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THE 57 BUS

THE 57 BUS A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

by Dashka Slater | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Robin Miles provides a solid narration for investigative journalist Dashka Slater's balanced account of the traumatic intersection of two Oakland teens' lives. This is a work of nonfiction in which many individuals are presented, both as Slater observes and analyzes them and through their interview responses. Since Slater includes the personal expressive styles of the... Read More

THE ARSONIST

THE ARSONIST

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephanie Oakes | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi, Morgan Hallett, Rachel Botchan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

This complicated novel--told in three points of view through letters, essays, and a diary--brings three teenagers together. Morgan Hallett narrates Molly's letters to Pepper with an edgy defiance in her voice that fits a girl who is considered a freakish loner by her peers. Pepper writes a series of school essays. Despite Pepper's academic failure and personal tragedy, narrator... Read More

THE AUTHENTICS

THE AUTHENTICS

by Abdi Nazemian | Read by Kyla Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kyla Garcia recounts the ups and downs of a teenager who is experiencing identity issues. Daria Esfandyar is a 15-year-old American teenager like any other except for her Iranian roots, which make her life in Beverly Hills complicated. Daria's issues with acne and finding real friends are compounded by not fitting in with the Iranian-American children of her parents'... Read More

THE BEAUTIFUL LOST

THE BEAUTIFUL LOST

by Luanne Rice | Read by Hallie Clarke

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Hallie Clarke does a fantastic job narrating the intense love and sadness that are teen Maia's life. Maia describes the debilitating effects of depression and her suicide attempt with a matter-of-fact tone that lets the imagery of the words speak for itself. Clarke gives Maia more emotion when she expresses her displeasure with the woman who is her soon to be her stepmother.... Read More

CALLING MY NAME

CALLING MY NAME

by Liara Tamani | Read by Imani Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This audiobook introduces Taja, a teen who wrestles with religion and family expectations. As Taja ages from preteen to near college-age student chapter by chapter, narrator Imani Parks's voice doesn't mature accordingly; consequently, she sounds too juvenile for Taja's later experiences. This might be narrating inexperience by Parks, though her acting chops are present as she... Read More

THE CLOSEST I'VE COME

THE CLOSEST I'VE COME

by Fred Aceves | Read by Christian Barillas

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Christian Barillas's touching and quiet performance capture the ups and downs of teenager Marcos Rivas. Raised in a low-income Tampa neighborhood, Marcos spends most of his time in his head, navigating his tough home life and hiding emotions his peers would taunt him for having. When Marcos joins the Future Success program, he begins to confront the social norms he's grown up... Read More

DARE MIGHTY THINGS

DARE MIGHTY THINGS

by Heather Kaczynski | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Cassandra Gupta has a clear goal from the moment her NASA internship supervisor offers her the chance to compete for a top-secret mission. She wins the competition and becomes the youngest person in space. Narrator Soneela Nankani creates a voice for Cassie that is clear, determined, and just a bit arrogant without being unlikable. She also competently tackles a large and... Read More

ECHO AFTER ECHO

ECHO AFTER ECHO

by Amy Rose Capetta | Read by Devon Sorvari

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Devon Sorvari's brusque tone is heavy with meaning as she embraces Capetta's wide cast, sweeping romance, and thrilling murder mystery. Zara Evans has been cast as the lead in her favorite production, but when she arrives at the famed Aurelia Theatre, she finds passion, high stakes, and death. Fierce competition, dark secrets, and a highly volatile director threaten... Read More

EMILY'S STORIES

EMILY'S STORIES High Country Painter; Map Maker; Sweetbay Magnolia

by Malcolm R. Campbell | Read by Kelley Hazen

Vanilla Heart Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kelley Hazen's spirited delivery enhances Campbell's descriptive writing in these three stories about 14-year-old Emily Walters. "High Country Painter" present a talkative Emily and a realistic-sounding bird that directs Emily to magically draw obstacles to divert a grizzly bear. In "Map Maker," Emily meets an eerie-sounding ghost who helps her save a sacred forest from... Read More

EVERLESS

EVERLESS

Earphones Award Winner

by Sara Holland | Read by Eileen Stevens

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be drawn in and left wanting more by Eileen Stevens's engrossing narration of Sara Holland's fantasy, the first of a pair. Jules is a girl from the kingdom of Sempera, where blood is the source of both money and time and the poor people's only hope for survival is to sell their future years. Jules returns to Everless, the capital, in spite of her dying father's... Read More

