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#PRETTYBOY MUST DIE

#PRETTYBOY MUST DIE

by Kimberly Reid | Read by Kevin R. Free

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

After a failed mission in Ukraine, Peter, a teen CIA operative, finds himself removed from active duty and enrolled in a prestigious academy to finish high school. Narrator Kevin Free's Ukrainian accents are replaced by a variety of American and British ones as Peter heads to Colorado, enjoying anonymity until an unwanted photo suddenly exposes him online. Free highlights... Read More

ACE OF SHADES

ACE OF SHADES Shadow Game, Book 1

by Amanda Foody | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld deftly guides listeners through a seedy underworld of magical casinos. In New Reynes, the glittering City of Sin, fortunes are won and lost in a throw of the dice. Prim and proper Enne Salta wants to find her adoptive mother and leave this dangerous city. Levi Glaisyer, a scrappy con artist, needs to clear his debts to a mob boss before losing his... Read More

AKATA WITCH

AKATA WITCH Akata Witch, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Nnedi Okorafor | Read by Yetide Badaki

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nigeria and the world of the Leopard people come to life with Yetide Badaki's engaging multi-accented narration. Sunny Nwazue is Igbo and American, albino, and about to discover she is magic. Badaki smoothly switches between Sunny's and her friend Sasha's American accents and the voices of her new Nigerian friends, cheeky Chichi and solemn Orlu. Chapters start with briskly read... Read More

ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT

ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT

by Richard Lawson | Read by Holly Linneman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Holly Linneman narrates this story of Boston teenagers who are brought together by an unthinkable tragedy. On a cloudy November day, the Tobin Bridge collapses, plunging cars into the Mystic River or Charlestown. Victims are rushed to Boston General Hospital, and there Scott, Skyler, and siblings Jason and Alexa meet as they anxiously wait for news about their loved ones.... Read More

AMERICAN PANDA

AMERICAN PANDA

by Gloria Chao | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

At the age of 17, Mei, a first-generation Taiwanese-American, struggles with starting college and longs to follow her own path instead of the one planned by her strict, demanding parents. Emily Woo Zeller's narration of Mei's story is as diverse as its characters, giving voice to the culture clash between Mei's family's beliefs and the world around her. Zeller's soft,... Read More

THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA

THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth, earning her no shortage of mockery and isolation from peers and strangers alike. At age 16, she learns she can heal people, but her new power comes with a harrowing price. Narrator Candace Thaxton handles a varied cast with ease, capturing Elena's ongoing conflicts and the personalities of her friends, enemies, and the various... Read More

AS YOU WISH

AS YOU WISH

by Chelsea Sedoti | Read by Brian Hutchison

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

An incredible secret lies within the dull, dusty town of Madison, Nevada. Upon turning 18, the town's residents can make one wish--a wish that always comes true. Narrator Brian Hutchison ably conveys the story of Eldon, a 17-year-old boy who's having trouble choosing his wish even though his wish day is fast approaching. As Eldon ponders his decision, Hutchison weaves in and... Read More

THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER

THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER

by Emily X. R. Pan | Read by Stephanie Hsu

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Pan's sweeping tale of magic, grief, family, and freshman year follows Leigh Chen Sanders to Taiwan in the aftermath of her mother's suicide. Narrator Stephanie Hsu gives color to the vivid palette Leigh uses to describe senses and emotions. As Leigh bonds with the grandparents she was never allowed to know, she searches for the red bird she believes her mother became. Hsu... Read More

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER DC Icons, Book 2

by Marie Lu | Read by Will Damron

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Will Damron keeps listeners on the edge of their seats with his narration of a proto-Batman story in which 18-year-old Bruce Wayne experiments with vigilantism. Damron gives voice to Wayne and his guardian, Alfred, and the various young women on either side of the law. The novel wreaks havoc on the Batman familiar to decades of comic readers, including changes to his backstory.... Read More

THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS

THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS

by Ashley Woodfolk | Read by Michael Crouch, Jackie Chung, Alisha Wainwright

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three teens grieve over the untimely deaths of those who matter to them, and three narrators give strong portrayals of each. Together they present a poignant picture of healing. Jackie Chung portrays Autumn, whose best friend, Tavia, has died in a car wreck. Chung's soft tones are a good fit for the Asian-American adoptee who is obsessed with how she might have prevented... Read More

THE BELLES

THE BELLES

by Dhonielle Clayton | Read by Rosie Jones

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rosie Jones introduces Camellia Beauregard and her sisters with a posh British accent. They are Belles, who live in the enchanted kingdom of Orléans and have the ability to transform its naturally gray people into beautiful works of art. Ensnared in the world of the aristocracy, Camellia begins to learn that for all the beauty she bestows, there is more ugliness... Read More

CADAVER & QUEEN

CADAVER & QUEEN

by Alisa Kwitney | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This feminist retelling of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN unfolds with Miss Lizzie Lavenza being the first female student to be admitted to a prestigious medical school. She's thankful for her father's legacy but also eager to prove her own worth. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld strikes a ladylike tone as she portrays Lizzie's struggles to be accepted in the competitive bioengineering... Read More

THE CASE FOR JAMIE

THE CASE FOR JAMIE Charlotte Holmes, Book 3

by Brittany Cavallaro | Read by Graham Halstead, Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The third book in Cavallaro's series opens a year after Book 2. Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan, as the voices of main characters Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, alternate chapters to recount a story that has little action. Both narrators do a good job of capturing the voices of the estranged, guilt-ridden, and angst-driven teenagers who are trying to come to terms with all... Read More

CHAINBREAKER

CHAINBREAKER Timekeeper, Book 2

by Tara Sim | Read by Gary Furlong

Forever Young Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Gary Furlong's soft voice and lightly rhythmic cadence bring out the best in this second entry in the Timekeeper trilogy, a mash-up of steampunk and speculative fiction. The story takes Danny, a master clock mechanic, to colonial India, where he is tasked with solving the mystery of why the relationship between time and clock towers works differently on the... Read More

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE Legacy of Orïsha, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Tomi Adeyemi | Read by Bahni Turpin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently. The story is told through the shifting perspectives of three teenagers in a West-African- inspired world that had magic until it was stolen away by a fearful and destructive king. Zélie is a diviner, a white-haired, black-skinned girl who is destined... Read More

THE CONTINENT

THE CONTINENT The Continent, Book 1

by Keira Drake | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Fiona Hardingham captures the raw beauty of a new land and the intensity of its people in this thrilling fantasy. Hardingham channels the determination of Vaela Sun, a sheltered 16-year-old who encounters unspeakable tragedy while sightseeing high above the icy, war-ravaged Continent. Vaela is rescued by the fierce Aven'ei people, who welcome her into their ranks.... Read More

THE CRUEL PRINCE

THE CRUEL PRINCE

by Holly Black | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this series opener, narrator Caitlin Kelly perfectly crafts the fierce and determined voice of 17-year-old Jude, a human who is desperately trying to fit into the faerie world despite having arrived against her will and under dire circumstances. When the opportunity to become a spy for one of the princes comes to pass, she's finally given a chance to take control of her life... Read More

THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW

THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW

by Billy Coffey | Read by Gabe Wicks

Thomas Nelson Publishers | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Gabe Wicks evokes both old-fashioned Appalachian hospitality and barely concealed menace in this suspenseful story. The audiobook's unnamed narrator invites the listener to sit a spell as he slowly unfolds the story of what happens when four teenagers bring the wrath of a supposed witch down on their sleepy town. Wicks paces the story perfectly by maintaining an... Read More

THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN

THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN

by Angelo Surmelis | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Evan Panos is desperate to keep all of his secrets from colliding. His best friend can't know about Evan's massive crush on him, his parents can't know he's gay, and no one can find out that Evan's mother abuses him physically and mentally. Narrator Michael Crouch excels at capturing Evan's introspection and wry wit, which is purposefully at odds with the defensively bland... Read More

DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN

DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN Daughter of the Pirate King, Book 2

by Tricia Levenseller | Read by Marisa Calin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Marisa Calin's delivery of this audiobook is superbly executed. Alosa, the daughter of the Pirate King and the Siren Queen, has the power to enchant men with her song. She has always done her father's bidding, but after discovering a secret that her father has kept from her all her life, her loyalties change. With her crew she races to the Isla de Canta in order to be the... Read More

DEVILS & THIEVES

DEVILS & THIEVES

by Jennifer Rush | Read by Devon Hales

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Devon Hales brings a youthful energy to Jemmie Carmichael, an 18-year-old who has a complex, torturous relationship with her own powers. In this story the author builds an intricate web of warring factions, forbidden romance, and magical motorcycle gangs. Hales's characterizations of Jemmie's friends and enemies capture the drama and intrigue of coming-of-age... Read More

DOWN AND ACROSS

DOWN AND ACROSS

by Arvin Ahmadi | Read by Assaf Cohen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Iranian-American Saaket "Scott" Ferdowski wants to be successful in life, but he's unsure how to go about it. He embarks on a reckless but courageous journey to Washington, DC, to meet with a psychologist he believes can help. Narrator Assaf Cohen convincingly depicts Scott's awkwardness upon arriving in the city and ably voices the many colorful personalities... Read More

DREAD NATION

DREAD NATION

Earphones Award Winner

by Justina Ireland | Read by Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Bahni Turpin brings to life the barely restrained sarcasm of Jane McKeene, the bold heroine of the first in this alternate history series. Jane was born to and educated by the white mistress of a Kentucky plantation. When the dead of the Civil War rise from the battlefields and become a threat, Jane, like all blacks and Native Americans, must train in weaponry to... Read More

DREAMLAND BURNING

DREAMLAND BURNING

by Jennifer Latham | Read by Luke Slattery, Pyeng Threadgill

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dual narrators deliver a story of racism and violence, which alternates between the 1920s Jim Crow era and the current day. Nearly a century separates the lives of teenagers Rowan Chase and Will Tillman, both of Tulsa. The discovery of an old skeleton on the Chase family's property brings their stories together. Pyeng Threadgill, who portrays Rowan in contemporary Tulsa, and... Read More

THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ

THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Almarie Guerra tells this story of a summer filled with issues of ethnicity, class, sexism, drugs, and the everyday miseries of adolescence. Margot is trying to put the best spin on her punishment of working at one of her family's supermarkets instead of playing in the Hamptons with her private school friends. Guerra's earnest and vulnerable tone helps smooth over... Read More

EMERGENCY CONTACT

EMERGENCY CONTACT

by Mary H.K. Choi | Read by Joy Osmanski, Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Joy Osmanski and Jacques Roy tell this dual-viewpoint story of young adults finding their way. Leaving for college in Austin, Penny is excited to start on the path to becoming a writer. She doesn't expect to meet her roommate's hot, slightly older ex-uncle-by-marriage. A chance second meeting during an embarrassing moment in his life ends with the two exchanging phone... Read More

EXO

EXO

by Fonda Lee | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Exo soldier Donovan Reyes is portrayed by MacLeod Andrews in this thrilling sci-fi adventure. Andrews shines in this production as he portrays a plethora of characters, both human and nonhuman. As Donovan, Andrews employs a youthful, nonchalant tone, except in moments of stress when his words become sharp and quick. For most of the alien Zhree, a gritty, jagged, and low tone is... Read More

FATAL THRONE

FATAL THRONE The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

Earphones Award Winner

by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson | Read by Jayne Entwistle, Justine Eyre, Fiona Hardingham, Elliot Hill, Elizabeth Knowelden, Ann Marie Lee, Katharine McEwan, Heather Wilds

