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ALLEGIANT

ALLEGIANT Divergent, Book 3

by Veronica Roth | Read by Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Narrators Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford conclude Roth’s epic dystopian trilogy with alternating chapters from Tris and Tobias. As their city now exists in an uneasy state of détente between the factionless and those allegiant to the faction system, Tris and her friends attempt to avert impending civil war. Galvin’s portrayal of Tris remains nuanced and emotionally powerful.... Read More

ALLEGIANT
AND I DARKEN

AND I DARKEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Kiersten White | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Fiona Hardingham’s commanding narration steers a clear path through this densely woven tapestry of mid-fifteenth-century intrigue, rife with conspiracy, assassination, and the varied courses of love and loyalty. With measured pacing and a somber tone, Hardingham unfolds White’s sweeping tale of Lada, daughter of the infamous Vlad Dracul, and her younger brother, Radu, who are... Read More

AND I DARKEN
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Benjamin Alire Saenz | Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s neutral tones highlight the simplicity of this powerful, sparely written book. He accurately represents the defensive posture of 15-year-old Ari, who feels distanced from his own life. Miranda’s clipped expression reflects the teen’s frustrating attempts to comprehend secrets and other important aspects of his world: why his father hides his memories of... Read More

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
ASK THE PASSENGERS

ASK THE PASSENGERS

by A.S. King | Read by Devon Sorvari

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Between friends, family, and adjusting to life in a small town, Astrid Jones, a New York City transplant, has a lot on her plate. Her one constant is her ritual of sending love towards airplane passengers flying over her backyard—love she doesn’t have to worry about being returned. Devon Sorvari’s portrayal of Astrid as monotone, self-deprecating, and unemotional makes Astrid a... Read More

ASK THE PASSENGERS
BEAUTY QUEENS

BEAUTY QUEENS

Earphones Award Winner

by Libba Bray | Read by Libba Bray

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 14+

Author-narrator Libba Bray starts with this premise: What would happen if a plane carrying Teen Dream Beauty Queens were to crash on an (almost) deserted island, leaving a handful of girls with no chaperones? She ends with an expertly crafted tale of girl power, a social commentary, and a hilarious spoof on popular TV shows and classic books. As narrator, Bray puts her... Read More

BEAUTY QUEENS
BLACK HELICOPTERS

BLACK HELICOPTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Blythe Woolston | Read by Kate Rudd

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

With a stiff speech pattern and a flat affect to her voice, narrator Kate Rudd draws listeners into this chilling story of teens and terrorism. Valley and her older brother, Bo, have been taught to distrust conventional society, especially the government, which they believe is responsible for the death of their mother. When their father goes missing, Valley and Bo join others... Read More

BLACK HELICOPTERS
THE BOOK OF DUST

THE BOOK OF DUST La Belle Sauvage

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Pullman | Read by Michael Sheen

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

There’s something pleasingly old-fashioned about Michael Sheen’s narration, which is matched by the pleasure of returning to Pullman’s world of daemons and Dust. Sheen fully inhabits the text, and he’s utterly believable as 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead, who meets baby Lyra (heroine of Pullman’s His Dark Materials series) and embarks on a perilous adventure to protect her from... Read More

BOOK OF DUST
CODE NAME VERITY

CODE NAME VERITY

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Wein | Read by Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell

Bolinda Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

To reveal almost anything about the way events in CODE NAME VERITY unfold would spoil the book’s many twists and turns and revelations. It all begins with Maddie, a young pilot, and Queenie, who are both part of the British war effort during WWII. The audiobook is its own revelation—narrators Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring Queenie and Maddie to vibrant life, and... Read More

CODE NAME VERITY
DIVERGENT

DIVERGENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Veronica Roth | Read by Emma Galvin

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

At 16, Beatrice must choose the societal faction she will join. Emma Galvin’s blunt narration of this dystopian novel portrays Tris’s gruff exterior as she defies expectations, her own included, with her choice. Galvin conveys Tris’s emotional growth as she moves through a brutal initiation, making new friends and finding first love. Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on... Read More