EVERYTHING MUST GO

EVERYTHING MUST GO

by Jenny Fran Davis | Read by Brittany Pressley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Flora Goldwasser has traded her prep school for an alternative hippie boarding school because of a boy she expects to be there. Only that boy never shows. Narrator Brittany Pressley captures the one-note quality of first love and eventual disappointment that are conveyed in desperate letters from Flora to her sister. Pressley goes from fast paced and confident in tone as the... Read More

FAR FROM THE TREE

FAR FROM THE TREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Robin Benway | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Julia Whelan animates the three characters in this engrossing 2017 YA National Book Award winner. Whelan shows teen Grace's torment when she puts her child up for adoption and the heartbreak that motivates her to find out about her own adoption. Soon Grace builds bonds with Maya and Joaquin, siblings who were given up by the same birth mother. Maya has been adopted by... Read More

A FEW RED DROPS

A FEW RED DROPS The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

by Claire Hatfield | Read by JD Jackson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

JD Jackson begins this historical audiobook about the 1919 race riot in Chicago in calm, measured tones. The text then provides backstory about how the people involved in the riots found themselves there. The story is both historically important and relevant today. Jackson's delivery divides itself between being eloquent and being straightforward, as when he gives equal... Read More

FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS Rise of the Empress, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Julie C. Dao | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Reimagining the Evil Queen legend, Dao recounts the story of a peasant girl's quest to become empress. Kim Mai Guest's narration emulates not only Xifeng's ruthlessness in trying to fulfill her destiny but also a young woman's determination to keep her morals along the way. Pieces of the story are carried over from the original, including aspects of the notorious villainess.... Read More

THE FORGOTTEN BOOK

THE FORGOTTEN BOOK

by Mechthild Gläser | Read by Erin Spencer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

When the headmaster's daughter finds an old enchanted diary in an abandoned part of the castle, she can't imagine the powers within the pages. This contemporary tale, inspired by PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, is full of magical realism. The setting of a boarding school in a German castle complements the fairy-tale quality of the story. Narrator Erin Spencer's delivery is uneven, with... Read More

FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST

FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST

by Megan Miranda | Read by Erin Spencer

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Erin Spencer adeptly conveys main character Jessa's mental state as she reminisces about her late ex-boyfriend, who died in an accident. As she packs the items in Caleb's bedroom at the request of his mother, each item reveals an aspect of Caleb that portrays him as drastically different from the boy Jessa thought she knew. Author Miranda's lyrical language translates... Read More

THE GATEKEEPERS

THE GATEKEEPERS

by Jen Lancaster | Read by Arielle DeLisle ,Julia Whelan, Michael Goldstrum, Andrew Eiden, Kirby Heyborne, EmilyWoo Zeller

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the affluent Chicago suburb of North Shore, high school students are highly competitive, anxiety ridden, and cliquey. The ensemble of narrators brings the main characters to life, emulating attitudes and teenage angst. Simone, a transplant from Britain, has poise and self-assurance, while Mallory is highly competitive to the point of being neurotic about her health, weight,... Read More

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

by Melissa Bashardoust | Read by Jennifer Ikeda

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jennifer Ikeda's pacing adds drama and intrigue to this twist on the classic Snow White story. When the king's wife passes away, he enlists the help of a magician to create a child made out of snow that perfectly replicates his late wife. As the child, Lynet, starts to realize the truth of her creation, she sets out to find her own path. Meanwhile her stepmother, Mina,... Read More

THE HAZEL WOOD

THE HAZEL WOOD

by Melissa Albert | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler sets an appropriate tone and perspective for Alice, a 17-year-old who is filled with discomfort and anger. This is the case, in part, because Alice's mother, Ella, continually moves her from one place to the next without reason or warning. Soler also portrays the tension that comes from Alice's unresolved feelings about her estranged grandmother, who... Read More

HERE WE ARE NOW

HERE WE ARE NOW

by Jasmine Warga | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani beautifully narrates this heartrending family drama about loss and second chances. Taliah Abdallat is a guarded contemporary teen who meets her father, famous rocker Julian Oliver, when he shows up on her doorstep. Nankani captures the cool laid- back vibe of the aging rock star as he and Taliah embark on an emotional journey to his hometown to say goodbye to... Read More

INTO THE DROWNING DEEP

INTO THE DROWNING DEEP Newsflesh, Book 5

by Mira Grant | Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Mira Grant's chilling oceanic thriller follows a crew of scientists, filmmakers, and big game hunters on a voyage to answer two questions: Are mermaids real, and what happened to the ship ATARGATIS, lost at sea? Narrator Christine Lakin uses varied pacing to balance the backstory against the escalating violence, capturing the thrill of discovery as well as the tension of... Read More

