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ALL MY RAGE

ALL MY RAGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sabaa Tahir | Read by Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, Kausar Mohammed

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

A stellar trio of narrators delivers the alternating viewpoints in this superb contemporary debut by YA fantasy author Sabaa Tahir. Abuse, alcohol consumption, and drug use are major parts of this story, along with grief and loss. Narrator Kamran R. Khan portrays 18-year-old Salahudin, whose vulnerability and poet's soul shine as he tries to handle his father's drinking and... Read More

ALL THAT'S LEFT IN THE WORLD

ALL THAT'S LEFT IN THE WORLD

by Erik J. Brown | Read by Barrett Leddy, Andrew Gibson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners who are up for a pandemic story will appreciate this thoughtful, slow-burn romance/postapocalyptic adventure. Two teenage boys are trying to survive--and falling in love--in a world drastically changed by a devastating virus. Narrator Barrett Leddy voices Andrew, who is traveling down the East Coast in search of survivors when he stumbles upon Jamie, portrayed by... Read More

ANATOMY

ANATOMY A Love Story

by Dana Schwartz | Read by Tim Campbell, Mhairi Morrison

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The Scottish accents of narrators Tim Campbell and Mhairi Morrison introduce YA listeners to this historical romance/mystery set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh. Campbell sounds authoritarian as he delivers bits of a medical tome that reflects the male-dominated surgical world of this novel. Morrison portrays the intelligence, warmth, and pluck of 17-year-old Hazel Sinnet, who... Read More

AUGUSTA SAVAGE

AUGUSTA SAVAGE The Shape of a Sculptor's Life

by Marilyn Nelson | Read by Marilyn Nelson, Grace Angela Henry [Afterword]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson narrates her own words in this biography-in-verse of the Black sculptor and teacher Augusta Savage. Born in Florida in 1892, Savage moved to New York City in 1921. There her sculpture commissions earned her praise and scholarships for further study in Europe. With slow, elongated diction and a flat cadence, Nelson conveys the dreamy wonder of the... Read More

BEING MARY BENNET

BEING MARY BENNET

by J.C. Peterson | Read by Sarah Beth Pfeifer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

For Jane Austen fans who are team Mary Bennet, narrator Sarah Beth Pfeifer is here for the win. High school senior Marnie Barnes is desperate to win her school's Hunt Prize and step out of her older sister Lindy's shadow. Pfeifer voices a jaded, high-strung, book-loving Marnie who is as sarcastic as she is lovable. Marnie's uber supportive roommate, Adhira, has a warm, charming... Read More

THE CHANDLER LEGACIES

THE CHANDLER LEGACIES

by Abdi Nazemian | Read by Vikas Adam, Abdi Nazemian [Note]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Vikas Adam does a solid job of switching among genders, ages, and accents in this story. In doing so, he captures a pivotal year for five very different students at an elite boarding school. "Townie" Beth's anxiety makes life difficult. Amanda wants to be known for more than her looks and family money. Bullies in Ramin's dorm remind him of escaping persecution in Iran.... Read More

COURAGE

COURAGE My Story of Persecution (I, Witness, Book 3)

by Freshta Tori Jan | Read by Dalia Ramahi

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Dalia Ramahi takes listeners through the harrowing journey of an ethnic minority girl in Afghanistan who experiences unimaginable trauma before coming to safety in the U.S. Ramahi's youthful, accessible voice expresses the range of Freshta's emotions--from tired resignation at the racism she experienced at school to the terror and pain of witnessing the genocide of her... Read More

DEBATING DARCY

DEBATING DARCY

by Sayantani DasGupta | Read by Deepa Samuel

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

With just the right mix of sassiness, awkwardness, pop culture, and high school drama, this contemporary retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with a Desi twist is a fun listen. Narrator Deepa Samuel portrays Leela Bose and Firoze Darcy. Both are part of the high school forensics teams at their respective schools. Leela is a passionate speech competitor attending public school, and... Read More

