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ALL OUT

ALL OUT The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

by Saundra Mitchell [Ed.], Malinda Lo, Mackenzi Lee, et al. | Read by Bahni Turpin, Allison Hiroto, Christian Barillas, Kevin T. Collins, Inés del Castillo, Marisa Calin

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Six narrators inhabit the wide spectrum of LGBTQ+ characters featured in these 17 short stories. Each story has a historical setting, ranging from fourteenth-century England to Massachusetts in 1999. Some include real-life events and personalities--"Molly's Lips" takes place at a fan vigil in Seattle following Kurt Cobain's suicide--and some are rooted in legend or fantasy. In... Read More

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE

by Nicole Williams | Read by Phoebe Strole

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Phoebe Strole channels Jade's summer of first love and her search for her birth father. Strole embodies Jade's quirky likability as she finds a whole new life in suburban California, where she's now living under her aunt's roof, having left her mom, a rock star. Jade's ideas of normal flip when she falls for Quentin Ford, a handsome and responsible lifeguard whom... Read More

AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY

AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY

by Patrick Ness | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This twist on the story of Moby-Dick is told from the viewpoint of a whale called Bathsheba. Narrator Cassandra Campbell voices Bathsheba with world-weariness as she recounts her long-past days as part of a whale pod searching for the fabled Toby Wick, a sailor who takes pleasure in massacring whales and humans alike. Like its inspiration, Ness's story tackles complex themes... Read More

ARCHENEMIES

ARCHENEMIES Renegades, Book 2

by Marissa Meyer | Read by Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Dan Bittner and Rebecca Soler take listeners to Gatlin City in this follow-up to Marissa Meyer's hit RENEGADES. Listeners become absorbed in what feels like an old-fashioned radio drama that is set in a future in which superheroes and regular folks live side by side. The narrators excel in portraying the two protagonists. Bittner's jovial tone captures Adrian's sense... Read More

ATTUCKS!

ATTUCKS! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

by Phillip Hoose | Read by Brad Sanders

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Brad Sanders's baritone voice bestows deserved gravitas on this remarkable true story of a 1950s all-black high school's victory in the Indiana state basketball championship. Sanders's steady reading allows for the wider context of American racial injustice to take center court. His delivery reflects the real-life personalities on the Attucks Tigers team, such as Coach... Read More

BLACK WINGS BEATING

BLACK WINGS BEATING Skybound Saga, Book 1

by Alex London | Read by Michael Crouch, Brittany Pressley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Michael Crouch and Brittany Pressley alternate narrating this thrilling series starter. Teens Kylee and Brysen are brother-and-sister twins who are trying to track and capture a legendary ghost eagle in a fantasy universe where birds of prey are worshiped. Both narrators are well cast for their roles as they guide listeners through an emotional spectrum that ranges from the... Read More

BRIDGE OF CLAY

BRIDGE OF CLAY

by Markus Zusak | Read by Markus Zusak

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Zusak narrates his long-awaited novel as if he has spent time with his characters in real life. In his gentle Australian accent, Zusak lingers over his well-chosen words, accenting their rhythms. His quiet tone belies the power of his story. Matthew, the eldest, tells the tale of the five Dunbar brothers. Much of his focus is on Clay, the fourth, who is "the best of us."... Read More

BROKEN THINGS

BROKEN THINGS

by Lauren Oliver | Read by Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer, Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Five years after Brynn and Mia are accused of murdering their best friend, Summer, they are brought together at her memorial and now must work to clear their names by finding the true killer. Narrator Sarah Drew establishes a bold voice for Brynn, reflecting her anger at being ostracized by her community, while narrator Erin Spencer creates a calmer voice for Mia. Passages from... Read More

BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE

BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Viviana Mazza [Afterword] | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Robin Miles's powerful emotional tone carries listeners to Nigeria and the life of an unnamed narrator in the 2010s. She is bright and beloved by family and friends. Cheer balances her worries about hiding menstrual blood, and she dreams of meetings with her first crush. Short chapters mark small moments of daily life and introduce rumors about Boko Haram. When the militants... Read More

CLAIMING MY PLACE

CLAIMING MY PLACE Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust

by Planaria Price, Helen Reichmann West | Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ilyana Kadushin ably narrates this biography of Barbara Reichmann, a young Jewish woman in Poland at the onset of WWII. Kadushin's voice expresses sadness, anger, and frustration at the increasing discrimination and violence of the Nazis. As fear for her own safety grows, Barbara comes to believe that her Aryan appearance provides her the best chance of safety. Her idea is to... Read More

