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THE AFTERWARD

THE AFTERWARD

by E.K. Johnston | Read by Lisa Flanagan, Meera Simhan, Adenrele Ojo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lisa Flanagan, Meera Simhan, and Adenrele Ojo narrate this LGBTQ romantic tale of epic proportions. The setting is a fantasy world in which there is gender equality but social classes are still kept separate. Kalanthe Ironheart, apprentice knight, and Olsa Rhetsdaughter, professional thief, met during a quest for the godsgem. This story is mainly about what happens once they... Read More

THE AGONY HOUSE

THE AGONY HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Cherie Priest | Read by Haven Burton, Thérèse Plummer, Jesse Vilinsky, Tristan Morris, Adam Grupper

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Mystery meets ghost story meets graphic novel in an audio tour de force that blends genres and formats while fully exploring the unique characteristics of each. Seventeen-year-old Denise and her family are trying to renovate their ramshackle New Orleans home, but the house--and the increasingly nasty ghosts that live within it--seems determined to thwart their plans. Narrator... Read More

ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST

ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST

by Sarah Carlson | Read by Alana Kerr Collins, Gary Furlong

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alana Kerr Collins and Gary Furlong narrate a story of star-crossed young lovers who meet during "The Troubles." Irish-born American teen Fiona returns to Belfast, a place she hasn't been since she was a toddler. A chance meeting with Danny develops into friendship and then love. Having been raised in Wisconsin, Fiona doesn't comprehend the history and continuing violent... Read More

THE ART OF LOSING

THE ART OF LOSING

by Lizzy Mason | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Suzy Jackson is the perfect fit for this YA fiction, the heartfelt story of Harley's journey through growth, forgiveness, and love in the aftermath of betrayal and loss. With its poignant moments of sorrow, the story calls for a narrator who can match the characters' intensity of emotions. It's apparent in Jackson's performance from the first few moments how effective... Read More

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING

by Matt Mendez | Read by Ramón de Ocampo, Cynthia Farrell, Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators tackle the struggles of Mexican-American teens and their families in El Paso, Texas. Each narrator provides a precise portrayal of Mendez's fully realized characters: Juan; his mom, Fabi; and his best friend, JD. Timothy Andrés Pabon captures Juan's coolness and his frustration with being the star basketball player on a losing team. Cynthia Farrell embodies... Read More

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY Wayward Children, Book 3

by Seanan McGuire | Read by Michelle Dockrey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Michelle Dockrey's smooth narration invites listeners to jump into this third installment of the Wayward Children series just as an unexpected visitor falls right into the turtle pond at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. The visitor, Rini, says she's the daughter of former student Sumi--a confusing claim, considering that Sumi was murdered without having had children.... Read More

THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS

THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS

by Ann Braden | Read by Amy Melissa Bentley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Initially, narrator Amy Melissa Bentley portrays seventh-grader Zoey in a youthful timbre and an upbeat tone. However, Bentley's cheerful voice soon flags as Zoey reflects on the oppressive environment in which she lives. Zoey, like an octopus, has become expert at camouflage. She compensates for her mother's inability to function, calms her three young siblings, and learns... Read More

BLACK ENOUGH

BLACK ENOUGH

by Ibi Zoboi [Ed.] | Read by Bahni Turpin, Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The vocal dream team of Bahni Turpin and Ron Butler delivers a poignant, funny, and ambitious YA anthology in which the brightest stars in YA fiction showcase a variety of black American teen experiences. Turpin confidently takes on the female-driven stories, while Butler settles in with the male points of view. Settings include camping trips, disastrous parties, and family... Read More

THE BONELESS MERCIES

THE BONELESS MERCIES

Earphones Award Winner

by April Genevieve Tucholke | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Saskia Maarleveld ably narrates this atmospheric fantasy adventure. The Boneless Mercies are stalwart young women who sell sensitive deaths to those who are ill or otherwise seeking release. Brought together from disparate backgrounds, Frey, Juniper, Ovie, and Runa grow increasingly restless in their profession. Maarleveld narrates through glory-seeking Frey's point of view.... Read More