EVEN WHEN YOUR VOICE SHAKES

EVEN WHEN YOUR VOICE SHAKES

by Ruby Yayra Goka | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Adjoa Andoh's lilting accents and rich voice add to the sensory details of this novel set in Ghana. Andoh's reading of this first-person story projects a sense of drama that increases during the dialogue as she depicts and differentiates characters. Sixteen-year-old Amerley, the oldest of four girls, has always been responsible for her siblings. To improve her family's... Read More

EXTASIA

EXTASIA

Earphones Award Winner

by Claire Legrand | Read by Emily Lawrence

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Lawrence offers a chilling performance of this dark, witchy audiobook. Amity is chosen to become a saint of Haven, an opportunity that can rid her family of her mother's shame and stop the men of her village from dying. Gentle moments of budding sapphic romance are juxtaposed with mystery and horror. Lawrence perfectly conveys the pseudo-Puritan rhetoric of Haven in an... Read More

FAMILY OF LIARS

FAMILY OF LIARS We Were Liars, Book 0.5

by E. Lockhart | Read by Kimberly Farr

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The prequel to the popular WE WERE LIARS has serious spoiler alerts, so listen to these audiobooks in the order they were published. Narrator Kimberly Farr convincingly delivers the jaded viewpoint of privileged 17-year-old Carrie Sinclair, who recounts the worst thing she ever did in her childhood. In the summer of 1987, she was recovering from a painful operation and dealing... Read More

A FAR WILDER MAGIC

A FAR WILDER MAGIC

Earphones Award Winner

by Allison Salt | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will enjoy narrator Jesse Vilinsky's intricate performance of this romantic fantasy. Wes begins his apprenticeship in alchemy after many failed attempts at other ventures. He meets Margaret while on a contested hunt for an elusive creature. If she succeeds at the hunt, her mother will return home. So, without any real choice, she teams up with Wes. Vilinsky offers... Read More

FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN

FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN

by Jonny Garza Villa | Read by Avi Roque

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This coming-of-age audiobook kicks off when high school senior Julián "Jules" Luna drunkenly outs himself, bringing both risk and relief. It's risky to be openly gay in a Texas town rife with homophobes--his own father among them. Yet it's a relief to finally be himself, to trust in his unwavering friendships, and to pursue a complicated yet hopeful long-distance romance with... Read More

FREEDOM!

FREEDOM! The Story of the Black Panther Party

by Jetta Grace Martin, Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin Jr. | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Capably performed by the inimitable Dion Graham, this history of the Black Panther Party (BPP) opens with stories of its founders and the organization itself and closes with the BPP's collapse and the future of its key players. A coda pulls together the BPP's place in the freedom struggle for BIPOC in the US, and an author's note explains the selection of materials included.... Read More

GALLANT

GALLANT

Earphones Award Winner

by V.E. Schwab | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Julian Rhind-Tutt narrates a charming gothic fantasy about a girl's unusual experiences at a mysterious manor called Gallant. Olivia is a mute teen who is adrift at a school for girls. An invitation to come home to Gallant sets her on a journey filled with self-discovery, ghouls, and ominous secrets. Rhind-Tutt's patient pacing suits the story as spine-tingling elements slowly... Read More

THE HEARTBREAK BAKERY

THE HEARTBREAK BAKERY

by A. R. Capetta | Read by Krystal Hammond

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Krystal Hammond brings listeners an incredible love note to the queer community. After an abrupt breakup, Syd, a teenage baker at the Proud Muffin, pours heartbreak into the brownies. But the "breakup brownies" cause havoc throughout Austin, so Syd and bicycle delivery person Harley attempt to make things right. The inclusivity and representation in this audiobook are... Read More

I KISSED SHARA WHEELER

I KISSED SHARA WHEELER

by Casey McQuiston | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Natalie Naudus brings a sardonic tone as high school senior Chloe Green. Queer Chloe, who moved from California to Alabama with her moms, chafes against the repressive rules at Willowgrove Christian Academy even as she competes for valedictorian against her nemesis, "golden girl" Shara Wheeler. When Shara kisses Chloe and then disappears just a few weeks before graduation,... Read More