DIVERGENT
ELEANOR & PARK

ELEANOR & PARK

Earphones Award Winner

by Rainbow Rowell | Read by Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Two narrators tell the nuanced story of an unlikely first love. The actors excel at differentiating the multiple shifting viewpoints within each chapter of the story. More importantly, they give full voice to the inner feelings and outer expressions of Eleanor and Park and the interplay that depicts their tender relationship. Sunil Malhotra’s neutral conversational tones... Read More

ELEANOR & PARK
AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS

Earphones Award Winner

by Margaret Rogerson | Read by Julia Whelan

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Julia Whelan’s skillful narration intensifies the drama in this stirring debut novel. Using pitch and deliberate pacing to full advantage, Whelan draws listeners into a romantic fantasy world of faeries who covet the creative abilities of humans, using enchantment as currency. Isobel, a talented portrait painter, runs afoul of Rook, the Autumn Prince, and is drawn into the... Read More

ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS
FALLEN ANGELS

FALLEN ANGELS

by Walter Dean Myers | Read by JD Jackson

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 14+

J.D. Jackson brings listeners directly into the jungles of Vietnam with 17-year-old African-American Richie Perry and his fellow soldiers in Walter Dean Myers’s classic story of boys and war. Death is an inevitable companion, bringing the pain of loss and a longing to return to “the world,” no matter how difficult it may have been. Jackson ably navigates the rough language,... Read More

FALLEN ANGELS
FANGIRL

FANGIRL

Earphones Award Winner

by Rainbow Rowell | Read by Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Narrator Rebecca Lowman creates another stunning portrayal in Cath, a fanfiction writer who deals better with her thousands of online friends than the real people who surround her during her first year of college. Lowman begins by expressing Cath’s snarky dialogue as well as her unvoiced fears about separating from her identical twin, caring for her emotionally fragile father,... Read More

FANGIRL
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

Earphones Award Winner

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Christian Coulson

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Fair warning—it’ll be hard to press pause once narrator Christian Coulson begins sweeping you along on this breathless historical adventure. Henry (Monty) Montague; his younger sister, Felicity; and his best friend, Percy, set out from England for a grand tour of Europe, their last youthful fling before surrendering to adulthood. Coulson flawlessly gives voice to Monty’s... Read More

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE
THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER

THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Federle | Read by Tim Federle

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Six months after his sister's sudden death, 16-year-old Quinn is numb, his mother is grieving, and his father is long gone. That might not sound like the premise for a laugh-out-loud audiobook, but Quinn is witty and instantly endearing, which both softens the heartbreak and makes it feel more real. Author Tim Federle's genuine narration is just right--self-deprecating,... Read More

GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR

by John Corey Whaley | Read by Robbie Daymond, Julia Whelan

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Solomon is a 16-year-old who hasn’t left his house since eighth grade, when panic led him to strip to his underwear and immerse himself in the school fountain. Narrator Robbie Daymond emphasizes Solomon’s upbeat and agreeable outlook and his solid, loving family. In contrast, Julia Whelan portrays Lisa as an irritating, insecure manipulator who targets Solomon to feature in an... Read More

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR
HONESTLY BEN

HONESTLY BEN Openly Straight, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Dan Bittner

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult Ages 14+

Dan Bittner’s narration develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in Konigsberg’s earlier book OPENLY STRAIGHT. At the end of that story, Ben has pushed away Rafe, his best friend with whom he had a brief lover relationship. In this follow-up, Bittner quickly reveals Ben’s intelligence and introspection. His delivery continually contrasts Ben’s... Read More

HONESTLY BEN
HOW IT WENT DOWN

HOW IT WENT DOWN

by Kekla Magoon | Read by Cherise Boothe, Shari Peele, Kevin R. Free, Avery Glymph, Patricia R. Floyd, Brian Hutchinson, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Ezra Knight, Peter Jay Fernandez, Hubert Point-Du-Jour, Korey Jackson

