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500 WORDS OR LESS

500 WORDS OR LESS

by Juleah del Rosario | Read by Annie Q

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Annie Q portrays Nic Chen, the protagonist of Rosario's novel in verse. The plot revolves around high school seniors who are obsessed with obtaining admission to their Ivy League college of choice--so obsessed that they pay Nic to write their admissions essays. Annie Q captures Nic with an increasingly angst-tinged realism. Known as the girl who cheated on her... Read More

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

by Christine Riccio | Read by Brittany Pressley, Christine Riccio [Note]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Popular YouTuber Christine Riccio's author's note describes the real-life reason for her story--her feelings of timidity and of being overwhelmed in college. Brittany Pressley narrates the first-person account of Shane Primaveri, an only child who has been so concerned with pleasing her parents that she's done little to fulfill her own dreams. Pressley enacts Shane's... Read More

ALL OF US WITH WINGS

ALL OF US WITH WINGS

by Michelle Ruiz Keil | Read by Maria Liatis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Maria Liatis's voice shines with youth and hope in this debut YA audiobook bursting with magic. Xochi is a teen runaway when she encounters 12-year-old Pallas in San Francisco. Hired as a governess, she moves in with Pallas's rock star family and is swept up in a whirlwind of parties and polyamory. While character voices are easily distinguished, some awkward... Read More

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

by TE Carter | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this moving audiobook, exceptionally narrated by Frankie Corzo, Lexie can't stop running. Five years ago, everything changed after a brutal act of violence. Since then, she has switched schools, changed names, and disconnected from family. But as her senior year begins, something is different. She makes friends, meets a boy, and joins the drama club. Corzo expertly voices... Read More

AMELIA WESTLAKE WAS NEVER HERE

AMELIA WESTLAKE WAS NEVER HERE

by Erin Gough | Read by Candice Moll, Jaye Rosenberg

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Candice Moll and Jaye Rosenberg nimbly alternate chapters as they narrate this audiobook. Who is an incisive cartoonist, a prankster, and a righter of wrongs? That's the question everyone's asking at prestigious Rosemead School, and the answer is Amelia Westlake. But Amelia is a hoax--two students have made her up. Wilhelmina is a sarcastic and antisocial artist. Harriet is a... Read More

THE BECKONING SHADOW

THE BECKONING SHADOW The Beckoning Shadow, Book 1

by Katharyn Blair | Read by Amanda Dolan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Cool and confident, narrator Amanda Dolan raises the stakes and intensity in this paranormal audiobook. It starts with a fight club in which teenagers with special powers--Oddities--battle in an underground tournament. Dolan adds the perfect amount of vulnerability and perseverance to her performance of teenage runaway Vesper, who teams up with Sam, an MMA fighter, to train and... Read More

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR The Evermore Chronicles, Book 1

by Emily R. King | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo captures the passion of Everly Donovan, a girl who lives her life one stolen second at a time. When the man who murdered her family reappears, Everly finally has her chance for revenge--if her own delicate ticker doesn't get her first. Ezzo delivers an emotional performance full of drama, angst, and adventure as Everly's habitual secret-keeping creates... Read More

THE BEHOLDER

THE BEHOLDER Beholder, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Anna Bright | Read by Emily Rankin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Rankin provides an exquisite performance of this alternate- history fantasy peppered with fairy tales. To secure the future of her people, Selah must find the right suitor, but her scheming stepmother has her own plans and sends Selah on a journey across an ocean to find one. Several chapters begin with a quote from a popular fairy tale in its original language, and... Read More

BEYOND THE FRONTIERS

BEYOND THE FRONTIERS Deuces Wild, Book 1

by Ell Leigh Clarke, Michael Anderle | Read by Kate Rudd

LMBPN Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners, buckle your seat belts and get ready for nonstop action and adventure delivered with aplomb by narrator Kate Rudd. In this series opener, a spin-off from coauthors Clarke and Anderle, listeners will learn the backstory of infamous ranger Tabitha, while also meeting her feisty niece, Nickie. Rudd captures the high-adrenaline, snarky personalities of these... Read More

BIRTHDAY

BIRTHDAY

by Meredith Russo | Read by Dana Allya Levinson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Best friends Morgan and Eric were born on the same day, and this poignant audiobook follows their changing relationship through six years of mutual birthdays. Dana Levinson's sensitive, steady narration grounds listeners amid the characters' adolescent upheaval. As Eric faces growing family discord, Morgan aches to live into her transgender identity, and as their love for each... Read More