DAMSEL

DAMSEL

by Elana K. Arnold | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

From the start, Elizabeth Knowelden's haunting narration gives listeners a sense of unease as Ama--a prophesied damsel--wakes up in the arms of Prince Emory, who has rescued her from the dragon's lair. What should be a happy ending is just the beginning of a quiet revolution. Knowelden's voice is soft as air; her pitch ebbs and flows in a way that wonderfully mirrors the... Read More

THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN

THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN

by Kiersten White | Read by Katharine McEwan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Though Elizabeth Lavenza is relegated to a supporting role in Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, she's the central figure in this chilling reimagining of the gothic classic. Narrator Katharine McEwan's portrayal of the title character is soft, measured, and sympathetic--all necessary qualities for Elizabeth, whose position as a ward of the wealthy Frankenstein family depends on her... Read More

DREAM COUNTRY

DREAM COUNTRY

Earphones Award Winner

by Shannon Gibney | Read by Bahni Turpin

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Bahni Turpin moves easily between the accents and emotions, times and places of five linked stories, beginning with that of Kollie Flomo in 2008. The 17-year-old Liberian refugee has undiagnosed PTSD that results in confusion, anger, and eventually his return to reform school in Monrovia. From there, the stories shift abruptly and without apparent reason. In 1926,... Read More

DRY

DRY

by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman | Read by Jenni Barber, Noah Galvin, Michael Crouch, Kivlighan de Montebello, Candace Baxter, Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Multiple narrators and alternating perspectives underscore the volatility of this speculative story about a group of teens who are trying to survive the "Tap-Out," a catastrophic water shortage in Southern California. Jenni Barber anchors the cast with her youthful yet determined portrayal of Alyssa, a sensible suburban girl who is the story's moral center. She's joined by... Read More

FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Heidi Heilig | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this young adult novel, narrator Emily Woo Zeller builds on the suspense of the chase. Filled with anticolonialist sentiment, an unnamed country suggestive of Indonesia is invaded by a foreign army. When the invaders ban the old ways, the traditions and practices go underground. These include the special magic used by Jetta, who tells this story in the first part of a new... Read More

A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

by Deb Caletti | Read by Julia Whelan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Julia Whelan drops easily into the uneasy mind and tormented heart of Annabelle Agnelli. The story opens as the 18-year-old is running from Seattle to Washington, DC. Each chapter contains memories that color her present. Though the entire reason she's running isn't clear until the ending, Whelan characterizes Annabelle's wavering moods and the strength of her... Read More

HERETICS ANONYMOUS

HERETICS ANONYMOUS

Earphones Award Winner

by Katie Henry | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch demonstrates a wholly satisfying range of teen and adult voices in his performance of Katie Henry's dialogue-rich debut novel. Each of the five boys and girls in the eponymous club, along with assorted family members of various ages, receives a distinct and consistent tone and pitch, making it easy to recognize every speaker in the moment. Although moods... Read More

THE HERO'S BROTHER

THE HERO'S BROTHER

by M. Scott Anderson | Read by Mark Bramhall

The Parchment Farm | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Mark Bramhall invites listeners into a magical land to travel alongside a troupe of misfits in a lively medieval adventure. From the very beginning, listeners will be captivated by Bramhall's ability to distinguish every character--and there are many--with a distinct voice and accent, never wavering when moving from one person to the next. Whether he's tackling Irish,... Read More

THE HUNGER GAMES: SPECIAL EDITION

THE HUNGER GAMES: SPECIAL EDITION Hunger Games, Book 1

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Tatiana Maslany

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hunger Games with a captivating new production, narrated by Tatiana Maslany. Her husky voice and skill in conveying nail-biting tension perfectly fit the story of teenagers who are senselessly sacrificed for media attention and political gain. Her portrayals of the Capitol residents--from twittering host Effie Trinket to sleek stylist... Read More

IMPOSTERS

IMPOSTERS

by Scott Westerfeld | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Thérèse Plummer deftly narrates this continuation of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. The story focuses on Frey, the secret twin who was born minutes too late to be royalty. Instead of language lessons and fancy parties, she is a body double used for target practice to protect her sister. Frey's life is upside down. She dispatches every mortal threat without thinking, but when... Read More

IN ANOTHER TIME

IN ANOTHER TIME

by Caroline Leech | Read by Eilidh Beaton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

With her lilting accents, Eilidh Beaton transports the listener to another place and time. In the Scottish Highlands during WWII, Maisie has left home to become a "lumberjill" with the Women's Timber Corps. It's here that she meets John, a Canadian with secrets and hidden emotional pain. Beaton gives this young adult novel a soothing tone, adding heightened emotions when... Read More