CIRCLE OF SHADOWS

CIRCLE OF SHADOWS

by Evelyn Skye | Read by Eileen Stevens

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the first of a new fantasy series, narrated by Eileen Stevens, the listener is taken to Kichona, an Asian-inspired land of magic. While on a routine scouting mission, apprentice warriors Sora and Daemon come across an unusual gathering. The two soon find themselves embroiled in a plot against their kingdom and must match wits against a foe long thought dead. Stevens's... Read More

THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

Earphones Award Winner

by Peternelle van Arsdale | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Candace Thaxton conjures up a world both familiar and hauntingly foreign in this adaptation of the Medusa myth. Milla's lonely and confined life is changed when charming Iris comes to live near her family's remote farm. When the rumored local curse of snakes and demons seems to take possession of Iris, Milla must fight to save her friend and her future. Thaxton's... Read More

THE COLOR OF LIES

THE COLOR OF LIES

by C.J. Lyons | Read by Emily Sutton-Smith

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Sutton-Smith navigates the dual points of view of Ella and Alec in this tense thriller. Ella has a tragic past and synesthesia, a condition that allows her to see truth and lies in the auras surrounding most people. Alec is a notable exception. He has no visible aura, as Ella discovers when he turns up on her doorstep to say that her parents' accidental deaths... Read More

COURTING DARKNESS

COURTING DARKNESS

by Robin LaFevers | Read by Angela Goethals, Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

The author pleases fans by returning to the His Fair Assassin series for a story narrated by Angela Goethals and Suzy Jackson. The first of a new duology is set at the end of the French-Breton War in the fifteenth century. Familiarity with the series will certainly aid listeners' understanding. In alternating chapters, Goethals narrates the story of Sybella, who is dedicated to... Read More

THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB

THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB

by Hannah Capin | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jesse Vilinsky narrates a contemporary reimagining of Henry VIII and his numerous wives. Handsome and popular, Henry is at the top of the upper echelon of his Indiana high school. The details of his love life are described by his best friend and one-time girlfriend--Annie "Cleves" Marck. All is not as it seems in Lancaster High School. Using distinct voices, Vilinsky... Read More

DREAMING IN CODE

DREAMING IN CODE Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer

by Emily Arnold McCully | Read by Emily Arnold McCully

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

While some authors' attempts to narrate their own stories fall short of listeners' expectations, Emily Arnold McCully's performance of this audiobook about computer pioneer Ada Byron Lovelace demonstrates that her voice is just as connected to her words as her pen. In a steady and emphatic tone, McCully sets the stage for Lovelace's birth, offering listeners brief background on... Read More

THE DYSASTERS

THE DYSASTERS Dysasters, Book 1

by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast | Read by Emma Galvin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Despite its dramatic premise, this audiobook is a fun, lighthearted high school story much in the same spirit as the Cast duo's HOUSE OF NIGHT series. Snarky teens must learn to harness their exceptional supernatural abilities, lest they bring "dysaster" to those they love. Narrator Emma Galvin captures the spirit of this YA fantasy with her feisty delivery and relatable voice.... Read More

THE ELECTRIC WAR

THE ELECTRIC WAR Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

by Mike Winchell | Read by Greg Tremblay

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

The ebullient calliope music and jaunty tone of narrator Greg Tremblay that begin this audiobook belie the import of its world-changing topic. Listening to technical explanations of the inventors' discoveries in Tremblay's even diction and smooth phrasing helps listeners understand the details of the race between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nicola Tesla to establish... Read More

ENCHANTEE

ENCHANTEE Enchantée, Book 1

by Gita Trelease | Read by Justine Eyre

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Justine Eyre helps transport listeners to prerevolutionary France and the intrigues of Louis XVI's court. After her parents die and her brother fails to offer protection, Camille becomes the penniless guardian of her younger sister. Her only asset is an enchanted dress, which temporarily transforms her into a fashionable beauty, allowing her entrance to Versailles,... Read More

THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER

THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER

by Ben Philippe | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

James Fouhey delivers an entertaining narration of Philippe's debut novel about Norris Kaplan, a black French-Canadian teenager who is reluctantly relocated to Austin, Texas, because of his parents' divorce and his mom's new job. Fouhey injects Norris's voice with the usual teenage snark, amplified by his judgmental "lasting first impressions" of the teens and culture of the... Read More

THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED

THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED

by Kerry Kletter | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jorjeana Marie masterfully narrates this story of mothers, daughters, and fractured relationships. After spending nearly three years in a mental institution against her will, Cassie O'Malley is not sure how to move forward with her life. Marie's narration pulls the listener into Cassie's frame of mind as she attempts to re-enter the world. Cassie spirals between self-reflection... Read More

THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM

THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM Tales from Alagaësia (Volume 1: Eragon)

by Christopher Paolini | Read by Gerard Doyle

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

More than seven years after the publication of the final book in his Inheritance Cycle, Paolini returns with this collection of stories delivered by the narrator of the original series, Gerard Doyle. In the first story, a girl's life is forever changed by a mysterious stranger. The second story gives listeners Angela the Herbalist's backstory. The final story is about an... Read More

FORWARD ME BACK TO YOU

FORWARD ME BACK TO YOU

by Mitali Perkins | Read by Soneela Nankani

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Soneela Nankani delivers a powerful performance of two teens who are on a path to healing and self-discovery. Kat King has just survived an attempted rape, and now even her physical strength as a jujitsu champion isn't enough to make her feel safe around men. Nankani captures Kat's fear, anger, and desperate compassion as she works to help other survivors during a... Read More

FOUR THREE TWO ONE

FOUR THREE TWO ONE

by Courtney Stevens | Read by Bailey Carr, Erin Spencer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

After a promising beginning, narrators Bailey Carr and Erin Spencer skillfully keep this novel on course as it devolves into too many hot-button issues and unrealistic characters and too much unbelievable behavior. Kentuckians Golden "Go" Jennings and her boyfriend, Chandler, travel to New York City to photograph Ellis Island for her grandmother when a bomb explodes on their... Read More

GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT

GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT

Earphones Award Winner

by Jaye Robin Brown | Read by Amanda Dolan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amanda Dolan narrates the story of a gay teenager who moves from cosmopolitan Atlanta to the evangelical town of Rome, Georgia. Dolan embodies the reactions of Jo Gordon, who is spending her senior year with her father and new stepmother. A devout Christian, Jo promises to "lie low" if she can run an on-air ministry show. Her initial resentment about the move results in a... Read More

GLIMMER OF HOPE

GLIMMER OF HOPE How Tragedy Sparked a Movement

by | Read by Giullian Gioiello, Sienna Jeffries

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will find this audiobook an eye-opening, thought-provoking listen chronicling the creation of the March for Our Lives in 2018. Narrators Giullian Gioiello and Sienna Jeffries expertly transition between the voices of the 25 contributors, demonstrating an incredible range of emotion including fear, grief, determination, and hope. Some selections recount the moments... Read More

GRIM LOVELIES

GRIM LOVELIES Grim Lovelies, Book 1

by Megan Shepherd | Read by Gabrielle Baker

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this audiobook narrated by Gabrielle Baker, Anouk has spent her one year of conscious life dreaming of exploring the streets of Paris outside her window. Anouk and her companions are Beasties, animals transformed into the bodies of humans by a witch's magic. Bound to their mistress, Anouk and her fellow Beastie servants are doomed to turn back into thoughtless animals 48... Read More

HAMILTON AND PEGGY!