INVICTUS

INVICTUS

by Ryan Graudin | Read by Maxwell Hamilton

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Maxwell Hamilton recounts the adventures of the time-traveling pirate ship INVICTUS in the year 2361. Hamilton's portrait of the ship's captain, Farway Gaius McCarthy, is complex. Teenaged Far is both adventurer and seeker, close to his crew and somehow detached. Hamilton animates the rest of the crew with similar elaboration, drawing well their reactions to frolicking... Read More

KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD

KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD

by Anna Priemaza | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Sisi Aisha Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dual voices tell the story of two Canadian teens overcoming their difficulties and finding friendship through their love of a video game and their personality differences. Kat, portrayed by Jorjeana Marie, suffers from panic attacks and social anxiety. Meg, portrayed by Sisi Aisha Johnson, has ADHD. Each girl is uniquely voiced by her narrator. However, when speaking other... Read More

THE KNOWING

THE KNOWING

by Sharon Cameron | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Andrew Eiden

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Set in the underground city of New Canaan on the planet of Canaan, this story follows two narrators. Samara, one of the Knowing, has the privilege of not having to deal with the Forgetting. Emily Woo Zeller's portrayal of Samara is reflective of her character, especially the struggles she deals with and the memories that plague her. The other character is Beck, who is stranded... Read More

THE LAST NAMSARA

THE LAST NAMSARA

by Kristen Ciccarelli | Read by Pearl Mackie

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Pearl Mackie's soft, cultured voice is the perfect vehicle for the complicated story of Asha, a high-ranking dragon slayer who develops feelings for a slave in a country with a rigid class structure. Asha is also the Iskari, the death bringer, and is betrothed against her will by her father, the Dragon King. She uses her ability to tell the old stories to bring dragons... Read More

THE LAST OF AUGUST

THE LAST OF AUGUST Charlotte Holmes, Book 2

by Brittany Cavallaro | Read by Graham Halstead, Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Brilliant, intrepid Charlotte Holmes and ardent, pragmatic Watson are back in a second installment of Cavallaro's charming mystery series. Graham Halstead's sharp, earnest narration as Watson lends urgency and introspection to the adventurous prose. Holmes and Watson attempt to solve a disappearance and protect themselves from threats at every step. A varying pace lends... Read More

LIKE WATER

LIKE WATER

by Rebecca Podos | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vanni Espinoza feels trapped in her small New Mexico town and by the possibility that she may have Huntington's disease, like her father. With youthful energy, narrator Kyla Garcia reflects Vanni's aspirations and fears as the recent high school graduate submerges her feelings through romantic dalliances and shifts at her family's restaurant. All around her are familiar faces... Read More

THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY

THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY

by Laura Creedle | Read by Rebecca Gibel

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Gibel gives unique voices to neurodivergent teens Lily and Abelard, who have known each other since grade school. Having ADHD makes Lily's brain run in fast-forward mode; whereas, Asperger's makes Abelard's run slightly slower than everyone else's. When the duo ends up in detention together, an unlikely relationship blossoms over their shared love of the... Read More

LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST

LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST

by Kasie West | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Caitlin Kelly's narration captures a wide array of characters in this story of young love. Seventeen-year-old Abby gives herself a month to complete tough things in an effort to infuse emotion into her art. What has she already crossed off? Having her heart broken, due to her unrequited crush on her friend Cooper. As Abby grows emotionally, Kelly's narration reveals more... Read More

LUCKY IN LOVE

LUCKY IN LOVE

by Kasie West | Read by Laurence Bouvard

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maddie Parker is driven and hardworking--she doesn't rely on luck or chance. When she buys a Lotto ticket on her 18th birthday, and wins, her life is instantly turned upside down. Laurence Bouvard is tasked with narrating Maddie's new reality as she struggles to figure out what she wants, whom she can trust, and what comes next. The difficulty Bouvard faces is that Maddie isn't... Read More

THE MARCH AGAINST FEAR

THE MARCH AGAINST FEAR The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Bausum | Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Karen Chilton echoes the determination of Civil Rights activists in Mississippi's often overlooked but hugely influential March against Fear in 1966. Its initiator, James Meredith, was shot early in the march, and his mission was adopted by a coalition of black leaders with sometimes competing agendas. As Martin Luther King, Jr., sought to temper more revolutionary... Read More