BLOODLEAF

BLOODLEAF Bloodleaf, Book 1

by Crystal Smith | Read by Nicola Barber

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nicola Barber delivers another spectacular performance. In a world with few safe havens for people with magical abilities, Princess Aurelia finds herself fleeing her home to escape an assassination attempt. In the city of her betrothed, she finds greater danger, as well as love--if only she can reveal her real identity. Barber expertly captures the tone and pace of the... Read More

BRAVE FACE

BRAVE FACE How I Survived Growing Up, Coming Out, and Depression

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Shaun David Hutchinson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author and narrator Shaun David Hutchinson wants listeners to remember one thing: Never give up. This memoir is not about the highs in Hutchinson's life after he became a bestselling author--it's about the lowest of the lows. Through his own voice, he painfully recalls his younger years--the depression that compounded his confusion over his sexuality--he is gay--and his fear... Read More

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

by Adi Alsaid | Read by Nancy Wu

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nancy Wu brings listeners into the mind of teenage love-and- relationship columnist Lu Charles. Wu's smooth voice has just the right inflections for Lu's dry sense of humor as she muses about love and heartbreak. However, through both the narration and the story itself Lu ends up sounding older than her 18 years. Wu's strength in this work is her delivery of dialogue.... Read More

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

by Nafiza Azad | Read by Christine Tawfik

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christine Tawfik's seductive voice pulls listeners into the sultry city of Noor, where Fatima, a human girl, is thrust into a brewing conflict between humans and two powerful clans of djinn. Tawfik's narrative choices amplify the undercurrents of romance between Fatima and the djinn maharajah, Zulfikar. Emphasizing meaning and description through her tone, Tawfik also... Read More

CHESHIRE CROSSING

CHESHIRE CROSSING

by Andy Weir | Read by Sophie Amoss, Brittany Pressley, Kristen DiMercurio, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners are invited to venture once again into the magical worlds of Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz in this epic audio adventure. Sophie Amoss voices Alice, her volume low and her tone detached, creating a distinct image of a disenchanted girl. Kristen DiMercurio voices level-headed Dorothy, her tones evoking images of an all-American girl whose offhanded wit is quite... Read More

CROWN OF FEATHERS

CROWN OF FEATHERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicki Pau Preto | Read by Samantha Desz, Jacques Roy, Joy Osmanski, Gibson Frazier, Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A skilled cast of narrators brings a compelling fantasy world to life in Niki Pau Preto's first novel. Joy Osmanski voices Veronyka, a war orphan whose betrayal by her sister, Val, spurs her to disguise herself as a boy in order to join the rebel phoenix riders. Sev, a war orphan on a different path, is voiced in a wary, rumbling tone by Jacques Roy, whose excellent narration... Read More

DARK SHORES

DARK SHORES Dark Shores, Book 1

by Danielle L. Jensen | Read by Jeanette Illidge, Jeremy Arthur

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Jeanette Illidge and Jeremy Arthur complement each other's performances in this YA fantasy. In a world in which women are proficient captains on the high seas, Teriana is forced to decide between losing her crew or going against her gods by leading treacherous men to the mysterious Dark Shores. Both Illidge and Arthur portray main characters Teriana and Marcus,... Read More

DEALING IN DREAMS

DEALING IN DREAMS

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With tough-sounding voices, narrator Marisol Ramirez brings the fierce and fearless characters in this feminist Latinx dystopia to life. Whether she's portraying ambitious Rocka, the head of one of Mega City's top girl gangs, Las Mal Criadas; Truck, Rocka's gravelly voiced enforcer and second-in-command; or the softer, gentler voices of men, who in this universe are relegated... Read More

DISSENTER ON THE BENCH

DISSENTER ON THE BENCH Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work

by Victoria Ortiz | Read by Lisa Larsen

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Those who listen to this paean to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will come to understand how the Supreme Court justice gained her legions of devoted fans long before narrator Lisa Larsen finishes recounting several of her most notable cases. These cases are used to illustrate the devotion to connotational rights, gender equality, and personal principles that have characterized the... Read More

EDGEDANCER

EDGEDANCER The Stormlight Archive

by Brandon Sanderson | Read by Terence Aselford and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Young Adult

