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THE ATLAS OF US

THE ATLAS OF US

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Dwyer | Read by Alexandra Hunter

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alexandra Hunter narrates this complex exploration of grief with tender sincerity. Atlas James is utterly shattered by the death of her father, the only person she feels ever understood her. After a series of poor decisions, Atlas (newly rechristened "Maps") ends up alongside a group of total strangers in a community service project devoted to rehabilitating the wilderness... Read More

THE BREAKUP LISTS

THE BREAKUP LISTS

by Adib Khorram | Read by Amin El Gamal

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amin El Gamal's winning performance endears Deaf, queer protagonist Jackson Ghasnavi to listeners. Jackson loves being the stage manager for his high school's theater department. When sweet, handsome Liam from the swim team gets the lead role in the musical, he and Jackson grow closer. The only problem? Jackson's older sister, Jasmine, likes Liam, too. Jasmine has had a string... Read More

CHARMING YOUNG MAN

CHARMING YOUNG MAN

by Eliot Schrefer | Read by Mark Sanderlin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will just have to imagine the piano music in this atmospheric novel, set in 1890s France. Léon Delafosse is a piano prodigy whose talents take him from the French countryside to Paris. But in order to advance his career and his standing in fickle Paris high society, he must secure a patron. While narrator Mark Sanderlin's pronunciation of French words is flawless, the... Read More

CHRONICALLY DOLORES

CHRONICALLY DOLORES

by Maya Van Wagenen | Read by Victoria Villarreal, Maya Van Wagenen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Victoria Villarreal smoothly shifts between the languages, locations, humor, and heartache of Dolores Mendoza. Delores suffers with interstitial cystitis, a condition that caused a bladder accident in front of fellow eighth graders, a moment of shame that Villarreal powerfully conveys. Villarreal captures Dolores's curiosity in a priest's confessional, wit in the bathroom... Read More

CLEVER CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

CLEVER CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

by Samantha Mabry | Read by Ana Osorio

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ana Osorio narrates with youthful wonder and gentle breathiness, adding to the atmospheric quality of this young adult horror story. When Case arrives at her friend Drea's house in rural Texas after receiving an invitation, she meets strange and unhelpful housemates--and Drea is nowhere to be found. Osorio's voice shifts to a tone of anxiety as Case gradually realizes that... Read More

DAUGHTER OF THE BONE FOREST

DAUGHTER OF THE BONE FOREST

by Jasmine Skye | Read by Jeremy Carlisle Parker, Lindsey Dorcus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jeremy Carlisle Parker shows emotional breadth in her portrayal of 17-year-old Rosy Holt, who zealously guards her own and her grandmother's shape-shifting adventures in a remote forest. Parker heightens the initial tension during a dramatic scene in which Rosy saves the life of a princess. The taut plot continues as Rosy hides her secrets while attending magic school in the... Read More

EVERYONE'S THINKING IT

EVERYONE'S THINKING IT

by Aleema Omotoni | Read by Nneka Okoye

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nneka Okoye masterfully portrays estranged cousins Kitan and Iyanu. The pair are trying to get to the bottom of who leaked the secrets of Wodebury Hall's most popular students. It's a tough nut to crack because the cousins' Nigerian heritage makes them outsiders at their elite British school. Okoye provides a soft, delicate voice for Kitan, whose wealth and silence in the face... Read More

THE FALL OF WHIT RIVERA

THE FALL OF WHIT RIVERA

by Crystal Maldonado | Read by Victoria Villarreal

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

High school senior Whit is still reeling from a summer filled with medical appointments and tests in this audiobook narrated by Victoria Villarreal. Whit has PCOS, a condition that causes uncomfortable body changes. All she wants is to throw herself into organizing the Fall Fest, the event at which her grandparents fell in love decades earlier. Unfortunately, she is forced to... Read More

A FRAGILE ENCHANTMENT

A FRAGILE ENCHANTMENT

by Allison Saft | Read by Fran Burgoyne

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fran Burgoyne depicts a swoony romantasy between a seamstress and a prince. Niamh O Conchobhair has come to Avaland to improve her future, not to fall in love with the one man she cannot have. Kit Carmine, younger son of the king, is engaged to a woman he does not love. Burgoyne demonstrates Niamh's fierce pride in her heritage by giving her a strong accent she refuses to... Read More