THE MEMORY TREES

THE MEMORY TREES

by Kali Wallace | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kim Mai Guest invites listeners to join Sorrow Lovegood as she returns to her hometown in search of answers about her older sister's mysterious death eight years earlier. Infused with magical, historical, and suspicious elements, the tale of the Lovegood women is impeccably relayed by Guest. While defining Sorrow and other characters with tones of curiosity, suspicion,... Read More

NO SAINTS IN KANSAS

NO SAINTS IN KANSAS

by Amy Brashear | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

This YA fiction retells the events in Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD from an adolescent's point of view. Narrator Eva Kaminsky's delivery is a terrific fit for the voice of high school student Carly Fleming, an ex-New Yorker who has moved to Kansas. The horrific murder of the Clutter family in 1959 gained national attention, drawing newspaper journalists and authors Capote and... Read More

A PROMISING LIFE

A PROMISING LIFE Coming of Age with America, A Novel

by Emily Arnold McCully | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was an infant when his mother, Sakakawea, carried him while guiding the Lewis & Clark Expedition across the wilderness. Her faith in America's promise of freedom and opportunity led her to agree to Clark's request to raise this "butifull promising boy." Narrator McLeod Andrews's voice is easy to listen to, although his use of accents is not quite... Read More

RELEASE

RELEASE

by Patrick Ness | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch portrays 17-year-old Adam Thorn, who has a complicated emotional life. Adam's sexuality may never have been discussed openly in his evangelical family, but this hasn't stopped his many feelings. Crouch expresses Adam's pain over a past breakup and an unwanted advance by his boss. He also dramatizes Adam's long-term hurt at his family's judgments and... Read More

RENEGADES

RENEGADES

by Marissa Meyer | Read by Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Teens on opposite sides of a long-running feud between the Renegades and the Anarchists, two very different groups of superheroes, find themselves caught in the middle. When Anarchist Nova Artino infiltrates the Renegades by posing as a recruit, she connects with Adrian Everhart, the adopted son of Renegade leaders who is hiding secrets of his own. Rebecca Soler voices the... Read More

RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT ME

RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT ME

by Calla Devlin | Read by Amy Melissa Bentley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

When Charlotte's father, a foreign correspondent, is taken prisoner in Russia while on the job, she'll do anything in her power to save him, even if it means defying the FBI. Narrator Amy Melissa Bentley balances all the emotions Charlotte experiences as she deals with a new crush, a wavering friendship, and a difficult relationship with her mother, all while hoping her father... Read More

RINGER

RINGER Replica, Book 2. Version 1: Told in Alternating Chapters

by Lauren Oliver | Read by Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The second book in the Replica series continues the intertwined stories of Gemma and Lyra. Narrators Sarah Drew and Erin Spencer alternate chapters, telling the story from the perspective of each girl. With the print book, readers can choose to read each story on its own, by alternating chapters, or to shift back and forth between the two stories, by reading the chapters... Read More

ROSEMARKED

ROSEMARKED

by Livia Blackburne | Read by Vikas Adam, Angela Lin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators present this young adult fantasy. Seventeen-year-old healer Zivah becomes infected by the Rose plague, which will lead to her inevitable death. But when the Amparan Empire becomes a threat to her land, she must rally and use her potions to disguise a soldier named Dineas so he can spy on the enemy army. Narrator Angela Lin beautifully portrays the tumultuous... Read More

SHADOWHOUSE FALL

SHADOWHOUSE FALL Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 2

by Daniel José Older | Read by Anika Noni Rose

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Anika Noni Rose casts her own shadow magic as she reunites with newly minted shadowshapers Sierra Santiago and her family and friends. As the teens explore their nascent powers, they unite to face social issues affecting their Brooklyn community, such as police harassment. A girl connected with the Sorrows appears with a cryptic message about a potent item called the... Read More

A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS

A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS

by Frances Hardinge | Read by Hallie Ricardo

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Hallie Ricardo delivers Hardinge's lyricism in a genre mash-up that merges elements of ghost, adventure, and horror stories in a seventeenth-century English Civil War setting. Ricardo presents the narrative in an American accent, transitioning easily to a variety of British voices for the many English characters. She shifts as easily between the many emotions of... Read More

SOMEONE TO LOVE

SOMEONE TO LOVE

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this audiobook, Olivia, a privileged teenager, is suffering from an assortment of issues, including depression, anxiety, and bulimia. Her problems are exacerbated by her father's campaign for governor, navigating an elite L.A. high school, and her desire to be an artist. Narrator Caitlin Kelly's portrayal of the teen frequently leaves the listener feeling unsympathetic... Read More