JUST MERCY [ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS]

JUST MERCY [ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS] A True Story of the Fight for Justice

by Bryan A. Stevenson | Read by Bryan A. Stevenson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bryan Stevenson's critically acclaimed book has moved college students and adults around the country. Now the YA audio adaptation can reach teen audiences. As narrator, Stevenson's voice is gentle, but his powerful words and evocative stories makes it perfect for family listening and discussion. The memoir begins with his life-changing experience as a newly graduated Harvard... Read More

A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES

A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES

by Atia Abawi | Read by Leila Buck

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Leila Buck narrates this haunting tale of Tareq, a teenage boy who is trying to escape the political turmoil in Syria. In Europe he hopes to find a better life for his family. The omniscient narration is provided by none other than Destiny, and Buck speaks with the regal cadence one would expect of such a lofty narrator. Destiny occasionally interjects philosophical musings on... Read More

LEARNING TO BREATHE

LEARNING TO BREATHE

by Janice Lynn Mather | Read by Chrystal Bethell

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Chrystal Bethell's youthful voice and light Caribbean accent set the tone for this contemporary story of teenage Indira, who tries to overcome the burdens of poverty and a broken family. When Indy's grandmother sends her to Nassau to finish school, she thought she was providing the girl with shelter and opportunity. Instead, Indy faces disdain from her aunt and worse... Read More

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

by Claire Kann | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Adenrele Ojo's narration has a natural buoyancy that transforms the ups and downs of 19-year-old Alice's dating life into a lively audio performance. Alice fully embraces--though she occasionally struggles with--her asexuality, and she isn't prepared when coming out as "ace" causes her girlfriend to split. So for Alice, this summer is all about her best friends and... Read More

THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS

THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS

Earphones Award Winner

by Laura E. Weymouth | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Moira Quirk

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Moira Quirk skillfully deliver the story of two sisters. Evelyn is lost between two worlds: the magical Woodlands, where her heart feels truly at home, and post-WWII England, where her family remains. Older sister Philippa does what she must to find a place again in their current world. With distinct voices and accents for each of the characters,... Read More

LIGHT MAGE

LIGHT MAGE The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1.5

by Laurie Forest | Read by Amy McFadden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amy McFadden leads listeners on a colorful journey to the magical world of Erthia in this exciting prequel to THE BLACK WITCH. The mysterious and powerful White Wand was carried by Sagellyn Gaffney, before she gave it to Elloren Gardner. Now, this title deepens the series, introducing us to Sage, the dutiful daughter of a strict family, and her complex story.... Read More

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

by Kasie West | Read by Nora Hunter

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

This familiar high school romance narrated by Nora Hunter will capture a wide audience. Quiet high schooler Kate has friends and a crush on fellow student Diego. After she joins her school's podcasting club, to her surprise, she is selected to become the host and is a perfect fit for the role. She interacts attentively with her listeners and thoughtfully answers call-ins.... Read More

MARTIN RISING

MARTIN RISING Requiem for a King

by Andrea Davis Pinkney | Read by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Andrea Davis Pinkney's passionate performance of her "docu-poems" tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, final months in three parts. The Memphis sanitation workers' strike serves as the backdrop as Dr. King prepares to provide them badly needed leadership. The verses, as indicated in the author's note, may also be performed as a play, and Pinkney makes the most of... Read More

MIRAGE

MIRAGE

by Somaiya Daud | Read by Rasha Zamamiri

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Prepare to be transported to a whole new world by this powerful, captivating YA audiobook. Narrator Rasha Zamamiri weaves family, politics, romance, and science fiction into a beautifully delivered story of adventure and intrigue. Eighteen-year-old Amani dreams of a world that is no longer under the rule of the brutal and powerful Vathek empire. The story begins as Amani is... Read More

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES

Earphones Award Winner

by Laini Taylor | Read by Steve West

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The always impressive Steve West does some of his finest work narrating the cast of dozens in Laini Taylor's epic fantasy conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology. West's powerful tone captures main characters Lazlo's and Sarai's emotions and skillfully manages the many important secondary characters, giving them each distinct and easy-to-follow vocal tags. So much happens... Read More

MY REAL NAME IS HANNA

MY REAL NAME IS HANNA

by Tara Lynn Masih | Read by Suzanne Toren

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Suzanne Toren ably narrates this coming-of-age story of courage, survival, and hope inspired by real Holocaust events. Hannah Slivka is a teen living in the small town of Kwasova, in the Soviet-occupied Ukraine. When Hitler's army marches across the border, Hannah's family and other Jewish folks are imperiled. When the Gestapo orders that their lands be "free of Jews," Hannah's... Read More