INHERITANCE

INHERITANCE A Visual Poem

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Acevedo | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Poet Elizabeth Acevedo's narration of her groundbreaking spoken-word poem resonates with love, understanding, and heartbreak. Originally titled "Hair," the work achieved viral fame during her 2014 poetry slam circuit. With a thrumming rhythm and exquisitely placed pauses, Acevedo celebrates the beauty and import of Black hair. Her voice dips in sorrow as she notes that too many... Read More

THE IVORY KEY

THE IVORY KEY The Ivory Key Duology, Book 1

by Akshaya Raman | Read by Dilshad Vadsaria, Anushka Rani, Ariyan Kassam, Bezhad Dabu

Clarion Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Four estranged siblings must survive a dangerous journey full of puzzles and peril in this Indian-inspired fantasy audiobook. Dilshad Vadsaria portrays Vira, the newly crowned queen of a country nearly empty of magic, with tenacious vocal fry. Soft-spoken Riya, portrayed by Anushka Rani, is working with a group of rebels to dismantle the ruling class. Ariyan Kassam connects... Read More

THE KINDRED

THE KINDRED

by Alechia Dow | Read by Dominique Moore, Amin El Gamal

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this sci-fi adventure narrated by Dominique Moore and Amin El Gamal, two teens find themselves on Earth after one of them is framed for murder. Felix and Joy live in a world where mind connections, known as kindreds, are formed at birth. However, their connection was a mistake, as Felix is a royal and Joy is a commoner. When Felix is blamed for the death of the royal family,... Read More

KISS & TELL

KISS & TELL

by Adib Khorram | Read by Pete Cross, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Hannah Choi, Shimali De Silva, André Santana, Elaine Wang, Mehr Dudeja, Michael Levi Harris, Huy Nguyen, Eileen Noonan, Lee Osorio, Javier Prusky

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Pete Cross is completely believable as gay, out 17-year-old Canadian boy-band star Hunter Drake. Soon after Kiss & Tell embarks on a concert tour, Hunter's ex-boyfriend shares their private--and very personal--text messages online. Everyone from the band's label to strangers on the Internet has an opinion about everything from Hunter's public image to the details of... Read More

LAKELORE

LAKELORE

by Anna-Marie McLemore | Read by Vico Ortiz, Avi Roque

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

How marvelous that this story of healing and love between two nonbinary Latinx teenagers is narrated by two nonbinary Latine/x voice actors! Vico Ortiz portrays Lore, who has just moved to a new town after a traumatic incident at their old school. Avi Roque voices Bastián, who's been bottling up their feelings and releasing them as alebrijes (Mexican animal figures) into a... Read More

LARK AND THE TRUTH OF THINGS

LARK AND THE TRUTH OF THINGS The Truth of Things, Book 1-4

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony McGowan | Read by Dario Coates

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Dario Coates is outstanding in his performance of these four extraordinary short stories. Each one includes a preface describing an event in nature that sets the stage for an adventure involving two teenagers, Nicky and his brother, Kenny. As Nicky narrates their exploits, he shares stories and memories that offer a deeper understanding of the boys' close relationship.... Read More

LEAGUE OF LIARS

LEAGUE OF LIARS

by Astrid Scholte | Read by Graham Halstead, Susan Bennett, Raymond J. Lee, Emily Shaffer

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Secrets abound in this fantasy thriller with an ensemble narration. The story features a lawyer and three incarcerated characters. Cayder, a public defender, portrayed by Graham Halstead, personally knows the devastating consequences that magic can have on a society. Cayder's disgruntled tone is the listener's primary companion throughout this audiobook as he sets out to free... Read More

THE LOST DREAMER

THE LOST DREAMER

by Lizz Huerta | Read by Elisa Melendez, Inés del Castillo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Elisa Melendez and Inés del Castillo deliver a dual narration as Indir and Saya, whose supernatural gifts and unusual paths have led them into worlds of enchantment and danger. Saya lives on the run, hiding her gifts and traveling with her exploitative and secretive mother. Indir is a Dreamer who has lost her ability to Dream just as a sinister, arrogant new king threatens to... Read More