STRANGE FIRE

STRANGE FIRE The Anchor & Sophia, Book 1

by Tommy Wallach | Read by Julia Whelan, Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby, Corey Brill, Jacques Roy, Gibson Frazier

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble of narrators explores Wallach's struggling new civilization. The Descendancy relies on faith to guide their principles and rejects all technology and new knowledge, as it poses a threat to their beliefs. When the Descendancy meets a new colony that threatens their values, brothers Clive and Clover find themselves at the center of the conflict. Subplots include... Read More

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER Numair Chronicles, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Tamora Pierce | Read by Ariadne Meyers

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tamora Pierce's legions of fans will be not be disappointed with what could easily be mistaken for a full-cast performance of her long-awaited novel by narrator Ariadne Meyers. Listeners familiar with Numair will meet him here as Arram Draper when he becomes best friends with Ozorne, still just a prince of Carthak, and Varice. They are just beginning their studies at the... Read More

THE THING WITH FEATHERS

THE THING WITH FEATHERS

by McCall Hoyle | Read by Nora Hunter

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nora Hunter has the perfect voice for Emilie Day, the main character of this ultimately disappointing debut. She has the tone, pacing, and whiney delivery of this depressed, self-absorbed teenager, who is forced to leave her safe world of homeschooling and enter the world of high school. The chapters open with quotes from Emily Dickinson, the reclusive poet Emilie... Read More

TOOL OF WAR

TOOL OF WAR Ship Breaker, Book 3

by Paolo Bacigalupi | Read by Sunil Malhotra

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bacigalupi returns for the third installment in the Shipbreaker series, focusing on Tool, a bioengineered "augment" and his quest for revenge. Sunil Malhotra's gruff, resolute narration is well matched to a dystopia with hardened characters, heavy backstory, and harsh environments. While prior knowledge of the Shipbreaker series may be useful to fully grasp the worlds of Tool's... Read More

TRELL

TRELL

by Dick Lehr | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will appreciate the warmth and gumption that narrator Bahini Turpin brings to this startling story of injustice, inspired by the author's real-life reporting. Teenager Trell Taylor is determined to reinvestigate the case that led to her father's wrongful conviction for murder. Trell enlists the help of a misanthropic investigative journalist to revisit witnesses and... Read More

UNEARTHED

UNEARTHED

by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner | Read by Alex McKenna, Steve West

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

"A scavenger and an archaeologist walk into an alien cave . . ." It may sound like the start of a joke, but for Amelia and Jules, it starts their quest to unlock the mystery of the Undying, an alien race who can provide knowledge and tools for humankind--if only these two teenagers can make it through the trap-laden temple. Alex McKenna and Steve West switch off as narrators as... Read More

A VERY, VERY BAD THING

A VERY, VERY BAD THING

by Jeffery Self | Read by Jeffery Self

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Jeffery Self narrates his own audiobook, which creates a morally complex teen drama that feels decidedly relevant in today's culture. Marley's life at his small-town high school seems uncomplicated until he falls for Christopher, a new student. Their romance blossoms for a few weeks until Christopher's ultra-religious parents send him to a "Pray Away the Gay" camp,... Read More

VERY, VERY, VERY DREADFUL

VERY, VERY, VERY DREADFUL The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

by Albert Marrin | Read by Jim Frangione

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jim Frangione's emotional tone befits this nonfiction work about the influenza pandemic that raged from 1918-1920. Frangione re-creates dramatic pictures of a flu that began in the crowded camps of WWI, swept through the congested trenches, and spread across the world, claiming 50-100 million lives. In addition, Frangione delivers contextual material in an... Read More

VICTORIA

VICTORIA

by Catherine Reef | Read by Penelope Rawlins

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Catherine Reef's biography of Queen Victoria shows meticulous attention to detail with its many illustrations and excerpts from letters and diaries. Penelope Rawlins narrates with mixed success. Her British accent and delivery are appropriate. But the biography is aimed at young adults, and her voice lacks the energy it needs to keep young listeners engaged. While her delivery... Read More

WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND

WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND

by Kari Maaren | Read by Eileen Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fourteen-year-old Freddy is trying not to be noticed by anyone at school. Narrator Eileen Stevens perfectly portrays a teen full of angst. When new neighbors Cuerva Lachance and Josiah move in next door to her family, strange occurrences begin to happen that make Freddy even more anxious. Soon she finds herself catapulted back in time with the new neighbors. Stevens creates... Read More

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