FUNERAL SONGS FOR DYING GIRLS

FUNERAL SONGS FOR DYING GIRLS

by Cherie Dimaline | Read by Tara Sky, Jessica Matten

Tundra Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tara Sky and Jessica Matten narrate this fantasy featuring Winifred, a half-Métis teen who wanders the haunted cemetery near her home at all hours of the night. Sky is the primary narrator as Winifred and her father consider allowing tourists to visit the cemetery in order to save the family's failing business. Matten delivers short segments as Phil, one of the cemetery ghosts,... Read More

GLORIA BUENROSTRO IS NOT MY GIRLFRIEND

GLORIA BUENROSTRO IS NOT MY GIRLFRIEND

by Brandon Hoàng | Read by David Lee Huynh

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Successfully conveying teenage angst, David Lee Huynh infuses his performance with longing and youthful doubt as he delivers the story of Gary Võ. Gary and his best friend would do anything to be popular in high school. Then the notorious "Rooster Club" learns that Gary has befriended the most beautiful girl in school, Gloria. They challenge Gary to steal something from Gloria... Read More

HOW THE BOOGEYMAN BECAME A POET

HOW THE BOOGEYMAN BECAME A POET

Earphones Award Winner

by Tony Keith, Jr. | Read by Tony Keith, Jr.

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Hip-hop artist Tony Keith, Jr., narrates his free-verse coming-of-age memoir. His pacing and tone allow listeners to feel the power of his words and imagine his world. His skill as a narrator is evident as he delivers lyrical imagery mixed with dialect. Sound effects illuminate the poems' themes: Drums aid listeners in picturing the richness of African imagery in one poem; in... Read More

THE INVOCATIONS

THE INVOCATIONS

by Krystal Sutherland | Read by Kit Griffiths

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kit Griffiths embodies three London women in this novel about witches and curses. Zara wants to bring her sister back to life, Jude is looking to undo a self-administered curse gone wrong, and witch Emer writes powerful invocations. When some of Emer's customers are murdered, all three women come together to solve the mystery before one of them is next. Listeners will... Read More

JUST ANOTHER EPIC LOVE POEM

JUST ANOTHER EPIC LOVE POEM

by Parisa Akhbari | Read by Nikki Massoud, Elena Rey

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nikki Massoud narrates the first-person story of Iranian American Mitra, who has little expectation of friendships when she enters a Catholic school. But four years later, she and her best friend, Bea, have written 13 books of poetry together and fallen in love. Massoud's narration realizes the vulnerability of a girl full of questions: Can she allow her drug-addicted mother to... Read More

THE LONG RUN

THE LONG RUN

by James Acker | Read by Lee Osorio, Max Meyers

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

With outstanding performances, Lee Osorio and Max Meyers illuminate the rich and complicated inner lives of New Jersey high schoolers Sebastian Villeda and Sandro Miceli. Listeners immediately understand that these two young men are much more than outward appearances and stereotypes. Meyers and Osorio make them both feel messy, endearing, and real. "Bash the Flash" is a track... Read More

MY FAIR BRADY

MY FAIR BRADY

by Brian D. Kennedy | Read by Michael Crouch, Kevin R. Free

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kevin R. Free and Michael Crouch delight listeners in this charming and heartfelt romance, a combination of MY FAIR LADY and the teen movie classic SHE'S ALL THAT. Wade Westmore has always been the star of the show. But when his ex lands the lead role in the new school musical, his ego is put in check. Elijah Brady, on the other hand, is used to being in the background and... Read More

NO GOING BACK

NO GOING BACK

by Patrick Flores-Scott | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ramón de Ocampo's narrative momentum captures the dramatic 72 hours experienced by 17-year-old Antonio after he is released from a youth detention center. As Antonio reunites with friends and family, de Ocampo captures his anger at his wrongful arrest for robbery and the painful relationships that led to it. De Ocampo also expresses Antonio's remorse and desire to follow the... Read More

POEMHOOD: OUR BLACK REVIVAL

POEMHOOD: OUR BLACK REVIVAL History, Folklore & the Black Experience: A Young Adult Poetry Anthology

by Amber McBride, Erica Martin, Taylor Byas [Eds.] | Read by Angel Pean, Greg Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Angel Pean and Greg Campbell narrate this YA anthology of Black poetry with passion, humor, reverence, and a whole lot of vibrant rhythm. The anthology collects poems by twentieth-century giants such as Langston Hughes and Audre Lorde, alongside offerings from contemporary poets, including Danez Smith and Ibi Zoboi. Each poem is followed by commentary explaining its historical... Read More