This program--dubbed "a movie in your mind" by the publisher--is one of the most immersive audio experiences available. Expanding on the character Lift's story, this STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE novella ties up some loose ends between WORDS OF RADIANCE and OATHBRINGER. Narrated by Terence Aselford and a full cast, the story comes alive with background music and stimulating sound effects... Read More

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION Fat Angie, Book 2

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo | Read by Katherine Littrell

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Katherine Littrell deftly re-creates the sophomore year of Fat Angie and her friends after her sister's death in Iraq. Because she's overweight and lesbian, Angie is targeted for extreme bullying at her high school. Littrell gamely overcomes choppy, unrealistic writing to portray troubled Angie, her angry mother, and diverse friends. Especially moving is Littrell's... Read More

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Dávila Cardinal | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Almarie Guerra is wonderfully cast to narrate Cardinal's fabulously creepy murder mystery set in Puerto Rico and based on the El Cuco myth (a boogeyman monster). Guerra inhabits the multi-perspective story with distinguishable voices, particularly those of protagonists Lupe Dávila, a 16-year-old "GringaRican" living with her uncle, a police captain, for the summer, and Javier... Read More

HEARTWOOD BOX

HEARTWOOD BOX

by Ann Aquirre | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nicol Zanzarella narrates this fun new YA audiobook, which Aguirre herself dubs "Stranger Things meets The Lake House." Its unfolding mysteries only get more interesting with each chapter. Aguirre is a master of poignant imagery, which transitions to audio beautifully. Her well-developed characters are enhanced by Zanzarella's excellent vocal portraits. The only odd thing is... Read More

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

by Helena Fox | Read by Candace Moll

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Candice Moll narrates this contemplative Aussie audiobook, which seems to float lazily along, mirroring its dissociative protagonist. Biz continues to spend time with her father, whom she found dead 10 years ago. At first, listeners may believe he's a ghost, but as the story progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that Biz hallucinates. After an incident with classmates... Read More

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

by Samantha Schutz | Read by Samantha Schutz

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will hear the emotion in author Samantha Schutz's voice as she describes the panic attacks that began at the time she graduated from high school, as well as her frustration when a string of medications fails to control them. She says in her author's note that she originally wrote her book not only to look seriously at her recovery, but also to provide comfort to... Read More

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

by Mason Deaver | Read by MW Wilson

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nonbinary teen Ben is kicked out of their home after coming out to their parents in this audiobook from an #ownvoices team-up of author and narrator. MW Wilson's voice captures Ben perfectly, bringing them to life as they make a home with their estranged sister and build connections at their new high school. Character voices are not always distinct, and it's sometimes difficult... Read More

I, CLAUDIA

I, CLAUDIA

by Mary McCoy | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amielynn Abellera's spirited reading of this loose retelling of I, CLAUDIUS will keep listeners riveted with her unique characterizations and theatrical delivery. With a limp, speech impediment, and heart condition, Claudia doesn't fit the model of the suave politician, but during her first year at Imperial Day Academy, a posh Los Angeles prep school, she is swept into... Read More

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

by Natascha Deen | Read by Kamali Minter

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kamali Minter establishes a passionate voice for Nira, a teen who moved as a child from Guyana to Canada with her parents and grandmother. Now she struggles to find balance between her homelife with her family and her school life with her peers. Nira wishes to be a trumpet player, but her parents do not approve because they fear it will distract her from academic... Read More

KINGSBANE

KINGSBANE The Empirium Trilogy, Book 2

by Claire Legrand | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fiona Hardingham returns to narrate the second installment of the Empirium Trilogy. Separated by a thousand years but slowly coming together as the story progresses, queens Eliana and Rielle have come to terms with using their magical abilities. But as the plot darkens, their strengths, and hearts, are tested. Hardingham's skillful narration connects listeners to the hushed... Read More

LAST BUS TO EVERLAND

LAST BUS TO EVERLAND

by Sophie Cameron | Read by Joshua Manning

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Joshua Manning transports listeners from Edinburgh, Scotland, through a green door with a unicorn knocker. On the other side is a parallel dimension called Everland, described as "a knockoff Narnia," where time does not exist. This audiobook is told in the first person, so Manning does the majority of his work in the main character's Scottish accent. But because... Read More