HAMILTON AND PEGGY! A Revolutionary Friendship

by L.M. Elliott | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Cassandra Campbell's warm tone suits this fictionalized story of the Revolutionary War, told largely from the point of view of Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of General Philip Schuyler. The story follows actual events, allowing Peggy to interact with Alexander Hamilton as he asks Peggy to help him court her sister. Other historical figures are part of the story as... Read More

HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED

HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED

by Mary Crockett | Read by Bailey Carr

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bailey Carr narrates this thoughtful story about trauma and survivor's guilt with a tinge of romance. The unnamed protagonist was one of five girls Kyle texted on a lazy summer day. Only one girl, Jamie, agreed to meet up with him, and he murdered her. A year later, Kyle's sentencing is coming up, and the protagonist relives her complex emotions in anticipation of testifying... Read More

IN PARIS WITH YOU

IN PARIS WITH YOU

by Clémentine Beauvais, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Ellie Heydon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

British actor Ellie Heydon narrates this French romance with the knowing tone of an omniscient narrator. It's a short and sweet crossover between contemporary new adult and young adult fiction. Listeners will have to adjust to a narrator with an English accent performing a story set in Paris, but Heydon's pronunciation of French words is impeccable. Throughout the many... Read More

INTERNMENT

INTERNMENT

by Samira Ahmed | Read by Soneela Nankani

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Even though the setting of this audiobook is the future, it's especially for those who don't know or who have forgotten the lessons of history. A few years in the future, a xenophobic president has forced Muslim Americans into internment camps. Teenage Layla and her family become caught up in the wave of anti-Muslim hysteria. Narrator Soneela Nankani effectively conveys Layla's... Read More

KING OF SCARS

KING OF SCARS The Nikolai Lantsov Duology, Book 1

by Leigh Bardugo | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners return to mystical Grishaverse with the first audiobook in a new duology, narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Whether listeners are coming to this universe of demons and saints for the first time or the sixth, Fortgang is the perfect guide through a fictional countryside full of hard-to-pronounce places in the snowy north of some alternate version of Eastern Europe. The... Read More

THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI

THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI

by Sabina Khan | Read by Richa Shukla

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Richa Shukla has the ideal voice for Bangladeshi teen Rukhsana Ali and the close-knit traditional community she loves--even though she fears what would happen if they find out she is a lesbian. Shukla's performance is spry, upbeat, and optimistic as Rukhsana navigates her two separate lives. Later, her performance captures the sudden emotional turmoil Rukhsana faces... Read More

THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Joel Froomkin, Anthony Rey Perez

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Through the empathetic performances of two narrators, we meet gay Arizona high schoolers Jordan and Max, and their families and friends. Joel Froomkin brings high-strung energy to Jordan, who has a poetic sensibility and a slacker attitude. As confident jock Max, Anthony Rey Perez has an authentic, natural-sounding charm. Jordan's mom is behind on their mortgage, so she... Read More

NAVIGATING THE STARS

NAVIGATING THE STARS Sentinels of the Galaxy, Book 1

by Maria V. Snyder | Read by Alice Barrington

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Gabra Zackman's brusque, youthful tones lend themselves to protagonist Lyra Daniels. Lyra must leave her friends behind to travel with her parents, who are archaeologists, to another planet, where they will continue to study ancient artifacts. When they reach their destination, the family and the planet's inhabitants are faced with a disturbing mystery: All... Read More

NEVERTHELESS, WE PERSISTED

NEVERTHELESS, WE PERSISTED 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Amy Klobuchar [Fore.], Vikas Adam, Jonathan Davis, Ari Fliakos, Sullivan Jones, January LaVoy, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo, Nancy Wu, Gabra Zackman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners are presented with an audio collection gathered and introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar as she correlates a moment on the Senate floor to a rallying cry on the importance of standing up for what is right. The 48 stories in the book represent different forms of persistence, whether for love or against grief, depression, prejudice, societal constrictions, or bullying.... Read More

OLIVIA TWIST

OLIVIA TWIST

by Lorie Langdon | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Black Hills Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