Recorded Books
Young Adult Ages 14+

Cherise Boothe anchors this production with her performance as world-weary Jennica, a teen we meet when she tries to save her schoolmate, Tariq Johnson, after he’s shot in broad daylight. In the wake of Tariq’s death, a full cast alternates between points of view as diverse as that of the shooter, who believed Tariq was armed, and that of the Reverend Alabaster Sloan, who comes... Read More

HOW IT WENT DOWN
I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

Earphones Award Winner

by Jandy Nelson | Read by Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Thirteen-year-old Noah believes he shares one heart with his twin sister, Jude, but jealousy and secrets threaten their relationship. Dual narrations by Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein distinguish both protagonists, articulate their changing personalities, animate minor characters, and reveal dramatic truths. When Jude resumes the story at age 16, the two barely speak. Jude... Read More

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN
INSURGENT

INSURGENT Divergent, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Veronica Roth | Read by Emma Galvin

Harper Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Emma Galvin presents an intense, fast-moving narration as conflict rips apart Tris and Tobias’s world. Futuristic Chicago is broken into Factions: groups of people with similar personalities. Galvin captures Tris’s youthful do-or-die attitude as she escapes a ruthless Faction leader and struggles with her love for Tobias. Whether it’s bloody battle scenes or Tris’s intimate... Read More

INSURGENT
MAGGOT MOON

MAGGOT MOON

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Gardner | Read by Robert Madge

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

A newcomer to narration and still a teenager himself, Robert Madge lends his unique voice to this original story. Fifteen-year-old Standish Treadwell has eyes of different colors; he's awkward, illiterate—and the world's only hope to expose a secret the Motherland will do anything to keep hidden. There’s an obvious youthfulness to Madge's voice that is well suited to the... Read More

MAGGOT MOON
MIDWINTERBLOOD

MIDWINTERBLOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Marcus Sedgwick | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

In this audio collection of seven stories, two characters act as the connecting fibers. Julian Rhind-Tutt strengthens those fibers with a stellar narration that exudes mystery and intrigue through meticulous pacing and selective emphasis. As each story takes the audience back further in time, Rhind-Tutt adjusts his dialect and tone to match the period, characters, and events.... Read More

MIDWINTERBLOOD
MONSTROUS BEAUTY

MONSTROUS BEAUTY

by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Seventeen-year-old Hester feels drawn to Ezra, and as she investigates her family history, she learns why. Digging into resources at the Plymouth Library, she learns of an ancestor who was said to be a mermaid, who gave up her life in the sea to marry a human. Narrator Katherine Kellgren smoothly moves between the 1870s and current time. Her talent with accents is put to good... Read More

MONSTROUS BEAUTY
OPENLY STRAIGHT

OPENLY STRAIGHT Openly Straight, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape
Young Adult Ages 14+

Rafe, who’s been out since he was 14, escapes labeling by leaving Colorado for a private boy’s school in New England. From the first, Pete Cross’s narration describes the high spirits of Rafe and his family. His loving mother is overly involved and well intentioned. His father is jokey as he records this big event. Rafe teases his parents affably as he prepares for his great... Read More

OPENLY STRAIGHT
THE PASSION OF DOLSSA

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA

by Julie Berry | Read by Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Dolssa, a young woman condemned to burn to death as a heretic, is rescued and hidden by a peasant girl, Botille, in this historical tale set in thirteenth-century France. Fiona Hardingham narrates Dolssa’s sections in a gentle, lilting tone. Jayne Entwistle’s warm, earthy narration brings to life teenaged Botille, her sisters, and the other peasants in Bajas, where the sisters... Read More

PASSION OF DOLSSA
PERSONAL EFFECTS

PERSONAL EFFECTS

by E.M. Kokie | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult Ages 14+

It’s spring 2007. Seven months ago T.J. died in Iraq, and his younger brother, Matt, is still grieving. With trouble at school and his dad insisting that he ”man up,” Matt struggles to control his anger and grief while searching for a way to connect with his big brother. Nick Podehl narrates this emotionally wrenching story in Matt’s voice, moving seamlessly between details of... Read More

PERSONAL EFFECTS
ROTTERS

ROTTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Kraus | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

