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AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

by Randy Ribay | Read by JB Adkins, Ramon de Ocampo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

JB Adkins and Ramon de Ocampo share the narration of this dual-perspective story of two friends who are headed in very different directions. Bunny is a basketball star who left his local school's team for his shot at a brighter future. Nasir is unmoored without Bunny, drifting into the orbit of his troubled cousin, Wallace. When Wallace starts gambling on the outcome of Bunny's... Read More

AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY

AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY

by Patrick Ness | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This twist on the story of Moby-Dick is told from the viewpoint of a whale called Bathsheba. Narrator Cassandra Campbell voices Bathsheba with world-weariness as she recounts her long-past days as part of a whale pod searching for the fabled Toby Wick, a sailor who takes pleasure in massacring whales and humans alike. Like its inspiration, Ness's story tackles complex themes... Read More

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski | Read by Emily Lawrence

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Lawrence delivers this slow burn teen romance in a cool tone. Quinn is hiding out for the summer on the Jersey Shore with her aunt following a senior-year relationship disaster. Working on her life plan hasn't progressed beyond turning her marching band skills into rock drummer dreams. She meets a troubled singer named Malcolm, and they bond over guilt and loss... Read More

BRIDGE OF CLAY

BRIDGE OF CLAY

by Markus Zusak | Read by Markus Zusak

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Zusak narrates his long-awaited novel as if he has spent time with his characters in real life. In his gentle Australian accent, Zusak lingers over his well-chosen words, accenting their rhythms. His quiet tone belies the power of his story. Matthew, the eldest, tells the tale of the five Dunbar brothers. Much of his focus is on Clay, the fourth, who is "the best of us."... Read More

BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE

BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Viviana Mazza [Afterword] | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Robin Miles's powerful emotional tone carries listeners to Nigeria and the life of an unnamed narrator in the 2010s. She is bright and beloved by family and friends. Cheer balances her worries about hiding menstrual blood, and she dreams of meetings with her first crush. Short chapters mark small moments of daily life and introduce rumors about Boko Haram. When the militants... Read More

CLAIMING MY PLACE

CLAIMING MY PLACE Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust

by Planaria Price, Helen Reichmann West | Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ilyana Kadushin ably narrates this biography of Barbara Reichmann, a young Jewish woman in Poland at the onset of WWII. Kadushin's voice expresses sadness, anger, and frustration at the increasing discrimination and violence of the Nazis. As fear for her own safety grows, Barbara comes to believe that her Aryan appearance provides her the best chance of safety. Her idea is to... Read More

DARE YOU TO LIE

DARE YOU TO LIE

by Amber Lynn Natusch | Read by Vanessa Moyen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The kickoff to the Hometown Antihero series will appeal to fans of the TV series "Veronica Mars." Ky Danners, a petite, fierce blonde, is daughter of a former FBI agent who is now in prison. Narrator Vanessa Moyen is perfectly in tune with Ky's fast-paced, sarcastic tone. Ky is on a dual mission to get to the truth behind the sex photo scandal that forced her to leave town and... Read More

DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

by Adib Khorram | Read by Michael Levi Harris

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this moving audiobook, narrator Michael Levi Harris takes us into high schooler Darius Kellner's head--he's half Persian, he loves tea, he sees life through STAR TREK and LORD OF THE RINGS references, and, just like his dad, he's clinically depressed. Darius and his family live in Oregon, but they travel to Iran to visit his ailing grandfather. There, a new world opens up... Read More

THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN

THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN

by Kiersten White | Read by Katharine McEwan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Though Elizabeth Lavenza is relegated to a supporting role in Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, she's the central figure in this chilling reimagining of the gothic classic. Narrator Katharine McEwan's portrayal of the title character is soft, measured, and sympathetic--all necessary qualities for Elizabeth, whose position as a ward of the wealthy Frankenstein family depends on her... Read More

THE DISENCHANTMENTS

THE DISENCHANTMENTS

by Nina LaCour | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Newly graduated, Colby is excited about his future, beginning with a summer tour with his best friend Bev's girl band, The Disenchantments. After that, he and Bev will wander around Europe together. Robbie Daymond's low-key narration reflects Colby's difficulty containing his romantic feelings for Bev. His muted tone changes, however, when brooding Bev announces she won't be... Read More