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Seven talented YA authors and gifted narrators embrace the personalities, foibles, dreams, and philosophies of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives. First-person narratives reveal each queen in her own right, not eclipsed by the famous king or distorted by stereotypes. Portraits are distinctive and individual. Varying tones properly represent the power and struggles of... Read More

THE FATES DIVIDE

THE FATES DIVIDE Carve the Mark, Book 2

by Veronica Roth | Read by Austin Butler, Emily Rankin, Erin Spencer, MacLeod Andrews

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Read by an ensemble cast, THE FATES DIVIDE is the sequel to the sci-fi series Carve the Mark. Despite their fate, Cyra and Akos continue their doomed romance while Cyra's father, the tyrant Lazmet, claims his throne after being thought dead for some time. As a war brews, Cyra and Akos begin a journey to stop Lazmet and ultimately discover where their fates actually lie. The... Read More

FIRE AND BONE

FIRE AND BONE Otherborn, Book 1

by Rachel A. Marks | Read by Will Damron, Kate Rudd

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This Celtic mythological tale will have listeners engrossed in Sage's adventure and search for identity. She lives on the streets--that is, until she finds out she's a daughter of a Celtic goddess. Kate Rudd narrates Sage's perspective as she learns about a magical world and the secrets it hides. In the story, another character named Faelan also narrates, read by Will Damron.... Read More

FOR EVERY ONE

FOR EVERY ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Jason Reynolds

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jason Reynolds performed this poem at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Now he brings its stirring words to audio, his voice as rich as his powerful message. He wrote this lyrical letter when he believed he might never succeed. At this low point, he speaks to himself, and to "every one" ready to give up dreams. His deep voice is as... Read More

HERO AT THE FALL

HERO AT THE FALL

by Alwyn Hamilton | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners unfamiliar with Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands series may initially have trouble understanding both Amani Al'Hiza's powers and the fantastical world in which she lives. Narrator Soneela Nankani draws listeners into a story with a strong heroine who is forced to take on the role of a leader who opposes a powerful sultan. Nankani, narrator of the entire series, delivers... Read More

HONOR AMONG THIEVES

HONOR AMONG THIEVES

by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre | Read by Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

When Zara commits another petty crime, instead of going to jail, she's offered a chance to join an elite team that explores the universe. Soon she finds herself aboard the Leviathan, a race of sentient spaceships. Narrator Adenrele Ojo's spunky, young voice captures Zara's fighting spirit as well as her curiosity. Narrator Adam Lazarre-White portrays the character of Nadim,... Read More

HOW I RESIST

HOW I RESIST Activism and Hope for a New Generation

by Maureen Johnson [Ed.] | Read by Soneela Nankani, Maureen Johnson [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will hear every note of conviction, frustration, fierce honesty, and fearlessness that this inclusive lineup of celebrities, bestselling authors, and activists is ready to share with the next generation of bold leaders and inspiring game-changers. Editor Maureen Johnson's voice is encouraging and inviting as she introduces listeners to these audio versions of... Read More

HOW TO HANG A WITCH

HOW TO HANG A WITCH How to Hang a Witch, Book 1

by Adriana Mather | Read by Adriana Mather

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The author, a descendant of the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, reads her fictional first-person narrative based on her family history. Mather makes clear the unfriendly reception that 15-year-old Sam receives when she moves to Salem with her stepmother. For unknown reasons, she is the target of the "ancestors," girls who are descended from the Salem witches. As narrator,... Read More

I HAVE LOST MY WAY

I HAVE LOST MY WAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Gayle Forman | Read by Sunil Malhotra, Michael Crouch, Nicole Lewis