His mother's untimely death forces 16-year-old Joey Crouch to travel from Chicago to a small town in Iowa to live with Harnett, the father he has never known. Incessantly bullied by teachers and students, Joey discovers the awful truth behind the foul odor that permeates the shack he shares with Harnett. Far from being the "Garbage Man's" son, as his classmates believe, Joey... Read More

ROTTERS
SAINTS AND MISFITS

SAINTS AND MISFITS

by S.K. Ali | Read by Ariana Delawari

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Narrator Ariana Delawari gives voice to the youthfully uncertain Janna, a Hijabi teen and self-described misfit. An excellent student, she's active in the youth group at her mosque but uncomfortable with both of her divorced parents and resentful of her mother's affection for her older brother and his “saintly” girlfriend. As she tries to overcome having been sexually assaulted... Read More

SAINTS AND MISFITS
SALT TO THE SEA

SALT TO THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruta Sepetys | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, Michael Crouch

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

The points of view of four young people caught in the clash between Germany and Russia during WWII are well realized by four narrators. Lithuanian Joana, Prussian Florian, Polish Emilia, and German Alfred share their secrets in alternating chapters. While the narrators’ differing vocal qualities are a plus, they make no attempt at reproducing cultural accents, instead... Read More

SALT TO THE SEA
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jandy Nelson | Read by Julia Whelan

Brilliance Audio
Young Adult Ages 14+

Seventeen-year-old Lennie has always lurked in the shadows. She's happy playing music and reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS while her older sister, Bailey, shines on stage and off. When Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie thinks she should be grieving but instead finds herself torn between two boyfriends and a profusion of inappropriate responses. Julia Whelan's myriad tones and perfect... Read More

SKY IS EVERYWHERE
SOLO

SOLO

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess | Read by Kwame Alexander

Blink
Young Adult Ages 14+

This novel-in-verse, written by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, sings with the despair, hope, and love that wash over 17-year-old Blade, a budding musician. Alexander’s affection for Blade is obvious through his narration. He wrings every drop of emotion from a poignant story of a teen who is missing his mother, who died years ago, and battling his father, a broken-down... Read More

SOLO
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicola Yoon | Read by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, Dominic Hoffman

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

This trio of narrators turns the alternating voices in this story into a terrific audio. Bahni Turpin emphasizes the raw, seething emotions of Natasha, a Jamaican teen who is in the U.S. illegally. Natasha has only one day to avoid being deported. Into her day walks Korean-American Daniel, portrayed by Raymond Lee. Lee’s narration begins calmly but soon shows how Daniel is... Read More

SUN IS ALSO A STAR
TESS OF THE ROAD

TESS OF THE ROAD

by Rachel Hartman | Read by Katharine McEwan

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Listeners might be forgiven for not immediately liking protagonist Tess, since, as it turns out, she doesn't like herself very much either. Katharine McEwan gives voice to 17-year-old Tess, who is stifled by society and by a strict upbringing, effectively communicating her anger and deep hurt. Tess inhabits the same world created by author Hartman in SERAPHINA--a world shared... Read More

TESS OF THE ROAD
WE WERE LIARS

WE WERE LIARS

Earphones Award Winner

by E. Lockhart | Read by Ariadne Meyers

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

Narrator Ariadne Meyers’s tone is candid as 17-year-old Cadence Sinclair Eastman reveals ugly realities about her proud, wealthy family. She harshly judges her bigoted, manipulative mother, aunts, and grandfather from a secure position as one of the “the Liars”—the younger generation of teens who spend summers on an exclusive island. Soon Meyers reveals the opposing views of a... Read More

WE WERE LIARS
WORDS IN DEEP BLUE

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE

Earphones Award Winner

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

Listening Library
Young Adult Ages 14+

An achingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and literature from Australian author Cath Crowley is given an engrossing narration by Chelsea Bruland and Hamish R. Johnson. Rachel Sweetie’s inconsolable grief over her younger brother’s death opens a story that unfolds in multiple layers. Returning to the town where she grew up, Rachel reconnects with old friends, particularly Henry... Read More

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE

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