LOVEBOAT REUNION

LOVEBOAT REUNION

by Abigail Hing Wen | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The talented Emily Woo Zeller narrates this sequel, which picks up where LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI left off. Sophie Ha is beginning her first year at Dartmouth, and Xavier Yeh, against his will, is repeating his senior year of high school. Class projects bring them and other alumni back to Taipei. With an inexhaustible collection of voices and accents, Zeller sounds as wonderfully... Read More

A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON

A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON The Book of Tea, 1

by Judy I. Lin | Read by Carolyn Kang

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Carolyn Kang sounds appropriately young and earnest as Ning, a teenager determined to save her sister's life in this historical fantasy inspired by Chinese culture and mythology. She's sick from the same poison that killed their mother, and Ning believes that her only hope for an antidote is to follow in her mother's footsteps and compete to become Princess Zhen's... Read More

MURDER AMONG FRIENDS

MURDER AMONG FRIENDS How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime

Earphones Award Winner

by Candace Fleming | Read by Angela Dawe

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

With the talents of narrator Angela Dawe, the author's excellent research and strong writing propel listeners through this account of the 1924 murder committed by teenagers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Dawe reveals the step-by-step plotting of two bright, privileged boys who kidnap, ransom, and murder a 14-year-old. Their purpose? To pull off a perfect crime. The details... Read More

NICK AND CHARLIE

NICK AND CHARLIE A Heartstopper Novella

by Alice Oseman | Read by Huw Parmenter, Sam Newton

HarperCollins Publishers Limited | Unabridged
Young Adult

Get ready for ALL of the feelings. Narrators Huw Parmenter and Sam Newton bring listeners up close and personal with British prep school boyfriends Charlie and Nick in this novella set after the events of the HEARTSTOPPER graphic novel series. It's the end of the school year--and the more Nick talks about being excited to go to university, the more Charlie, who has another year... Read More

NO FILTER AND OTHER LIES

NO FILTER AND OTHER LIES

by Crystal Maldonado | Read by Frankie Corzo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Frankie Corzo's sparkling performance brings just the right amount of gusto and humility to this social-media-savvy coming-of-age story. Corzo's youthful, bubbly voice perfectly embodies Kat--an artistic teenager who creates "Max," a fake Instagram influencer. The more successful Max becomes, the more secrets Kat has to keep from her rowdy male friends and loving... Read More

NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU

NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Ashley Woodfolk | Read by Amani Minter

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amani Minter's quiet and heartfelt narration grounds the listener in this story of an all-consuming friendship and a fierce first love. Listeners meet two unnamed Black teenage girls. The story is told primarily through one girl's point of view as she addresses the other girl as "you." Minter's pleasantly husky voice recounts a tense and emotional day when the pair set fires,... Read More

PASTEL PINK

PASTEL PINK The Zadik Series, Book 1

by Nikki Minty | Read by Khristine Hvam, Jodie Harris, James Patrick Cronin

Nikki Minty | Unabridged
Young Adult

Khristine Hvam, Jodie Harris, and James Patrick Cronin narrate the first of this YA sci-fi series. It's set on Earth and on the planet Zadok, where Earthlings become reincarnated. Hvam narrates as the main character, a resident of Zadok who remembers her counterpart's brutal murder. Harris narrates as the spirit of the murdered Earthling. While the two characters speak in... Read More

A PSALM OF STORMS AND SILENCE

A PSALM OF STORMS AND SILENCE

by Roseanne A. Brown | Read by Jordan Cobb, A.J. Beckles, Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Bahni Turpin joins returning narrators Jordan Cobb and A.J. Beckles in this thrilling conclusion to A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN. Cobb voices Karina with the ferocity of a queen who has been betrayed by her family and exiled from her kingdom while still allowing room for Karina's gentle compassion. Beckles's visceral depiction of Malik's anxiety is borderline... Read More