LAST THINGS

LAST THINGS

by Jacqueline West | Read by Lisa Flanagan, Josh Bloomberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lisa Flanagan and Josh Bloomberg narrate this story told from two points of view. In a northern Minnesota town, talented Anders and his heavy metal band draw crowds from near and far. Worried about Anders's safety, Thea hides in the shadows in hopes of keeping dark forces from claiming the teen prodigy. As is sometimes the case when there is more than one narrator, some... Read More

LET ME HEAR A RHYME

LET ME HEAR A RHYME

by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock, Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock, Adenrele Ojo, and Adam Lazarre-White take turns narrating this young adult title set in the '90s in New York City. Each narrator brings a unique and heartbreaking voice to life. The story follows two best friends who try to honor the life and rapping talent of a friend who has died. With the help of his sister, they hatch a scheme to make him famous... Read More

THE LETTER FOR THE KING

THE LETTER FOR THE KING

Earphones Award Winner

by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson [Trans.] | Read by Matt Addis

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Matt Addis narrates this expansive tale of chivalry and great deeds, a Dutch classic written in 1962 and recently translated into English. Tiuri, a young squire making his pre-knighthood vigil, cannot refuse a request for help from a mysterious stranger. Thus begins an adventure through dangerous forests, across wide rivers, and among people whose allegiances are uncertain.... Read More

LIKE A LOVE STORY

LIKE A LOVE STORY

by Abdi Nazemian | Read by Lauren Ambrose, Michael Crouch, Vikas Adam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators depict a trio of teens who, in alternating chapters, search for love and self-identity in New York City amid the AIDS crisis of the late 1980s. Lauren Ambrose's narration has the perfect tone of sarcasm to capture the wit and self-deprecating humor of Judy. Aside from her beloved Uncle Stephen, who has AIDS, Judy's best friend is Art. Michael Crouch's portrayal... Read More

LOVE FROM A TO Z

LOVE FROM A TO Z

Earphones Award Winner

by S.K. Ali | Read by Priya Ayyar, Tim Chiou, S.K. Ali

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This sweet Muslim teen romance with dual narrators begins with the author's voice vowing faithfulness to her characters' (fictional) journals, pieced together for the audiobook. Priya Ayyar gives American Zayneb an upbeat, strident tone that is distinctly teenaged. Her anger sparks at the Islamophobia she faces everywhere. Tim Chiou voices Canadian expat Adam in a calm,... Read More

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Read by Emily Lawrence

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Lawrence narrates Kira's story in a deliberate tone that belies the trauma the teen has kept buried. Her earliest memories are of being young and alone and lost in the woods before being found by Cady Bennett and her search-and-rescue dogs. Now, another little girl, Bella, is lost in the wilderness, and as Kira and her team rush to find the child, the past resurfaces.... Read More

THE MERCIFUL CROW

THE MERCIFUL CROW

by Margaret Owen | Read by Amy Landon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amy Landon delivers an epic performance of this young adult fantasy novel. In a world in which kings and queens still rule and a caste system based on birds keeps everyone in their places, three main characters play a game in which they risk everything. Landon's task is not easy because most of the characters and creatures in this world have unique names and even more... Read More

MINDFULNESS FOR ALL

MINDFULNESS FOR ALL The Wisdom to Transform the World

by Jon Kabat-Zinn | Read by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Renowned professor of medicine and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn narrates his own work on mindfulness as applied to the individual's relationship to the world at large. Kabat-Zinn's roots shine through in his New York accent, while his background in mindfulness and meditation is reflected in his relaxed pace and considered tone. Expressing such themes as the connections... Read More

NYXIA UPRISING

NYXIA UPRISING The Nyxia Triad, Book 3

by Scott Reintgen | Read by Sullivan Jones, Kyla Garcia, Alex Romashov, Keong Sim

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Part of what makes this audiobook trilogy so memorable is the talent of narrator Sullivan Jones. In this action-packed conclusion to the Nyxia Triad series, the initial journey for resources on an alien planet turns into an ugly fight as the Genesis teens strive to defeat Babel and return home. Jones gives main character Emmett a strong personality that comes off as casual at... Read More

ORDINARY GIRLS

ORDINARY GIRLS

by Blair Thornburgh | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jorjeana Marie's delicate voice and whimsical tone fit right in with the quirky, frantic, and messy Blatchley sisters. Along with their mother, the teens are scrambling to hold onto to their beloved Victorian home. Marie's performance is especially admirable because the animated Blatchley sisters couldn't be more different. For little sister Plum, Marie utilizes an... Read More

