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29 DATES

29 DATES

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Greta Jung

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners who have dealt with strong parental expectations will empathize with Jisu, whose South Korean parents decide to send her to a school in the U.S. for her final year of high school. Narrator Greta Jung captures Jisu's efforts to prove she is worthy of her parents' ambitions for her by improving her study habits and attending a series of seons--dates organized by a... Read More

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

Earphones Award Winner

by Addie Thorley | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Tim Campbell

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Accomplished narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Tim Campbell impressively narrate Addie Thorley's debut historical fantasy, in which King Louis IV and much of his court are poisoned to death. Mirabelle, a thoughtful young alchemist, is inadvertently caught up in her mother's plans to overthrow the monarchy. Zeller portrays her with anguish and hopefulness befitting the brilliant... Read More

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 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 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

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

by Faith Erin Hicks | Read by Carly Robins

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This contemporary story, narrated by Carly Robins, is inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET. It's clear that Nova Scotian Miriam Kendrick should not fall for Californian Weldon Warrick. Decades ago, Weldon's grandfather purchased the rights to the TomorrowMen comic series for a paltry sum, leaving his co-creator--Miriam's grandfather--with nothing when the series became a worldwide... 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

DIG

DIG

by A.S. King | Read by Kirby Heyborne, Mike Chamberlain, A.S. King, Tonya Cornelisse

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Four teenagers' anxieties are laid bare in an unsettling YA audiobook that examines privilege, racism, and class. The Shoveler, who leads a nomadic life with his thieving mom, and Malcolm, who is struggling with his father's terminal cancer, reveal themselves through narrators Mike Chamberlain and Kirby Heyborne. Tonya Cornelisse's voice adds bittersweetness to "CanIHelpYou's"... Read More

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

by Nina Moreno | Read by Almarie Guerra

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bursting with winsome charm, this audiobook whisks listeners to the cozy coastal community of Port Coral, Florida, where Cuban-American Rosa Santos lives with her abuela, the neighborhood healer. Everyone in Port Coral knows about the curse on Rosa: Since the sea claimed the lives of her father and grandfather, anyone who dates her risks a similar fate. Yet smart, pragmatic... 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

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

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

by Jennifer E. Smith | Read by Anthony Mark Barrow, Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators deliver alternating chapters, portraying characters who are linked by an odd situation and by their determination to understand their futures. British narrator Anthony Mark Barrow depicts Hugo, one of a set of sextuplets. His clipped speech hints at the emotional depth beneath his words. When his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell, breaks up with him, leaving him with... Read More

FINALE

FINALE Caraval, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephanie Garber | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler returns for the final installment in the Caraval trilogy, and with the Fates free, the stakes are higher than ever. While Soler's characterization of Scarlett was soft and motherly at the beginning of the series, the listener now hears her passion and desperation as she must fight for those she loves. Tella began as reckless and aloof, but here Soler... Read More

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

by Matthew Boren | Read by Taylor Spreitler, Ramy Youssef, Ryan Newman, Selma Blair, Katie Lowes, Rebecca Budig

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble cast of narrators gives each student in this 1990s high school drama a unique voice that reflects each character. The story is told through the notes passed between students. Sound effects, such as the opening of a note and the scratching of a pencil on paper at the beginning of each chapter, help set the scenes. Narrator Taylor Spreitler creates a striking voice... 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

GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS

GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS

by Suzanne Young | Read by Caitlin Davies

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Caitlin Davies shines as narrator of this first audiobook in a new dystopian series. Beautiful and obedient Mena and her classmates at Innovations Academy know they are elite. The young ladies are taught courses such as gardening and art appreciation, nothing as taxing as math and science, as they are happily groomed for their futures as wives and caregivers. Davies... 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

HISTORY VS WOMEN

HISTORY VS WOMEN The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

by Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Read by Jean Ann Douglass

Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jean Ann Douglass energetically makes listeners aware of 25 notable women throughout history who have been mostly left out of history books. Divided into five spheres of influence, the fun and fascinating portraits include females who were stronger, faster, and more capable than their male counterparts. One such example is Bessie Stringfield, an early African-American... 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

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

by Amy Brashear | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amielynn Abellera energetically narrates this hyperkinetic, surreal YA adventure set in 1984. When Hollywood comes to Griffin Flat, Arkansas, sarcastic Laura Ratliff is excited to win a walk-on role in the movie EVE OF DESTRUCTION despite her genuine fears about the possibility of nuclear war. When an on-set explosion triggers a possible nuclear incident, Laura faces a whole... Read More

IZZY & TRISTAN

IZZY & TRISTAN

by Shannon Dunlap | Read by Caitlin Davies, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Cynthia Farrell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Here is a teenage version of the legendary star-crossed love between Tristan and Iseult. Caitlin Davies portrays Izzy, a white girl whose family has recently moved to Brooklyn, and Ryan Vincent Anderson portrays Trinidadian-American chess prodigy Tristan, whose guardian aunt has deep roots in the neighborhood. Their love is kindled when Izzy, an aspiring doctor, treats... 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

A LIGHT IN THE DARK

A LIGHT IN THE DARK Dark Stars, Book 2

by A.K. DuBoff | Read by Kristin James

A.K. DuBoff | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kristin James has the characters' personalities and vocal mannerisms well established as she continues narrating the Dark Stars trilogy. In the second installment, much of the action unfolds through dialogue. With appropriate levels of drama, James follows the ebb and flow of the suspense, never dropping her intensity. The steady development of the dynamics among the friends is... Read More