THE RACE OF THE CENTURY

THE RACE OF THE CENTURY The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile

by Neal Bascomb | Read by Patrick Lawlor

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Patrick Lawlor's steady pace and friendly journalistic tone will keep listeners on the edge of their seats with this riveting nonfiction sports story. In 1954, in three corners of the world, three men train to achieve something no human has ever done before: run a mile in under four minutes. Listeners follow American Wes Santee, Australian John Landy, and Englishman... Read More

RECLAIM THE STARS

RECLAIM THE STARS 17 Tales Across Realms & Space

by Zoraida Córdova [Ed.], | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Almarie Guerra delivers a versatile performance of these 17 short, speculative stories by authors spanning the Latin American diaspora. These short works contemplate real-world social and political issues through tales of magical space princesses, witches, and werewolves, along with glimpses of a postapocalyptic future. Each story features a unique setting and cast of... Read More

ROXY

ROXY

by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman | Read by Michael Crouch, Megan Tusing, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Candace Thaxton, Neal Shusterman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Roxicodone and Adderall--the seductive Roxy and the comforting Addi--take on voices and personalities of their own when they make a bet to see which drug can get a troubled teen to the party with Dusty, Charlie, and Al (alcohol) first. Narrators Michael Crouch and Megan Tusing lead an ensemble cast in jumping from the points of view of the drugs to recounting the lives of a... Read More

SEARCHING FOR SPARROW

SEARCHING FOR SPARROW Sparrow Rising, Book 1

by K.A. Emmons | Read by Christine Lakin, James Fouhey, Gary Furlong

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Gifted narrators Christine Lakin and Gary Furlong return with a new recruit, James Fouhey, to present this next-generation continuation of THE BLOOD RACE TRILOGY. Raised by her sensei, Fin, teen Sparrow is rebellious, headstrong, and alone. She's supposed to be mastering her considerable skills. But when her wild behavior gets her transferred to "the homestead" and sent into... Read More

SINGLED OUT

SINGLED OUT The True Story of Glenn Burke

by Andrew Maraniss | Read by Kevin R. Free

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Andrew Maraniss's latest sports-focused biography centers on baseball player Glenn Burke. Having played in the 1970s, Burke is remembered for two things: He was gay at a time when the gay liberation movement was in its infancy, and he is credited as the inventor of the high five. Kevin R. Free approaches the narration of this audiobook with dignity and an engaged tone. That's... Read More

SISTERS OF THE SNAKE

SISTERS OF THE SNAKE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sasha Nanua, Sarena Nanua | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Displaying an impressive array of vocal ability, Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani does double duty breathing life into the characters Rani and Ria. They are a princess and an orphan who, due to their identical appearance, swap places to save their home from war. Rani's tone is imperious and decisive, while Ria's is softer and more timid. Nankani's spicy inflections of... Read More

SO THIS IS EVER AFTER

SO THIS IS EVER AFTER

by F.T. Lukens | Read by Kevin R. Free

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

No one is better suited to narrate this charming gay fantasy romp than Kevin R. Free, whose bright voice overflows with silliness and pining. Seventeen-year-old Arek has just defeated the evil ruler of the kingdom and accepted the crown, not knowing that being king means he must marry his soulmate--or face death. So he sets out to woo his fellow questers, even though he's in... Read More

SOMEDAY WE'LL FIND IT

SOMEDAY WE'LL FIND IT

by Jennifer Wilson | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jesse Vilinsky gives this first-person coming-of-age story a harsh sarcastic tone with an underlying note of resignation. Seventeen-year-old Bliss Walker has suffered neglect while traveling with her errant mother or, more often, while left in the care of relatives. Vilinsky allows listeners to see Bliss's softer side when she responds to her gentle friend, Blake, who... Read More

SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

by David Valdes | Read by Anthony Rodriguez

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Anthony Rodriguez fully commits to portraying out-and-proud Luiz, who leads the charge to allow same-sex couples to go to the prom in this gay twist to BACK TO THE FUTURE. An accident sends Luiz back in time to 1985, when his parents were in high school. In that time period Luiz meets closeted Chaz, whom he tries to encourage to come out. Rodriguez perfectly captures... Read More

TAHIRA IN BLOOM

TAHIRA IN BLOOM

by Farah Heron | Read by Anita Kalathara

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Anita Kalathara's inflections convey contention between urban and rural teens. Things are not coming up roses for 17-year-old Tahira Janmohammad. Her summer internship in New York City is sabotaged by a parrot, and then she finds herself helping her aunt revamp her store in Bakewell, Ontario. Kalathara's youthful voice brings out the teen's personality. Soon, Tahira's... Read More

A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT

A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT

by Traci Chee | Read by Grace Rolek

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Grace Rolek draws listeners into a Japanese-inspired fantasy packed with spirits, adventure, and danger. Otori Miuko has never lived up to her father's expectations, or fit into the restrictive patriarchal society of Awara. Rolek captures Miuko's spirited voice and longing for more. But when adventure arrives in the form of a transformative curse by a demon, she's... Read More

THE UPPER WORLD

THE UPPER WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Femi Fadugba | Read by Tom Moutchi, Opia Weruche

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tom Moutchi and Opia Weruche give a powerhouse performance of this intense novel set in a near-future London. Weruche gives the young athlete Rhia a brazen, tough tone, which adds dimension to Moutchi's soft-spoken Esso, Rhia's physics tutor with whom she discovers a surprising connection. Esso has the special gift of being able to enter into another dimension in which he can... Read More

WHAT WE HARVEST

WHAT WE HARVEST

by Ann Fraistat | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

From the opening of this audiobook, narrator Lauren Ezzo gives an edgy, anxious tension to each word. Wren details how the blight--a quicksilver-like substance that distorts everything it touches--has leapt from farm to farm near Hollow's End, tainting the soil and invading both its animal and human inhabitants, transforming them into zombie-like creatures operating as a single... Read More

WILD TONGUES CAN'T BE TAMED

WILD TONGUES CAN'T BE TAMED 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

Earphones Award Winner

by Saraciea J. Fennell [Ed.], Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, et al. | Read by Avi Roque, Elizabeth Acevedo, Frankie Corzo, Ibi Zoboi, Janel Martinez, Jasmine Mendez, Julian Randall, Khalil Haywood, Lilliam Rivera, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Zakiya N. Jamal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The collection contains 15 essays that contemplate ethnicity, race, and culture and how these affected the authors' identities. The individual stories are narrated mostly by their authors, a choice that allows listeners to feel as though the authors are speaking directly to them. Topics include Ibi Zoboi's account of where Haitians fit into the pecking order of her Brooklyn... Read More

THE WITCH HAVEN

THE WITCH HAVEN

by Sasha Peyton Smith | Read by Piper Goodeve

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This first-person story requires narrator Piper Goodeve to portray the wide array of emotions experienced by its teenage protagonist. Months after her brother's murder, 17-year-old Frances is attacked by her employer, an act that unleashes her hidden magical abilities. Whisked away to a secret school of witchcraft, she learns how to use her new skills. But mysterious messages... Read More

THE WORDS WE KEEP

THE WORDS WE KEEP

by Erin Stewart | Read by Phoebe Strole

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Phoebe Strole's youthful tone captures 16-year-old Lily Larkin. When Lily was young, her older sister, Alice, saved her from being swept out to sea by a riptide. Quickly, Strole contrasts the loving stability of Lily's childhood with the overwhelming feelings she is coping with now. She's worried about Alice, who is cutting herself. Lily feels like she has to be... Read More

YOUNGBLOODS

YOUNGBLOODS

Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Westerfeld | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Therese Plummer returns to narrate the final installment of this dystopian series, part of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies tetralogy. The pace of this audiobook is breakneck, and each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger. Plummer's narration is relentless. She never falters. Her breathless delivery compels listeners to keep going even when some of the action is terrifying or slightly... Read More

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