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The narrators give individual strength to three characters who are all lost on their life paths. The narrators' intense deliveries project the characters' shared sense of isolation and the bonding that occurs after a freak accident. Famed singer Freya, portrayed by Nicole Lewis, loses her balance and falls on Nathaniel, who is portrayed by Michael Crouch. Lewis captures Freya's... Read More

IF YOU COME SOFTLY

IF YOU COME SOFTLY

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard, Jacqueline Woodson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Miah, a black teen, is seeking to stand on his own, out of the shadow of his celebrity parents. He falls in love with Ellie, a white teen who is struggling to forgive her mother for leaving in the past. Together, they realize it may be difficult to find support from others, including those closest to them. Narrator Jorjeana Marie beautifully portrays Ellie's range of emotions... Read More

INK

INK

by Alice Broadway | Read by Amy Shiels

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

In Saintstone, everyone's story is told on their skin. Inking is a noble profession. Lives are told through marks and preserved after death in skin books. These practices are linked to a tale of two sisters--one marked and good, one not marked (blank) and evil. Amy Shiels's soft, round tones and persistent pacing heighten the otherworldly feel of this audiobook, and her... Read More

INKMISTRESS

INKMISTRESS

by Audrey Coulthurst | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Because her blood contains the power to write the future, demigod Asra has been hidden away her whole life. Billie Fulford-Brown narrates in a soft, tentative voice and imbues it with shock and grief after bandits slaughter the village Asra was raised to protect and she must leave her mountain home. Fulford-Brown's subdued tones begin to shift subtly as Asra's journey to save... Read More

THE LAST TO LET GO

THE LAST TO LET GO

by Amber Smith | Read by Stephanie Einstein

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

High school junior Brooke Winters anticipates changes at her new, more challenging school. But she never imagines the real-world tests she'll face. As Brooke learns that her mother has murdered her abusive father, narrator Stephanie Einstein portrays Brooke's rapidly changing feelings: panic, confusion, relief that her mother is alive, and shock at viewing her father's body.... Read More

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Book 2

by Becky Albertalli | Read by Shannon Purser

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Shannon Purser proves to be a great match for the wry, anxious, funny, self-deprecating, snarky, and longing inner voice of Leah (Simon's BFF in SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA). It's her senior year of high school, and Leah is dealing with a lot--from graduation worries to unrequited crushes. Her whiplashing emotions are always front and center for the listener,... Read More

LOSERS BRACKET

LOSERS BRACKET

by Chris Crutcher | Read by Tara Sands

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Chris Crutcher is well known as a chronicler of gritty stories for teens, and this audiobook is no exception. Tara Sands is the perfect narrator for this audiobook. Annie has been in and out of foster care her whole life, and though she has now been with a stable foster family for a number of years, she still craves interactions with her unpredictable birth family. Sands gives... Read More

LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS

LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS

by Samira Ahmed | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maya Aziz is an Indian-American teen who is struggling to balance her parents' traditional Muslim expectations with her own desires. She wants to attend NYU film school, and she wants to date a categorically non-Muslim boy. Narrator Soneela Nankani showcases her talents with various language skills and accents: In French class, Maya speaks the language impeccably, and at home... Read More

LOVED

LOVED House of Night Other World, Book 1

by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast | Read by Caitlin Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Davies returns in the first of a new series by Kristin and P.C. Cast, which takes place after the House of Night series. Zoey has a dream warning that her previous archnemesis, Neferet, could return. Zoey and her lover, Stark, gather their "Nerd Herd" friends, a returning cast with different powers and abilities, in preparation to fight once more after a year... Read More

MARLEY DIAS GETS IT DONE - AND SO CAN YOU!