NIGHT FLIGHTS

NIGHT FLIGHTS A Mortal Engines Collection

by Philip Reeve | Read by Barnaby Edwards

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Barnaby Edwards gives an exhilarating narration of three stories set before the events of Reeve's MORTAL ENGINES. In a future world where cities and towns are mobile, giant predator cities like London roam across the landscape, hunting and consuming smaller ones. In these stories, we learn about the origins of mysterious aviatrix Anna Fang. As Anna travels, Edwards gives the... Read More

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

by Amy Reed | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebekkah Ross sets the stage for an Oregon town to be turned upside down in this compelling audiobook. Voicing the three main characters, Erin Delillo, Grace Salter, and Rosina Suarez, Ross seamlessly switches between personas as the girls seek vengeance after the rape of a fellow classmate. Ross presents Erin, a misinterpreted girl who is on the autism spectrum, in an... Read More

ODD ONE OUT

ODD ONE OUT

by Nic Stone | Read by Dion Graham, Kim Mai Guest, Nic Stone

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Dion Graham's portrayal of Courtney "Coop" Cooper pulls listeners into this portrayal of three teens and their complicated relationship dynamics. Coop, who is straight and cisgender, longs for something more with his best friend, Jupe, but Jupe, a lesbian, is oblivious. Their relationship changes when Rae Chin appears and seems to like both of them. Graham excels at... Read More

THE ODDLING PRINCE

THE ODDLING PRINCE

by Nancy Springer | Read by Samuel Roukin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Samuel Roukin narrates Springer's new stand-alone fantasy with a measured cadence that suits novel's epic tradition. When a mysterious and magical stranger appears to save Calidon's dying king, the noble young prince discovers he has a half-fae brother. Roukin's voice suits the kind and honorable Prince Aric, never wavering even as the king begins to devolve into an angry... Read More

THE PERFECT SECRET

THE PERFECT SECRET The Perfect Score, Book 2

by Rob Buyea | Read by Ozzie Rodriguez, Caitlin Davies, Robbie Daymond, Todd Haberkorn, Abigail Revasch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

All five narrators from THE PERFECT SCORE return in this sequel, which is sure to engage fans of the first audiobook. Randi, Scott, Trevor, Natalie, and Gavin are starting a new school year with new plans and hopes for seventh grade. But complications arise as the boys keep secrets about the bullies on the football team, Randi secretly communicates with her newfound... Read More

PRIDE

PRIDE

by Ibi Zoboi | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Elizabeth Acevedo's bold vocals and lyrical style take this contemporary retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE to amazing heights. For years Zuri Benitez and her four sisters have been watching their tight-knit Bushwick neighborhood succumb to gentrification. When Darius Darcy and his wealthy family move in across the street, Zuri and Darius make snap judgments about each... Read More

RULE

RULE

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

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This YA fantasy filled with political intrigue and deception. It follows the perspectives of three young women who are forced to vie for the throne, each represented by her own narrator. Lisa Flanagan, Bahni Turpin, and Soneela Nankani all have rich, soothing voices, which infuse the characters with the level of maturity needed to match the harsher themes of the story. The... Read More

THE RULE OF ONE

THE RULE OF ONE The Rule of One, Book 1

by Ashley Saunders, Leslie Saunders | Read by Karissa Vacker

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Karissa Vacker pulls double duty as she delivers the first- person accounts of twins in a drought-ravaged postapocalyptic America. The solution to overpopulation and starvation is to institute the draconian "rule of one," which prohibits anyone in the United States from having more than one child. At times in her narration, Vacker gasps, screams, and sobs, fully... Read More

SADIE

SADIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Courtney Summers | Read by Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman and a Full Cast

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Courtney Summers's powerful story of love, neglect, abuse, and revenge is narrated with irresistible urgency by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner, along with an ensemble of supporting narrators. The daughter of a drug-addicted mother, Sadie was left to care for herself and her younger sister, Mattie. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie sets out to identify the killer. Summers's writing... Read More

SHADOW OF THE FOX

SHADOW OF THE FOX Shadow of the Fox, Book 1

by Julie Kagawa | Read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishli, Emily Woo Zeller

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This YA fantasy celebrates Japanese folklore and the legend of the Kitsune. Subtle cultural influences abound in the descriptions, but what really brings the atmosphere to life are the slightly accented performances of narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Brian Nishii. While Joy Osmanski's portrayal of main character Yumeko is sweet and earnest, making her more relatable, her... Read More

