and by her growing affection for a betrothed prince. Mandy Williams narrates... Read More

SERAPHINA
SHADOW SCALE

SHADOW SCALE A Companion to Seraphina

Earphones Award Winner

by Rachel Hartman | Read by Mandy Williams, W. Morgan Sheppard

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

A listener might get lost in Hartman's rich, complex plot and detailed world-building if not for Mandy Williams's captivating narration. With the kingdom of Goredd on the verge of war, Seraphina travels to gather her fellow half-dragons and struggles to understand her own heritage and abilities. Williams sweeps us along on the journey, never stumbling over Hartman's invented... Read More

SHADOW SCALE
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

by Becky Albertalli | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Narrator Michael Crouch projects both vulnerability and verve in 16-year-old Simon Spier’s voice as he copes with being blackmailed over his sexuality. At the same time, he slowly falls in love with an unknown classmate through email. With obvious respect for the character, Crouch smoothly navigates Simon’s shifts from wry self-deprecation to unbridled anger at his situation... Read More

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT

Earphones Award Winner

by Derek Landy | Read by Rupert Degas

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

This production is exactly the reason young adult fantasy fare can work so well as audio entertainment. Narrator Rupert Degas will be known to fans of Philip Pullman as Pantalaimon in the audios of His Dark Materials, and he does a bang-up job here as well. This is dark comic fantasy, and Degas’s timing and complete grasp of the main character’s personality couldn’t be better.... Read More

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT
STORM

STORM The SYLO Chronicles, Book 2

by D.J. MacHale | Read by Andrew Bates

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Narrator Andrew Bates employs a conversational tone and conveys the intensity of highly charged situations without overwhelming the storytelling. Finally reaching Portland, Maine, after a terrifying escape from their home on Pemberwick Island, 14-year-old Tucker Pierce and his friends are in for a shock: No one is there! They also make the astonishing discovery that SYLO, a... Read More

STORM
SYLO

SYLO

by D.J. MacHale | Read by Andrew S. Bates

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Living on peaceful Pemberwick Island, Maine, Tucker Pierce used to worry about football and girls. Now there’s a lot more to worry about as government SYLO soldiers quarantine the island and establish martial law, ostensibly to prevent a virus from spreading. Narrator Andrew Bates uses a conversational style to convincingly portray Tucker’s high school angst. Once the soldiers... Read More

SYLO
SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD

SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

by M.T. Anderson | Read by M.T. Anderson

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 12+

M.T. Anderson narrates his own extensively researched work in a gentle, emphatic tenor, simultaneously methodical and sympathetic. Although his discussion focuses on Shostakovich's personal experiences, Anderson incorporates a great deal of historical information, using primary sources and detailed accounts of events to give listeners an immersive account of one of Russia's... Read More

SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD
THOMAS JEFFERSON: PRESIDENT AND PHILOSOPHER

THOMAS JEFFERSON: PRESIDENT AND PHILOSOPHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Jon Meacham | Read by Edward Herrmann

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 12+

Edward Herrmann’s authoritative voice lends weight to this young people’s adaptation of Meacham’s book THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER. He sounds like the history teacher you always wanted, bringing history to life and breathing life and humanity into one of our most complicated and contradictory Founding Fathers. Whether he’s relating Jefferson’s belief in the high ideals... Read More

THOMAS JEFFERSON: PRESIDENT AND PHILOSOPHER
UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER

UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER Bloody Jack, Book 3

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren relishes Jacky Faber's escapades in this sequel to BLOODY JACK and CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO. This time the female teen orphan resumes male garb as a prank and, as a result, is impressed into the 1800s British Navy. Kellgren portrays the brutal captain who refuses to release the young woman from service and creates humor with the crew’s delightfully... Read More

UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER
THE WAKE OF THE LORELEI LEE

THE WAKE OF THE LORELEI LEE Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Thanks to Katherine Kellgren’s outstanding performance, Jacky Faber remains a sparkling heroine given to outrageous feats of derring-do. Believing herself pardoned, Jacky sails her sleek, well-armed ship, the LORELEI LEE, to London to finally marry her beloved Jaimy, whereupon she is unceremoniously arrested. Escaping the hangman’s noose, Jacky and 200 unsavory female prisoners... Read More

WAKE OF THE LORELEI LEE
THE WEDNESDAY WARS

THE WEDNESDAY WARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary D. Schmidt | Read by Joel Johnstone

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 12+

In the period of the Vietnam War, Holling Hoodhood starts his seventh-grade year at odds with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Wednesday afternoons are their private time together, and the pastimes are many—from clapping erasers to dissecting various Shakespeare plays. Through Holling, his family, and his school compatriots, Schmidt takes clichés such as perfect families, battle-ax... Read More

WEDNESDAY WARS
WHERE SHE WENT

WHERE SHE WENT

by Gayle Forman | Read by Dan Bittner

Penguin Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

In Forman’s earlier book, IF I STAY, young Adam Wilde persuaded Mia to rouse from her coma after her family died in an accident. Since then, the pair have been out of touch, living on opposite coasts. She’s a cellist on the East Coast. He’s a dissatisfied West Coast rock star who’s about to depart on a European tour. As in the first story, this companion book takes place in 24... Read More

WHERE SHE WENT
WILD ROVER NO MORE

WILD ROVER NO MORE Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures)

Earphones Award Winner

by L.A. Meyer | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Listen & Live Audio
Young Adult Ages 12+

Katherine Kellgren is astounding, as always, as she narrates the twelfth and final book of this series. With such a nimble narrator, listeners will feel as though they’re hearing an entire cast performing men, women, and children with American, Irish, Scottish, and other British accents. Fans of the series know what to expect and won’t be disappointed as Jacky Faber continues... Read More

WILD ROVER NO MORE

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