DRY

DRY

by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman | Read by Jenni Barber, Noah Galvin, Michael Crouch, Kivlighan de Montebello, Candace Baxter, Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Multiple narrators and alternating perspectives underscore the volatility of this speculative story about a group of teens who are trying to survive the "Tap-Out," a catastrophic water shortage in Southern California. Jenni Barber anchors the cast with her youthful yet determined portrayal of Alyssa, a sensible suburban girl who is the story's moral center. She's joined by... Read More

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

by Nina LaCour | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

High school graduate Emi is recovering from being dumped by Morgan. Again. Narrator Jorjeana Marie voices Emi's frustration and sadness as she flounders at love and at her second obsession--finding pieces that complete a set she's designing--which she uses to find consolation. Her passion for everything Hollywood is consuming, both for her and for listeners, whom Marie... Read More

FINAL SIX

FINAL SIX

by Alexandra Monir | Read by Alexandra Monir, James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Alexandra Monir and James Fouhey create a high-stakes atmosphere with the pace of their delivery. In increasingly urgent tones, they recount a postapocalyptic story of 24 teens who are competing for the opportunity to colonize one of Jupiter's moons. Author Monir portrays Naomi in a surprisingly professional performance. On par with seasoned YA narrators, she adds a... Read More

FINDING YVONNE

FINDING YVONNE

Earphones Award Winner

by Brandy Colbert | Read by Maya Barton

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The youthful glow of narrator Maya Burton's performance brings a generous amount of authenticity to the voice of teenaged Yvonne, a violinist who has lost her passion for music. Burton tones down the warmth and enthusiasm in her voice as Yvonne struggles to overcome her ennui, until she finds inspiration through Omar, a bohemian street musician. Burton immediately hooks into... Read More

THE FRAGILE ORDINARY

THE FRAGILE ORDINARY

by Samantha Young | Read by Elle Newlands

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Elle Newlands narrates this engaging story of young love and the pains of growing up in a small Scottish suburb. Despite her attention-grabbing name, Comet Caldwell has always been shy and introverted. She is completely overwhelmed by her feelings for the new American boy in school, Tobias. It's even worse that he hangs out with the local bad boys. Newlands's sensitive... Read More

FRESH INK

FRESH INK An Anthology

Earphones Award Winner

by Lamar Giles [Ed.] | Read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, Bahni Turpin, Dion Graham, Ron Butler, et al.

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The full cast that presents this anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, does a remarkable job of bringing to life stories by some of today's best-known YA authors. These slice-of-life pieces provide not only mirrors but also windows on issues of race, sexuality, and urban life. Listeners will be intrigued by Gene Luen Yang's comic "Paladin/Samurai,"... Read More

GIRLS RESIST!

GIRLS RESIST! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

by KaeLyn Rich | Read by Soneela Nankani

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This guide to activism contains all the nuts and bolts necessary to build an effective girl-led campaign for change. Soneela Nankani narrates this activist's how-to guide with the inspirational power of an enthusiastic and empathetic friend. Although the audiobook contains information on the technical aspects of activism--strategies, tactics, resources, organizing, budgets, and... Read More

GRACE AND FURY

GRACE AND FURY

by Tracy Banghart | Read by Megan Tusing, Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Megan Tusing and Sarah Mollo-Christensen share the narration of this series opener about two sisters living in Viridia, a country that places harsh limitations on women's freedom. Tusing's delivery emphasizes the youthful naïveté of rebellious younger sister Nomi, who is dangerously out of her depth after Viridia's powerful heir chooses her to become one of his beautiful,... Read More

THE HANDSOME GIRL AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOY

THE HANDSOME GIRL AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOY

by B.T. Gottfred | Read by Alex McKenna, Maxwell Glick, B.T. Gottfred [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In alternating points of view, Zee and Art brandish big personalities in a novel that shatters barriers between friendship and romance, gender presentation and sexual orientation. Narrator Alex McKenna's raspy, moody performance communicates that Zee is more than an average tomboy. Narrator Maxwell Glick portrays Art with a predilection for drama that will annoy some listeners,... Read More

HEART OF IRON

HEART OF IRON

by Ashley Poston | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Adenrele Ojo juggles romance, angst, and danger in a science fiction novel inspired by the story of Anastasia Romanov. As a child, Ana was found floating in space wreckage, all alone except for a robot companion, known as a Metal, called D09. She now lives with the crew that saved her. When D09 starts to malfunction, she endangers the entire crew in a bid to recover... Read More