PAN'S LABYRINTH: THE LABYRINTH OF THE FAUN

PAN'S LABYRINTH: THE LABYRINTH OF THE FAUN

by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke | Read by Thom Rivera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Thom Rivera's relaxed tone and Spanish accent are a perfect complement to this audiobook based on Guillermo del Toro's movie of the same name. As Ofelia completes the tasks given to her by the faun of the labyrinth in order to reunite with her true family, Rivera voices her with high, breathy tones and the confidence of a child who is trying to prove herself. The... Read More

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

Earphones Award Winner

by Randy Ribay | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo expresses the many emotional shifts of Jay Reguero. The audiobook begins with Jay's early memory of connection with his compassionate cousin, Jun, while visiting the Philippines, where he is originally from. Now 17, Jay finds himself unmotivated by college acceptance and dulled by video games. De Ocampo juxtaposes this fog with a rush of feelings when... Read More

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

by Jeff Zentner | Read by Sophie Amoss, Phoebe Strole

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Sophie Amoss and Phoebe Strole alternate narrating this story about two best friends who are facing the uncertainties of life after high school. For two years Josie (performed by Amoss) and Delia (by Strole) have hosted a semi-successful local-access TV show that airs B-grade horror flicks. As graduation approaches, the girls must weigh the future of the show against... Read More

THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC

THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC

by Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu | Read by B.D. Wong

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the first audiobook in The Eldest Curses trilogy (part of The Shadowhunter Chronicles), B.D. Wong, known for his work in Disney films, television, and theater, gives voice to warlock Magnus Bane and his boyfriend, Alec Lightwood. While touring Europe after the Mortal War, they discover a cult that is determined to cause chaos. Wong engages with the gripping tale's... Read More

THE REST OF THE STORY

THE REST OF THE STORY

by Sarah Dessen | Read by Rebecca Soler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the self-confidence of 17-year-old Emma Saylor Payne. She is secure in her father's love and remarriage, and she has made peace with the death of her mother from a drug overdose. But that's before she learns she'll spend three weeks at North Lake, her mother's childhood home, with a large family she doesn't remember. As these weeks open her up,... Read More

RISE

RISE

by Ellen Goodlett | Read by Lisa Flanagan, Bahni Turpin, Soneela Nankani

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Lisa Flanagan, Bahni Turpin, and Soneela Nankani's voices are a force to be reckoned with as they ring with steeliness and resolve in the sequel to RISE. Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi--all contenders for their dying father's throne--harbor terrible secrets that threaten to destroy their family and the kingdom they love. Flanagan, Turpin, and Nankani's voices weave... Read More

ROMANOV

ROMANOV

by Nadine Brandes | Read by Jessica Ball

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jessica Ball narrates a reimagining of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna. In this fantasy, set during the Russian Revolution, the youngest daughter of the last tsar is a spell master who may be her family's only hope for salvation. Ball manages to portray a plethora of emotions--from Nastya's petulance at her family's ongoing imprisonment to her longing and desire for Zash, a... Read More

THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE

THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE

by Stacey Lee | Read by Nancy Wu

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this quirky novel, Nancy Wu's mellow tones ably convey the angst of growing up as one of the world's last aromateurs, a person who uses a heightened sense of smell to create love potions. Having finally convinced her mother to let her go to high school, 15-year-old Mimosa works hard to keep up with her classes, the bewildering new world of teen relationships, and the extreme... Read More

SECRET SOLDIERS

SECRET SOLDIERS How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a smooth narration, Ron Butler tells the story of how the artists, actors, camouflage experts, sound designers, and other specialists of the U.S. Special Troops of WWII worked together to trick the Nazis into thinking they were facing troops, men, and equipment that were a cunning fabrication. Butler's recounting of outlandish and detailed ruses used to outwit the enemy is... Read More

SHADOWSCENT

SHADOWSCENT

by P.M. Freestone | Read by Steve West, Laura Aikman

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Steve West and Laura Aikman pair up to narrate a new fantasy adventure set in the kingdom of Aramtesh, where scent has power. With her melodic English accent, Aikman portrays Rakel, a village girl with a keen nose and an ailing father. West, whose has a baritone voice and English accent, portrays Ash, the shield and close friend of the prince. Rakel and Ash met at the blooming... Read More