LOVELY WAR

LOVELY WAR

by Julie Berry | Read by Jayne Entwistle, Alan Corduner, Dion Graham, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker, Fiona Hardingham, Steve West

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

An extraordinary ensemble of seven talented narrators enacts several interwoven stories. The audio begins in 1945 as Greek gods argue about the nature of love. Jayne Entwistle's Aphrodite is mature and certain as she frames the story of humans who fall in love during WWI. These characters are Hazel and James, who meet just before James ships out. Fiona Hardingham expresses... Read More

THE NEAR WITCH

THE NEAR WITCH

by V.E. Schwab | Read by Heather Wilds

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Heather Wilds brings listeners into the magical but strange town of Near, where Lexi has just met a stranger for the first time in her life. Children have been disappearing in the middle of the night, and the residents of Near are quick to place blame on the mysterious boy who has just arrived. Wilds characterizes Lexi as independent and indignant, unafraid of the... Read More

NO ONE HERE IS LONELY

NO ONE HERE IS LONELY

by Sarah Everett | Read by Imani Parks

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Imani Parks delivers this teen romance with a vein of science fiction. High school has just ended, and Eden couldn't feel more alone. Her best friend won't give her the time of day. Her mom is hiding a secret that could destroy her family. The only person Eden can talk to is her longtime crush, Will--the same Will who died a few weeks ago. Before he died, Will donated... Read More

NOCTURNA

NOCTURNA

by Maya Motayne | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kyla Garcia narrates this colorful Latinx-inspired fantasy. Finn, a face-shifting thief, isn't afraid to take risks to get what she needs. Reluctant prince Alfehr is still reeling from the sudden death of his older brother. They must join forces to defeat the powerful dark magic that was just accidentally unleashed in the kingdom of Castellan, overcoming their own demons to do... 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

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

OUT OF THE POCKET

OUT OF THE POCKET

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Joshua Swanson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joshua Swanson's youthful no-nonsense voice makes him a good narrator to portray high school football quarterback Bobby Framingham--who is publicly outed by a classmate. Bobby's team is fractured, and his story is pushed into the national spotlight. Swanson exudes the self-assuredness and perseverance of the sports star as he finds support while enduring homophobic attitudes... 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

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL Once Upon a Con, Book 2

by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, Caitlin Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

It takes the talents of three narrators to carry off this fairy-tale-inspired identity-swap caper set at a sci-fi and fantasy convention. Caitlin Davies infuses plenty of pent-up frustration into her performance as Jess, an actress who is desperate to escape her role as Princess Amara in Starfield, a popular science-fiction franchise. Emily Lawrence ably portrays the slangy... 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

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

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

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sandhya Menon | Read by Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam embodies the mixed feelings of Ashish Patel, the younger brother of Rishi, a character also portrayed by Adam. Ashish, a handsome high school basketball star at his elite school, has been dumped by his college girlfriend. Adam enacts the fading of Ashish's haughty attitude as his mojo is replaced by severe self-questioning that has him ready to accept his parents'... Read More

TIN HEART

TIN HEART

by Shivaun Plozza | Read by Katherine Littrell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Katherine Littrell wrests all the humor, angst, and anguish from this first-person account of Australian teen Marlowe Jensen's attempts to adjust to normal life after her heart transplant. Littrell captures Marlowe's many moods with an engaging performance that moves with the text from intensely introspective to wryly humorous and fiercely poignant. She expertly... 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

VIRAL

VIRAL The Fight Against AIDS in America

by Ann Bausum | Read by Vikas Adam, Ann Bausum

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam narrates the story of the fight against AIDS in the U.S. with the urgency the topic demands. As he recounts the early stages of the epidemic, when doctors were unable to connect the victims to each other or to find a way to treat the illness as the death count inexorably rose, his voice reflects the dire situation that PWAs (Persons With Aids) found themselves in.... Read More

THE WANING AGE

THE WANING AGE

by S.E. Grove | Read by Kyla Garcia, Julio Sanchez, Arthur Morey

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Kyla Garcia, Julio Sanchez, and Arthur Morey combine their talents to describe a disturbing future in which people gradually lose all their emotions. Primary narrator Garcia adeptly gives voice to Nat Peña, a young woman whose emotions have already waned but whose younger brother, Cal, is still emotionally responsive. With complete believability, Garcia communicates... 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

WILDCARD

WILDCARD Warcross, Book 2

by Marie Lu | Read by Nancy Wu

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Following the turbulent events of the Warcross Championships in 2017's WARCROSS, Emika Chen returns to put a stop to Hideo Tanaka's schemes. Nancy Wu also returns to narrate the final installment in the duology. Her performance perfectly sets the tone for the story, giving it a sense of urgency that matches the high stakes of the battle Emika and her team take on. But while Wu... Read More

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

by Elizabeth Acevedo | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Elizabeth Acevedo sounds natural and authentic as Emoni, an immensely likable Philadelphia high school senior with a 2-year-old daughter and a gift for cooking. In both her writing and her narration, Acevedo warmly depicts the loving and supportive people in Emoni's life--her Puerto Rican abuela, who helps take care of baby Emma; her best friend, Angelica; and Malachi, a... 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

YOU'D BE MINE

YOU'D BE MINE

by Erin Hahn | Read by Emily Lawrence, Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Tristan Morris and Emily Lawrence are a dynamic pair. When country music star Clay Coolidge and Annie Mathers, the daughter of country music royalty, hit the open road for a summer tour, sparks fly. Lawrence and Morris bring out all the charm, emotional heartbreak, and flirtatiousness in this story as the stars struggle to overcome their traumatic pasts and heal... Read More

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