HERETICS ANONYMOUS

HERETICS ANONYMOUS

Earphones Award Winner

by Katie Henry | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch demonstrates a wholly satisfying range of teen and adult voices in his performance of Katie Henry's dialogue-rich debut novel. Each of the five boys and girls in the eponymous club, along with assorted family members of various ages, receives a distinct and consistent tone and pitch, making it easy to recognize every speaker in the moment. Although moods... Read More

THE HERO'S BROTHER

THE HERO'S BROTHER

by M. Scott Anderson | Read by Mark Bramhall

The Parchment Farm | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Mark Bramhall invites listeners into a magical land to travel alongside a troupe of misfits in a lively medieval adventure. From the very beginning, listeners will be captivated by Bramhall's ability to distinguish every character--and there are many--with a distinct voice and accent, never wavering when moving from one person to the next. Whether he's tackling Irish,... Read More

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

by Michael Belanger | Read by Michael Crouch

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch ably meets the challenge of portraying a man named Ray in this complex psychological novel. Crouch masterfully guides the listener through Ray's memories and feelings, meandering between "the days before" and "the days after" a catastrophic event that changes his life forever. We're "on the couch" with Ray as he interweaves his memories of his slowly... Read More

I'M NOT MISSING

I'M NOT MISSING

by Carrie Fountain | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler navigates listeners through Miranda Black's unexpected senior year. Bonded by the disappearances of their mothers at a young age, Miranda and Syd have a friendship that is as constant as the red in the dirt of Las Cruces, New Mexico. But when Syd disappears and Miranda learns the truth about the embarrassing prom fiasco known as the "the Nick Allison... Read More

IN ANOTHER TIME

IN ANOTHER TIME

by Caroline Leech | Read by Eilidh Beaton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

With her lilting accents, Eilidh Beaton transports the listener to another place and time. In the Scottish Highlands during WWII, Maisie has left home to become a "lumberjill" with the Women's Timber Corps. It's here that she meets John, a Canadian with secrets and hidden emotional pain. Beaton gives this young adult novel a soothing tone, adding heightened emotions when... Read More

IN SIGHT OF STARS

IN SIGHT OF STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gae Polisner | Read by Michael Crouch

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Gae Polisner's realistic story about a teenager fighting mental illness is brought to life by narrator Michael Crouch. Klee (pronounced "Clay") wakes up to find himself in a mental health facility. Crouch takes listeners into Klee's journey, giving him a poignant, sometimes hesitant, voice during his sessions with Dr. Alvarez, his internal monologues, and his vivid memories. He... Read More

INK, IRON, AND GLASS

INK, IRON, AND GLASS

by Gwendolyn Clare | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Fortgang narrates a thrilling steampunk fantasy about magic inks, history, and science. Elsa lives in a fictitious world called Veldana. Along with other "scriptologists," she can literally write things into reality in a worldbook, a book that can alter the clockwork of any world. But when her home is attacked and her mother is abducted, Elsa travels to earth to... Read More

JUST MERCY [ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS]

JUST MERCY [ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS] A True Story of the Fight for Justice

by Bryan A. Stevenson | Read by Bryan A. Stevenson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bryan Stevenson's critically acclaimed book has moved college students and adults around the country. Now the YA audio adaptation can reach teen audiences. As narrator, Stevenson's voice is gentle, but his powerful words and evocative stories makes it perfect for family listening and discussion. The memoir begins with his life-changing experience as a newly graduated Harvard... Read More

THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY

THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY

Earphones Award Winner

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Moira Quirk

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Moira Quirk gives crisp, purposeful voice to Felicity Montague, a young Englishwoman in the 1700s with the single-minded ambition to become a doctor--a path that seems hopelessly closed to her. When she tracks down her idol, Dr. Platt, and reconnects with childhood friend Johanna, it's the beginning of an action-packed, fantastical adventure. Quirk makes the most of her... Read More

LAMENT

LAMENT The Faerie Queen's Deception

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Carly Robins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Carly Robins narrates the tale of Deirdre Monaghan, a teenage musical prodigy who learns she possesses other fantastical capabilities, such as telekinesis and the second sight (the ability to see faeries). When Deirdre and Luke, the assassin sent to kill her, fall in love, they must fight the fae queen in order to save Deirdre's loved ones--and each other. Robins delivers their... Read More

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

by Claire Kann | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Adenrele Ojo's narration has a natural buoyancy that transforms the ups and downs of 19-year-old Alice's dating life into a lively audio performance. Alice fully embraces--though she occasionally struggles with--her asexuality, and she isn't prepared when coming out as "ace" causes her girlfriend to split. So for Alice, this summer is all about her best friends and... Read More