SHERWOOD

SHERWOOD

by Meagan Spooner | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Fiona Hardingham's forceful tones embody the strength and resolve of Maid Marian, who is grappling with grief and anger in the wake of Robin of Loxley's death. As Marian undertakes an unusual and dangerous new role, Hardingham fully captures the characters in Spooner's take on the Robin Hood stories. From the nasal, aggressive Sir Guy, to the brave, clever Elena and... Read More

SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY

SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY

by Amber Smith | Read by MW Cartozian Wilson, Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With ample sensitivity, narrators MW Wilson and Sandy Rustin reflect the complex nature of long-term emotional pain and its effects on authentic expression and the ability to care for others. In alternating first-person chapters, Chris and Maia reveal their individual traumas. Ultimately, listeners also hear the healing effects of their loving relationship. Wilson's subdued... Read More

SORCERY OF THORNS

SORCERY OF THORNS

by Margaret Rogerson | Read by Emily Ellet

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Ellet narrates this captivating fantasy about a sword-wielding librarian in a world of sorcerers, demons, and grimoires with unique personalities. Ellet enchants the listener from the very beginning as magical grimoires whisper at apprentice librarian Elisabeth. However, the magic of the story is frequently interrupted by several small production edits, and the listener... Read More

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessie Ann Foley | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ron Butler has a challenging task in describing Pup Flanagan's large family. Sixteen-year-old Pup is the youngest of five "sister-mothers" and Luke, an angry, alcoholic brother. Butler manages to distinguish all of them, their overwhelming collective presence, and the unexpressed grief that lingers after the death of Patrick, the oldest. Though it's been two years, Pup... Read More

SPECTACLE

SPECTACLE

by Jodie Lynn Zdrok | Read by Laurie Catherine Winkel

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be immediately intrigued by this fantasy thriller. Set in 1887 Paris, the story is beautifully written, filled with descriptive language, and the cadence and pace of delivery make you feel as though you are there watching it all unfold. Laurie Winkel portrays 16-year-old Nathalie Baudin, a journalist who covers the daily arrivals at the Paris morgue. One day,... Read More

SPIN THE DAWN

SPIN THE DAWN The Blood of Stars, Book 1

by Elizabeth Lim | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kim Mai Guest narrates this enchanting fantasy, in which Maia Tamarin must contend with several masters to become the imperial tailor and support her family. Women aren't allowed to become tailors, so Maia disguises herself as a man while she competes. Guest excels at providing vibrant, distinct voices for a wide cast of characters. Maia's voice, in particular, is carefully... Read More

STEPSISTER

STEPSISTER

by Jennifer Donnelly | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jayne Entwistle narrates this dark feminist Cinderella retelling, which is beautifully eerie and tragic. Isabelle has been the mean, ugly stepsister her entire life--going so far as to cut off her own toes in an effort to change her fate and be with the Prince. When that plan fails and beautiful Ella marries the Prince, the story really begins. Isabelle is frustrated with a... Read More

THESE WITCHES DON'T BURN

THESE WITCHES DON'T BURN

Earphones Award Winner

by Isabel Sterling | Read by Kristen DiMercurio

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kristen DiMercurio will keep listeners spellbound with her narration of this contemporary young adult fantasy. Hannah is a typical teenage witch living in Salem with her coven. While attending an end-of-the-year party, someone commits a forbidden blood ritual, and Hannah is left to uncover the mystery with her ex-girlfriend, Veronica, while trying to date someone new.... Read More

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Misa Sugiura | Read by Joy Osmanski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Joy Osmanski delivers the sarcasm of 17-year-old CJ Katsuyama. Her demeanor thinly veils her pain at the lack of love she feels from her mother, a driven business executive. CJ believes she will always fail to meet her mother's expectations. On the other hand, Osmanski makes clear the love and support this teen has from her best friend, Em; her Aunt Hannah; and Owen a... Read More

VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT

VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT Viola, Book 2

by Adrianna Trigiani | Read by Emily Eiden

Ideal Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Eiden returns to narrate this whimsical young adult sequel. After the events of VIOLA IN REEL LIFE, the protagonist is back in Brooklyn on break from the Perfect Academy in Indiana. At first, Viola expects the usual comfort of home, but she finds that her friends adopted new lives while she was away. Worst of all, her best friend, Andrew, has changed, too. These common... Read More