British narrator Pearl Hewitt introduces listeners to the mysterious Olivia Brownlow, a London-born debutante whose high-society friends are unaware of her untraditional upbringing. Hewitt characterizes Olivia with graceful and elegant tones as she mixes with elite crowds. When Olivia ventures into the dark London nights as Ollie, a kindhearted boy who looks after a group of... Read More

ON THE COME UP

ON THE COME UP

by Angie Thomas | Read by Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Bahni Turpin becomes The Neighborhood through the eyes of Bri, a 16-year-old hip-hop artist who raps to express how she feels. Turpin portrays the essence of this quick-thinking wordsmith who gets her first break by performing at the infamous Ring, where the best-of- the-best rap battles unfold. The spunk in Turpin's voice brings this roller-coaster story to life. She... Read More

ONCE & FUTURE

ONCE & FUTURE

by Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Fortgang enlivens this King Arthur retelling with a queer twist. Ari Helix, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, is prepared to embark on a quest to rescue her family and save the galaxy from the oppressive Mercer Company. She'll need the help of her friends, the reincarnated Knights of the Round Table, along with a hormonal teenage Merlin. Fortgang narrates... Read More

OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS

OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS

by Justin A. Reynolds | Read by Nile Bullock

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nile Bullock's welcoming youthful voice guides listeners through a story of second, third, and more chances at getting it right. Bullock creates a lively group of voices for this YA romance in which honoring friendships and being a good son is just as important as finding love. Jack and Kate meet at a party, and theirs is a whirlwind relationship full of witty... Read More

OUTWALKERS

OUTWALKERS

by Fiona Shaw | Read by Oliver J. Hembrough

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Oliver J. Hembrough's bold narration of the story of young Jacob and his dog, Jet, brings action and adventure to life for young listeners and adults alike. Following Jacob as he finds a way to escape a near-future dystopian England, Hembrough navigates listeners through each twist and turn of a courageous story. Hembrough maintains the tension as Jacob and Jet travel under a... Read More

THE PAST AND OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD STAY BURIED

THE PAST AND OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD STAY BURIED

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Candace Thaxton, Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Candace Thaxton and Timothy Andrés Pabon narrate an unusual story for teens. Dino's parents own a funeral home, so he's not uncomfortable around dead bodies, but he's not prepared for his late ex-best friend, July, to come back to life--sort of. Thaxton's voice is not quite believable as a teenage girl's, but she makes up for it with an appropriately cynical tone, and she... Read More

A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT

A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 4

by Madeleine L'Engle | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Charlotte Voiklis [Intro.]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The author's granddaughter narrates her introduction, in which she shares the special meaning that the semiautobiographical series The Austin Family Chronicles has for her and her family. Jorjeana Marie then takes over to narrate this fourth book in the series, featuring Vicky Austin's coming of age as she spends one last summer with her grandfather before he dies. Marie gives... Read More

A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES

A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES

by Nova Ren Suma | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Sandy Rustin blurs the lines between the supernatural and real life in this ghostly story of a teenage runaway. Bina Tremper attempts to understand her mother's past while she escapes to a young woman's residence in New York City brimming with grim secrets and enigmatic residents. Rustin guides listeners between Bina's own painful past and murky present in a youthful... Read More

SHOUT

SHOUT

by Laurie Halse Anderson | Read by Laurie Halse Anderson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator and author Laurie Halse Anderson reflects upon the trials of her life in a dynamic voice. And in a unique way, her powerful, poetic memoir advocates for others who have faced similar hardships. Listeners gain insight into the experiences and figures that influenced her debut novel, SPEAK, which brought the difficult topic of teen rape to the forefront of conversation... Read More

SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY

SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY

by Rachel Dewoskin | Read by Jayne Entwistle Rachel Dewoskin [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jayne Entwistle creates a youthful voice for 15-year-old Lillia, who travels with her father and infant sister, Naomi, from Poland to Shanghai to flee Nazi persecution in 1940. Entwistle captures Lillia's fear and determination as she struggles to cope with missing her mother while learning how to survive in a foreign land where she and her family are tolerated but not... Read More

SPIN

SPIN

by Lamar Giles | Read by Bahni Turpin, Shawana Carter, Sisi Aisha Johnson

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators weave a contemporary murder mystery involving the powerful influences of social media, fandom, and internet fame. When frenemies Kya and Fuse, voiced energetically by Sisi Aisha Johnson and Shawna Carter, discover their mutual friend, the up-and-coming DJ ParSec, has been murdered, they reluctantly team up to uncover the truth while dodging her rogue fans.... Read More

SQUAD

SQUAD

by Mariah MacCarthy | Read by Mariah MacCarthy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this contemporary young adult audiobook, the listener meets Jenna, a high school cheerleader. When an unexpected falling out with her best friend leaves Jenna on the outside of their once tight-knit team, her life changes dramatically. While author-narrator Mariah MacCarthy maintains an even pace throughout their narration, they fail to elicit much sympathy for Jenna. With... Read More

STRANGE GRACE

STRANGE GRACE

by Tessa Gratton | Read by Amy McFadden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amy McFadden's throaty voice takes listeners to a town whose bargain with the local forest devil ensures health and prosperity. But every seven years, a young man must be sacrificed, sent into the devil's forest in order to uphold this bargain. Mairwen, a young witch; Rhun, the presumed next saint; and Arthur, a thorny outcast, are distinctly portrayed by McFadden. As... Read More

STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL

STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Arwen Elys Dayton | Read by Michael Crouch, Karissa Vacker, Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer, Ari Fliakos, Rebecca Lowman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

This sci-fi story narrated by six narrators will certainly win over a wide audience. Six characters share their stories about the science and art of human perfection in a world in which genetic manipulation has become common. Thematically, the stories ask how far people will go to play God and the ethical questions around modifying human life itself. All the narrators--Michael... Read More

THE TESLA LEGACY

THE TESLA LEGACY

by K.K. Pérez | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Frankie Corzo delivers an emotionally driven, cutthroat portrayal of Lucy Phelps, a young scientist who discovers a rare and electric ability within herself while in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel. Listeners will enjoy the ebb and flow of Corzo's voice as she dives into the various adventures that befall Lucy on her path to self-discovery and a world beyond... Read More

THIS STORY IS A LIE

THIS STORY IS A LIE

by Tom Pollock | Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tim Gerard Reynolds's gripping narration ramps up the intensity of this action-packed thriller in which nothing is as it seems. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman lives a fraught existence, retreating to the predictable world of mathematics to keep his crippling anxiety at bay. He barely copes with everyday problems, so when his mother, a brilliant neuroscientist, is brutally... Read More

A THOUSAND SISTERS

A THOUSAND SISTERS The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

by Elizabeth Wein | Read by Amy Landon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amy Landon's low, slightly smoky voice delivers the true story of young women in Stalinist Russia who were trained as pilots yet denied their place at the front as WWII broke out. Landon's slightly breathy narration, marked by an attention to pacing and careful enunciation, allows listeners to follow the difficult Russian names and places, as well as the missions of the women... Read More

TO KILL A KINGDOM

TO KILL A KINGDOM

by Alexandra Christo | Read by Jacob York, Stephanie Willis

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dual narrators heighten the drama of this fantasy featuring Lira, a bloodthirsty siren princess, and Elian, a siren-hunting human prince. Though the two are mortal enemies, complex circumstances lead them to a reluctant alliance and a shared quest that will alter their destinies. Stephanie Willis delivers Lira's vicious, impassioned narration with theatrical relish, allowing... Read More