A LITE TOO BRIGHT

A LITE TOO BRIGHT

by Samuel Miller | Read by Mike Chamberlain

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Chamberlain takes listeners into the story of a college-age teen who is in quest of answers to his grandfather's mysterious death. Arthur Louis Pullman III's grandfather died five years earlier after years of suffering from Alzheimer's. Uncovering a note he believes to be a clue, Arthur embarks on a road trip to find out what his grandfather did during the last... Read More

LITTLE DO WE KNOW

LITTLE DO WE KNOW

by Tamara Ireland Stone | Read by Eevin Hartsough, Lori Gardner

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

A bitter argument has ruined the friendship between Hannah and Emory--now both are counting the days until the end of their senior year. Hannah led a strongly spiritual life until she learned that her father traded her college fund to hire a pricey music director at his Christian school. Narrator Eevin Hartsough registers the outrage Hannah feels for her father's financial... Read More

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren James | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lauren Ezzo's emotionally charged narration gets under the skin of Romy Silvers. The teenage daughter of astronauts, and the sole survivor on the Space Shuttle INFINITY, is traveling on a multi-decade mission to colonize Earth2. After her parents' deaths in space, her only contact with humanity is messages from NASA that have a two-year delay. When a newer, faster ship is sent... Read More

MARIAM SHARMA HITS THE ROAD

MARIAM SHARMA HITS THE ROAD

by Sheba Karim | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani narrates this weighty take on the classic road trip story. Mariam has just realized that her father's abandonment when she was 2 has left her with an intense fear of commitment. Nankani portrays her with an emotional resonance that is consistent with her introspective personality. Mariam's BFFs have distinct voices as well: Playful Ghaz sounds perpetually ready... Read More

MIRAGE

MIRAGE

by Somaiya Daud | Read by Rasha Zamamiri

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Prepare to be transported to a whole new world by this powerful, captivating YA audiobook. Narrator Rasha Zamamiri weaves family, politics, romance, and science fiction into a beautifully delivered story of adventure and intrigue. Eighteen-year-old Amani dreams of a world that is no longer under the rule of the brutal and powerful Vathek empire. The story begins as Amani is... Read More

MUNMUN

MUNMUN

by Jesse Andrews | Read by Andrew Eiden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Andrew Eiden is youthful and engaging as Warner, a poor but plucky teenager living in an alternate United States. Physical size and access to resources, jobs, and education are determined by the munmun (money) in one's bank account. Along with his sister, Prayer, and best friend, Usher, Warner ventures forth in search of money-making "scale-up" opportunities. The only... Read More

MY PLAIN JANE

MY PLAIN JANE Lady Janies, Book 2

by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fiona Hardingham's upbeat, animated narration is perfectly suited to this tongue-in-cheek retelling of JANE EYRE. With obvious affection for the source material, the authors turn the classic into a farcical adventure featuring not only Jane Eyre, but the Brontë siblings, the Duke of Wellington, and some very real ghosts. It's a clever update that offers more modern--if more... Read More

NIGHT FLIGHTS

NIGHT FLIGHTS A Mortal Engines Collection

by Philip Reeve | Read by Barnaby Edwards

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Barnaby Edwards gives an exhilarating narration of three stories set before the events of Reeve's MORTAL ENGINES. In a future world where cities and towns are mobile, giant predator cities like London roam across the landscape, hunting and consuming smaller ones. In these stories, we learn about the origins of mysterious aviatrix Anna Fang. As Anna travels, Edwards gives the... Read More

NOT YOUR VILLAIN

NOT YOUR VILLAIN Sidekick Squad, Book 2

by C.B. Lee | Read by JD Jackson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

The adventure continues with the Sidekick Squad! In this chapter JD Jackson narrates from Bells Broussard's point of view. The story starts with trans shape-shifting Bells heading off to train with other future superheroes. This audiobook fills us in on his side of the story told in NOT YOUR SIDEKICK. Bells and friends soon find themselves labeled villains by the government for... Read More

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

by Amy Reed | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebekkah Ross sets the stage for an Oregon town to be turned upside down in this compelling audiobook. Voicing the three main characters, Erin Delillo, Grace Salter, and Rosina Suarez, Ross seamlessly switches between personas as the girls seek vengeance after the rape of a fellow classmate. Ross presents Erin, a misinterpreted girl who is on the autism spectrum, in an... Read More