MARLEY DIAS GETS IT DONE - AND SO CAN YOU!

by Marley Dias | Read by Damaras Obi

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Teen activist Marley Dias's passion for social action is amplified through Damaras Obi's youthful and upbeat narration. Dias rose to prominence when she grew tired of not seeing herself represented in books. She then founded #1000blackgirlbooks with the purpose of collecting and distributing thousands of books featuring black girl protagonists. Dias opens up about her family... Read More

MEET CUTE

MEET CUTE Some People are Destined to Meet

by Nicola Yoon, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sara Shepard and various | Read by Caitlin Davies, Dara Rosenberg, Bahni Turpin, Betsy Struxness, Kyla Garcia, Sullivan Jones

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Young love . . . this anthology of short stories captures all the tingles, butterflies, and heart palpitations of "the moment they met" in stories by popular YA authors. Performed by a talented cast, this inclusive collection offers refreshingly diverse perspectives, including lesbian, gay, and transgender points of view. Love stories tend to make for good listening, and the... Read More

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Guy Lockard

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Miles Morales may be Spider-Man, but his real challenge is dealing with a teacher who seems determined to expel him from prep school. Guy Lockard narrates this coming-of-age story of a young man who is learning to understand his familial, racial, and cultural roots while struggling with becoming a man, grappling with discrimination, and figuring out his superpowers. Lockard's... Read More

A MILLION JUNES

A MILLION JUNES

by Emily Henry | Read by Julia Whelan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this Romeo and Juliet story, narrator Julia Whelan portrays a strong female character who encounters a magical setting when she steps through a threshold. Jack O'Donnell, a girl who is called June, accepts the shimmery dark elements that surround her home as she has always accepted the long-standing feud between her family and the Angerts. Each of the men in the story has a... Read More

NOT IF I SAVE YOU FIRST

NOT IF I SAVE YOU FIRST

by Ally Carter | Read by Brittany Pressley

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maddy, the daughter of a Secret Service agent, and the president's son, Logan, battle Russian assassins and the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness in this high-stakes thriller. Narrator Brittany Pressley smoothly matches the tone of the story, which bounces rapidly between teen angst and life-or-death combat. She excels at voicing teenage Maddy, using a heavy Valley Girl cadence... Read More

OBSIDIO

OBSIDIO Illuminae Files, Book 3

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff | Read by Carla Corvo, Olivia Taylor Dudley and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

A full-cast production supplemented by sound effects and music provides a thrilling conclusion to the Illuminae Files. Four teenagers, having survived the attacks on Heimdall, are now crammed onto a container ship with 2,000 refugees with a vague plan to go to Kerenza IV. They don't know that a separate battle rages there, with a small resistance still determined to stand... Read More

OF FIRE AND STARS

OF FIRE AND STARS

by Audrey Coulthurst | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Moira Quirk

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fans of romantic fantasy will enjoy the story but not necessarily the listening experience of this audiobook. Sadly, the sound editing of the narrators who use drastically different styles is not well done. Moira Quirk portrays Denna, a princess who is slated to marry Prince Thandilimon out of political obligation, in spite of her romantic feelings for his sister, Mare. As... Read More

ORPHAN MONSTER SPY

ORPHAN MONSTER SPY

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Killeen | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Celebrated narrator Saskia Maarleveld offers an exceptional narration of this thrilling WWII drama. Portraying a full cast of characters, including a Jewish orphan, a U.S. spy, and the German students of an elite boarding school, Maarleveld seamlessly incorporates a wide range of European and American accents. Fifteen-year-old Sarah is portrayed with a strong and confident tone... Read More

PEOPLE LIKE US

PEOPLE LIKE US

by Dana Mele | Read by Erin Spencer

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Erin Spencer creates a crisp, powerful voice for Kay, a Bates Academy student who is tasked with completing a revenge project requested by a dead classmate, a possible murder victim named Jessica. If Kay doesn't complete the task, secret information will be released that could jeopardize her soccer scholarship. Spencer develops unique voices for each of the secondary... Read More

THE POET X

THE POET X

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Acevedo | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The author's passion and pacing unite in her rhythmic reading of linked free-verse poems telling the story of Xiomara Barista. The author, a performance poet, and her heroine possess a gift for arranging words, sequencing sounds, and enriching both with emotions. Xiomara (X) is a first-generation Dominican-American teen who has "a little too much body for a young girl." She has... Read More