VOICES

VOICES The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

by David Elliott | Read by Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators deliver Elliott's multifaceted account of Joan of Arc's life. With a range of characterizations, Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, and Luis Moreno embody Joan's thoughts as well as the people in her life, including those involved with her trial. The story also takes the points of view of Joan's sword and armor. The majority of Elliott's account is told in... Read More

WARHEAD

WARHEAD The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World

by Jeff Henigson | Read by Jeff Henigson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Jeff Henigson takes full advantage of the opportunity to narrate the funny, frequently bittersweet story of his teenage battle with brain cancer and the life-changing journey that arose from it. Henigson manages to project the wistfulness, angst, and fear of a 15-year-old whose biggest hope morphs from wanting to launch a rocket with his dad to hoping to survive cancer.... Read More

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

by Carrie Arcos | Read by Laura Knight Keating, Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Laura Knight Keating and Elisabeth Rodgers skillfully narrate the story of a mother and daughter who are both coping with the aftereffects of political tension, terrorism, and war. Zara's relationship with her mother, a refugee, has always been discordant. When a terrorist attack in Rhode Island leaves her mother in a coma, Zara loses the chance to fix their strained... Read More

WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES

WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES

by Sarah Henstra | Read by Matthew Gouveia, Tony Kim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This epistolary audiobook is told through the letters of Kurl and Jo. Kurl, portrayed by Matthew Gouveia, is a football player who is repeating twelfth grade when he is assigned a tenth-grade pen pal by his English teacher. Jo, portrayed by Tony Kim, is an openly gay Walt Whitman fanatic who is mercilessly bullied at school. Gradually, they fall in love and support each other... Read More

WE HUNT THE FLAME

WE HUNT THE FLAME Sands of Aramiya, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Hafsah Faizal | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West lend their exceptional vocal skills to this fantasy novel. Its setting is inspired by ancient Arabia and inhabited by a stunning cast of characters, both human and otherworldly. Hardingham portrays Zafira, who defies authority by hunting game to save her people. West handles the assassin prince, Nasir. Both narrators deliver commanding... Read More

WE RULE THE NIGHT

WE RULE THE NIGHT

by Claire Eliza Bartlett | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Chloe Cannon captures the defiant spirits of Revna and Linné, two young women who join the first corps of female aviators as they defend their homeland through the use of forbidden magic. The strength of Cannon's performance is in her steady narration, which reflects the story's pace as the conflict escalates while simultaneously bringing to life each character's... Read More

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL She can't remember. She can't forget.

by Heather Hepler | Read by Misty Wells

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Misty Wells speaks in the voice of Mia in this YA audiobook of loss, grief, and healing. Mia's family is broken, and she doesn't understand what broke it. Now she has a ruined face, her mother and sister are gone, and her father has brought her to spend the summer with her grandmother--whom she's never met. Then he disappears. Wells's delivery is fast, almost ignoring... Read More

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

by Emily Henry | Read by Amara Jasper

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amara Jasper's frank delivery transports listeners to Splendor, Ohio--the site of a devastating steel mill explosion and home to a small group known as The Ordinary. Group members Fran and her friends enjoy investigating local legends. One night something crashes to earth and grants them unusual powers. Jasper's gruff narration captures the pervasive heartache of Splendor's... Read More

WICKED FOX

WICKED FOX Gumiho, Book 1

by Kat Cho | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Audiobook narrator Emily Woo Zeller voices an array of characters both magical and mundane in this romantic urban fantasy, set in contemporary Seoul. Gu Miyoung appears human, but she's actually a GUMIHO, an immortal nine-tailed fox who feeds on the life force of men. Though her exacting mother cautions her to keep a low profile, Miyoung reveals herself when she rescues a human... Read More

WITHIN THESE LINES

WITHIN THESE LINES

by Stephanie Morrill | Read by Morgan Fairbanks, Andrew Kanies

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

The dual narration of this story allows listeners to hear the perspectives of both of its main characters--a young, interned Japanese man and the girl who is appalled at his treatment by the U.S. government. Taichi Hamasaki and Evalina Cassano love each other despite two forces working against them: California's laws against interracial marriage and growing anti-Japanese... Read More

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