ODD ONE OUT

ODD ONE OUT

by Nic Stone | Read by Dion Graham, Kim Mai Guest, Nic Stone

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Dion Graham's portrayal of Courtney "Coop" Cooper pulls listeners into this portrayal of three teens and their complicated relationship dynamics. Coop, who is straight and cisgender, longs for something more with his best friend, Jupe, but Jupe, a lesbian, is oblivious. Their relationship changes when Rae Chin appears and seems to like both of them. Graham excels at... Read More

THE ODDLING PRINCE

THE ODDLING PRINCE

by Nancy Springer | Read by Samuel Roukin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Samuel Roukin narrates Springer's new stand-alone fantasy with a measured cadence that suits novel's epic tradition. When a mysterious and magical stranger appears to save Calidon's dying king, the noble young prince discovers he has a half-fae brother. Roukin's voice suits the kind and honorable Prince Aric, never wavering even as the king begins to devolve into an angry... Read More

PRIDE

PRIDE

by Ibi Zoboi | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Elizabeth Acevedo's bold vocals and lyrical style take this contemporary retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE to amazing heights. For years Zuri Benitez and her four sisters have been watching their tight-knit Bushwick neighborhood succumb to gentrification. When Darius Darcy and his wealthy family move in across the street, Zuri and Darius make snap judgments about each... Read More

THE RUINOUS SWEEP

THE RUINOUS SWEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Wynne-Jones | Read by Tim Wynne-Jones

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author/narrator Tim Wynne-Jones's story begins with Bee's presence at her boyfriend Donovan's hospital bed in the ICU. She finds herself alternating between fury and horror that she seems to be the only one who refuses to believe he tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a car after murdering his father. She needs to find out what really happened. Wynne-Jones's... Read More

SADIE

SADIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Courtney Summers | Read by Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman and a Full Cast

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Courtney Summers's powerful story of love, neglect, abuse, and revenge is narrated with irresistible urgency by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner, along with an ensemble of supporting narrators. The daughter of a drug-addicted mother, Sadie was left to care for herself and her younger sister, Mattie. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie sets out to identify the killer. Summers's writing... Read More

SEA WITCH

SEA WITCH

by Sarah Henning | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Billie Fulford-Brown uses perfect pacing to tell the dramatic tale of Evie, best friend of Prince Niklas, heir to the throne of Havnestad. When a young mermaid mysteriously arrives on the scene and must win the prince's love in order to remain in human form, Evie steps in to help her. As the story progresses, Fulford-Brown creates a high-pitched voice for the young... Read More

SEAFIRE

SEAFIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Natalie C. Parker | Read by Rebecca Soler

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rebecca Soler narrates with a driving force that captures the tone of the first in a female pirate series. Caledonia Styx is the daughter of a fierce pirate mother who demands that Caledonia become tough to protect herself against a ruthless warlord and his savage army. In a fiery encounter, Caledonia is critically wounded and her family slaughtered. Saved by her best friend,... Read More

SWING

SWING

Earphones Award Winner

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

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

With a poet's passion, Kwame Alexander narrates his novel-in-verse about high school friends Noah and Walt. Alexander's strong connection to his characters shines in his enthusiastic delivery and clear distinctions between the boys' personalities. Noah, cautious and reserved, pines for a girl who sees him only as a pal; Walt, vibrant with jazz running through his veins, wants... Read More

WE'LL FLY AWAY

WE'LL FLY AWAY

by Bryan Bliss | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator James Fouhey delivers a playful yet somber narration of this poignant story. Best friends Luke and Toby struggle with abuse, poverty, and the criminal justice system in their North Carolina town. Then, during their senior year, their friendship falls apart. The story switches from Toby's point of view to Luke's once Luke begins writing pensive letters to Toby from... Read More

WHAT IF IT'S US

WHAT IF IT'S US

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera | Read by Noah Galvin, Froy Gutierrez

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Collaboration works in the writing and narration of the alternating viewpoints of this story. Noah Galvin portrays Arthur, a bright Jewish teen who has recently come out but has never had a relationship. For him, a chance and momentary encounter with Ben at the post office seems fated--as if the universe has thrown them together--but neither of them knows the identity of the... Read More

YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE

YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE

by Arin Greenwood | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dog Island is a preserve for the only remaining dogs on the planet, and the residents of the island serve as product-testing families for new lines of robot dogs from Mechanical Tail. Narrator Sandy Rustin's youthful, matter-of-fact tone embodies the harsh realities of Nano Miller's life and the hope she clings to for a better world. Rustin's pacing gradually increases... Read More

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