TROUBLING A STAR

TROUBLING A STAR The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

by Madeleine L'Engle | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Charlotte Jones Voiklis [Intro.]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jorjeana Marie's dreamy voice suits the story of the curious young poet Vicky, who finds herself entangled in an Antarctic conspiracy. When her boyfriend's elderly aunt gives Vicky the opportunity to visit Antarctica, she leaps at the adventure. Marie's youthful voice recounts Vicky's friendship with Aunt Serena, which develops over many philosophical conversations.... Read More

THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK

THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK

by Emily Barr | Read by Kelby Keenan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kelby Keenan gives an enthusiastic performance as Ella Black in this mystery for older teens. The first-person story is peppered with extremes of emotion. Ella Black, a 17-year-old privileged Londoner, has the perfect life until her parents suddenly depart England, with Ella in tow, and travel to Brazil, saying that her father has a job there. Ella soon learns this is... Read More

THE VANISHING STAIR

THE VANISHING STAIR Truly Devious, Book 2

by Maureen Johnson | Read by Kate Rudd

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

True-crime buff Stevie Bell returns to elite Ellingham Academy in Book 2 of the Truly Devious series, a teen Sherlock Holmes/Nancy Drew mash-up. Narrator Kate Rudd is back with a conversational tone that matches the rapid-fire workings of Stevie's mind. As the 1936 crimes Stevie investigates are revealed in flashbacks, Rudd employs sultry notes and noir-worthy New York accents... Read More

WE ARE DISPLACED

WE ARE DISPLACED My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

by Malala Yousafzai with Liz Welch | Read by Neela Vaswani, Deepti Gupta, Cheryl Smith, Malala Yousafzai [Prologue]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will especially enjoy the foreword of this audiobook, narrated by Malala Yousafzai, in which she acknowledges that her well-known background will provide context for the many personal stories of loss that are told by refugee girls. Before each affecting story, listeners are given a brief introduction that recounts how Malala met the contributor. These intros provide... Read More

WE ARE HERE TO STAY

WE ARE HERE TO STAY Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

by Susan Kuklin | Read by Scott Merriman, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Almarie Guerra, Frankie Corzo, Marcus Stewart, Lauren Ezzo, Emily Woo Zeller, JD Jackson, Laura Jennings

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nine narrators lend their voices and talents to the intimate stories of undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children and who lived in the shadows until the passage of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The stories are presented as interviews, and the first-person confessional style lends itself well to audio, creating powerful performances that... Read More

WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE

WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Tehlor Kay Mejia | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Audie winner Kyla Garcia delivers a thrilling Latinx-themed fantasy debut by Tehlor Kay Mejia. Dani Vargas has finished her training to become a Primera, one of two wives every husband must take in the nation of Medio. The second wife, a Segunda, is the emotional and passionate nurturer, while Primeras like Dani are rational and intelligent partners. Garcia gives Dani an... Read More

WICKED SAINTS

WICKED SAINTS Something Dark and Holy, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily A. Duncan | Read by Natasha Soudek, Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators deliver the dual perspectives of Nadya, a Kalyazi cleric capable of casting spells, and Serefin, high prince of Tranavia and an immensely powerful blood mage. Tristan Morris captures Serefin's lighthearted charm and Russian-inspired accent, but Natasha Soudek steals the show as Nadya. While running from Serefin and his soldiers, Nadya reluctantly allies herself... Read More

WITCH BORN

WITCH BORN

by Nicholas Bowling | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a breathy voice full of wonder, Elizabeth Knowelden narrates this supernatural tale of historical fiction. After Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, Alyce is left to seek out a man named John Dee. A chance encounter introduces her to Solomon, an actor whose own mother was accused of witchcraft. Actual historical figures and places, including Mary... Read More

XL

XL

by Scott Brown | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will empathize with Will Daughtry's frustration on his sixteenth birthday when his parents give him a Fiat. It's small--just like Will, who is 4' 11". Clearly, his parents have come to terms with his height. But when out of the blue he starts shoot up, his relationships with his blood brother and best friend, both of whom are much taller, undergo the same sort of sea... Read More

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