THE PRISONER'S THRONE

THE PRISONER'S THRONE The Stolen Heir Duology, Book 2

by Holly Black | Read by Barrett Leddy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Barrett Leddy narrates the final audiobook in the Stolen Heir duology, told from the perspective of Prince Oak, who has been captured. Trapped in prison, he is hopelessly in love with his captor, Queen Wren. Leddy captures Oak's desperate conviction and smooth talking, both of which are intended to prove that Wren has his loyalty. With Queen Jude and King Cardan on their way... Read More

RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

by Cynthia Leitich Smith | Read by Rainy Fields

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rainy Fields portrays Rain Berghoff in this audiobook for young listeners. Fourteen-year-old Rain is facing the challenges that typically come at that age, as well as significant additional struggles related to her family, her Native American identity, and a devastating personal loss. Fields is convincing as young Rain. Her tone is earnest, and her timbre is distinctly... Read More

RELIT

RELIT 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories

by Sandra Proudman [Ed.] | Read by Karla Serrato, Frankie Corzo, Dominique Franceschi, Zac Aleman, Andrew Joseph Perez, et al.

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble of narrators delivers this collection of 16 classic stories, poems, fairy tales, and myths reimagined with a Latinx spin and frequent genre bending, mostly into sci-fi and fantasy. Each short story utilizes one or more narrators who mostly fit the gender identity of the main character. Each narrator fully commits to their story, emotionally connecting with teens who... Read More

SHUT UP, THIS IS SERIOUS

SHUT UP, THIS IS SERIOUS

by Carolina Ixta | Read by Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Frankie Corzo narrates this contemporary YA audiobook with sensitivity and verve. Ever since her father left the family, Belén feels like she's been sleepwalking through life. She cuts classes, fails tests, and can't seem to make herself care about anything other than finding a boyfriend and helping her best friend, Leti, deal with an unexpected pregnancy. Corzo skillfully... Read More

SKATER BOY

SKATER BOY

by Anthony Nerada | Read by Michael Crouch

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch emotionally connects to Wes, whose reputation as a bad boy with rowdy friends, terrible grades, and a quick temper is essential to hiding his gay identity. But when Wes is dragged to a ballet performance by his mom and her potential fiancé, he is immediately enamored with Tristan, a dancer. Crouch conveys Wes's frustration with authority figures, along... Read More

SO LET THEM BURN

SO LET THEM BURN Divine Traitors, Book 1

by Kamilah Cole | Read by Kamali Minter, Keylor Leigh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two incendiary performances make this debut fantasy soar. Five years ago, Faron became the Child Empyrean, a conduit for the power of the gods to overthrow the Langley Empire's hold on her island home. At 17, she's chafing at the title. An angsty edge to narrator Kamali Minter's voice distinguishes Faron from her scrupulous older sister, Elara, voiced by Keylor Leigh with... Read More

A SUFFRAGIST'S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC

A SUFFRAGIST'S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC

by Yi Shun Lai | Read by Jade Wheeler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

What if a woman had been on Ernest Shackleton's ENDURANCE expedition in 1914? Li Shun Lai creates just this scenario, and narrator Jade Wheeler steps up with just the right blend of moxie, defiance, and wit to bring Clara Ketterling-Dunbar to life. Clara is an 18-year-old American suffragist who travels to England to fight for the vote with Emmeline Pankhurst. But when the... Read More

A TEMPEST OF TEA

A TEMPEST OF TEA Blood and Tea, Book 1

by Hafsah Faizal | Read by Maya Saroya

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maya Saroya gives an expressive performance in this thrilling historical fantasy filled with vampires, action, romance, and tea. Saroya portrays Arthie Casimir in a smooth, deadly tone that highlights her fierce determination. Arthie's an outsider in Ettenia, but she's created a safe haven in her tearoom, Spindrift, where her crew serves the best tea to high society by day and... Read More

WEARING MY MOTHER'S HEART

WEARING MY MOTHER'S HEART

by Sophia Thakur | Read by Sophia Thakur, Nalini Thakur

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Sophia Thakur narrates her collection of poems exploring aspects of womanhood, joined by Nalini Thakur for some individual pieces. Author Thakur's voice is whispery, slow, insistent--demanding listeners' attention. They should give it, for each poem stands on its own, offering occasional internal rhymes and often startling figurative language. They provide glimpses of hearts... Read More

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