THE QUEEN'S RISING

THE QUEEN'S RISING

by Rebecca Ross | Read by Suzanne Elise Freeman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Suzanne Freeman narrates Rebecca Ross's story with eloquence and passion. Brienna and her new friends are fighting to overthrow the king and put the rightful queen back on the throne. Freeman delivers Brienna's strong personality and myriad emotions with confidence and mastery. Through changing tones she captures Brienna's hope, despair, love, and courage. Switching easily... Read More

THE RADICAL ELEMENT

THE RADICAL ELEMENT Twelve Stories of Daredevils, Debutants, and Other Dauntless Girls

by Jessica Spotswood (Ed.] | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Bahni Turpin's voice is powerful yet easy to listen to as she brings 12 radical young women and their historical times to life. The stories in this anthology move in chronological order from Savannah in 1838 to Boston in 1984. Turpin uses different voices to distinguish the characters, allowing listeners to recognize them as individuals in their unique times and... Read More

REIGN THE EARTH

REIGN THE EARTH

by A.C. Gaughen | Read by Soneela Nankani

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Soneela Nankani creates appropriate voices for the characters in this audiobook: a lilting tone for Shalia, a strong protagonist who sacrifices herself by marrying Calix, the King of the Bone Lands, in order to win peace for her people, and rougher, dark-edged voices for her husband and the men who rebel against him. In this complex fantasy for older teens, Nankani... Read More

RELATIVE STRANGERS

RELATIVE STRANGERS

by Paula Garner | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Eighteen-year-old Jules was raised by a distant single mother. Lauren Ezzo's moving narration expresses the silent envy that Jules feels for traditional families with warm matriarchs. When she discovers she spent two years in foster care, she reconnects with the loving foster family behind her mother's back. Ezzo brings a flurry of complex emotions to the clandestine reunion... Read More

SAM & ILSA'S LAST HURRAH

SAM & ILSA'S LAST HURRAH

by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan | Read by Michael Crouch, Sophie Amoss

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Michael Crouch and Sophie Amoss narrate Sam and Ilsa's viewpoints in alternating chapters. The 18-year-old twins are hosting an extravagant dinner party to honor their grandmother--whom they lovingly refer as "Czarina"--who is giving up her rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. The six eccentric guests bring big personalities, Dolly Parton action figures, and a sock puppet... Read More

THE SPEAKER

THE SPEAKER Sea of Ink and Gold, Book 2

by Traci Chee | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kim Mai Guest is an expert at bringing a story's characters to life with distinct, memorable voices. Here, Guest depicts Chee's vibrant and magical world, which envelops listeners in the sights and sounds of warring nations. The heroine, Sefia, is given a young, wispy voice that highlights both her vulnerability and growing strength. In contrast, Archer's voice is... Read More

SUITORS AND SABOTAGE

SUITORS AND SABOTAGE

by Cindy Anstey | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

After a successful London season, Imogene Chively acquires a suitor her father approves of. This audio Regency romance for young people offers a tightly wound plot. When Ernest Steeple and his brother, Ben, visit the Chively estate, Imogene discovers her feelings are for Ben, not Ernest. Narrator Fiona Hardingham has great fun with Imogene and the young men, keeping her tone... Read More

SUSPECT RED

SUSPECT RED

Earphones Award Winner

by L.M. Elliott | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley superbly brings this extraordinary historical fiction to life. It's the start of summer vacation, 1953; the McCarthy Hearings are in full swing. Wiley uses a somber voice to narrate from the historical record. Her voice for 13-year-old Richard is full of curiosity, confusion, and a few cracks as he tries to navigate his world. With masterful intonation... Read More

TESS OF THE ROAD

TESS OF THE ROAD

by Rachel Hartman | Read by Katharine McEwan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners might be forgiven for not immediately liking protagonist Tess, since, as it turns out, she doesn't like herself very much either. Katharine McEwan gives voice to 17-year-old Tess, who is stifled by society and by a strict upbringing, effectively communicating her anger and deep hurt. Tess inhabits the same world created by author Hartman in SERAPHINA--a world shared... Read More

THUNDERHEAD

THUNDERHEAD Arc of a Scythe, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Neal Shusterman | Read by Greg Tremblay

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be instantly hooked by Shusterman's sequel to SCYTHE, which details the efforts of Citra, Rowan, and the Thunderhead as they try to bring the Scythedom back into balance. Citra, ordained as Scythe Anastasia, and Rowan, gone rogue as Scythe Lucifer, play pivotal roles. But the Thunderhead, a nearly all-powerful AI that manipulates almost every facet of life, takes... Read More

TRULY DEVIOUS

TRULY DEVIOUS

by Maureen Johnson | Read by Kate Rudd

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Be prepared to be lured into an audio mystery that kicks off a trilogy. Narrator Kate Rudd breathes life into protagonist Stevie Bell, a quirky student at elite Ellington Academy. Stevie is an inquisitive and articulate true- crime lover who is determined to solve a murder and kidnapping that occurred on campus in the 1930s. The story alternates between past and present and... Read More

TURN IT UP!

TURN IT UP! Practice Makes Pitch Perfect

by Jen Calonita | Read by Amanda Dolan

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

This story of friendship, pranks, and a cappella is told from the perspective of three high school girls. The girls include best friends Lidia and Sydney, who are co-captains of the Nightingales a cappella group, and Julianna, the new girl at Bradley Academy. Chapters alternate the points of view of the three girls, and narrator Amanda Dolan uses a variety of voices to help... Read More

TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE

TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE

by Jay Coles | Read by JaQwan J. Kelly

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Marvin and his twin, Tyler, are anticipating a junk food binge after a convenience store run when they hear: Pop!Pop!Pop! JaQwan Kelly's narration turns from lighthearted to fearful, and he amps up tension when an aggressive white policeman draws a gun on the innocent black teens. This is only the first conflict Kelly dramatizes in a neighborhood that has "garden gnomes with... Read More

THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN

THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN

by Rebekah Crane | Read by Alana Kerr Collins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alana Kerr Collins's narration is formal and fitting for an American who has woken up in an Irish hospital with amnesia and finds herself a stranger even to herself. Eighteen-year-old Clementine has no memory after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. She can't fathom seeing her father, whom she can't remember, so she assumes a new identity, fleeing the hospital with... Read More

VOTES FOR WOMEN!

VOTES FOR WOMEN! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

by Winifred Conkling | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

That the story told in this audiobook is one you think you know deprives it of none of its power. Winifred Conkling begins with 11-year-old Elizabeth Cady's dismay in 1826 at realizing that her father will see her as less lovable and valuable than a son no matter what she accomplishes. It ends 94 years later with the cliff-hanger passage of the 19th Amendment. The fascinating... Read More

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

by Vesper Stamper | Read by Deborah Grausman, Vesper Stamper

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Deborah Grausman's youthful voice makes the story of 14-year-old Gerta Rausch all the more horrifying. Sheltered Gerta learns of her Jewish identity when Nazis capture her and her father in 1944. Grausman's emotional reading expresses Gerta's initial confusion, her tender feelings for her papa, and the comfort that music brings her. Musical interludes and Grausman's... Read More

WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND

WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND

by A. J. Steiger | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's earnest, forceful alto voice captures the warring emotions and heightened stakes in Alvie Fitz's daily life. Between uncomfortable interactions with people who don't understand her, rewarding encounters with animals in her work, and a budding friendship with a promising stranger, Alvie's journey is complex, painful, and intense. Steiger blends... Read More

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