SOMEDAY

SOMEDAY Every Day, Book 3

by David Levithan | Read by Alex McKenna, Kathleen McInerney, Mark Bramhall, Tara Sands, Will Ropp, Will Damron, Robbie Daymond, Fred Sanders, Lorna Raver, Colleen Marlo, Vikas Adam, Tim Heller

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this thoughtful sequel to EVERY DAY and ANOTHER DAY, narrators Alex McKenna and Kathleen McInerney reprise their roles as "A," a body-hopping "traveler," and Rhiannon, the girl "A" loves. Both ably portray the frustration and sincerity of the star-crossed couple, with McKenna's raspy tones flexing to accommodate the diverse experiences of "A's" body hosts, including a... Read More

SUMMER BIRD BLUE

SUMMER BIRD BLUE

by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Read by Em Eldridge

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Em Eldridge's narration adds emotion to the story of Rumi Seto, who lost everything when her younger sister, who was also her best friend and song-writing partner, died in a car accident. Rumi's mother sends her to live with her aunt in Hawaii, leaving Rumi to grieve on her own, aching for her sister with only her aunt and the boys next door to help her explore her feelings.... Read More

SWING

SWING

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess | Read by Kwame Alexander

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

With a poet's passion, Kwame Alexander narrates his novel-in-verse about high school friends Noah and Walt. Alexander's strong connection to his characters shines in his enthusiastic delivery and clear distinctions between the boys' personalities. Noah, cautious and reserved, pines for a girl who sees him only as a pal; Walt, vibrant with jazz running through his veins, wants... Read More

THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY

THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY

by Kheryn Callender | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ron Butler takes us into the mind of 16-year-old Nate Bird. Nate's still hung up on Florence, his best friend and former girlfriend. When his childhood friend Oliver James moves back to the neighborhood, Nate's feelings become even more confused. Ollie, who is deaf, communicates with Nate through a combination of speech/lip reading, sign language, and typing on their... Read More

UNDOCUMENTED

UNDOCUMENTED A Worker's Fight

by Duncan Tonatiuh | Read by Tim Andrés Pabon

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tim Andrés Pabon narrates this realistic fictional account of Juan, an undocumented worker. Pabon delivers this first-person narrative in a conversational tone, his accented English suggesting Juan's Mixteco background. With an earnest and eager voice, Juan seeks employment to help his family. In the background, listeners hear the sounds of dishwashers, food deliverers, and... Read More

A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA

A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA

by Tahereh Mafi | Read by Priya Ayyar

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Priya Ayyar perfectly crafts the voice of high school student Shirin. As Shirin starts over once again at a new high school, she faces prejudice from her classmates and even her teachers because she is Muslim. When she falls for one of her classmates, Ocean, who is the school's star basketball player, the teasing and bullying intensify. Listeners will feel they have a... Read More

THE WAR OUTSIDE

THE WAR OUTSIDE

by Monica Hesse | Read by Allison Hiroto, Christie Moreau, Monica Hesse [Note]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Allison Hiroto and Christie Moreau bring pathos to their portrayals of Margot and Toshiko. This novel is an account of two girls who meet in Crystal City, Texas, an internment camp for families suspected of collusion with the Japanese in 1944. Hiroto and Moreau project the emotions of the girls as they form a friendship that transcends the feelings of the adults in... Read More

WHAT IF IT'S US

WHAT IF IT'S US

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera | Read by Noah Galvin, Froy Gutierrez

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Collaboration works in the writing and narration of the alternating viewpoints of this story. Noah Galvin portrays Arthur, a bright Jewish teen who has recently come out but has never had a relationship. For him, a chance and momentary encounter with Ben at the post office seems fated--as if the universe has thrown them together--but neither of them knows the identity of the... Read More

WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY

WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY

by Nancy Richardson Fischer | Read by Caitlin Davies

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Davies gives a mature, realistic voice to T. Lily Decker, a high school senior who is working as an intern for the local newspaper. Lily balances emotion and objectivity when a mother elephant's rejection of her baby brings Lily's own past with her mentally ill mother to the surface. Davies speaks with a strong, staccato voice as Lily fights for the baby... Read More

YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE

YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE

by Arin Greenwood | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dog Island is a preserve for the only remaining dogs on the planet, and the residents of the island serve as product-testing families for new lines of robot dogs from Mechanical Tail. Narrator Sandy Rustin's youthful, matter-of-fact tone embodies the harsh realities of Nano Miller's life and the hope she clings to for a better world. Rustin's pacing gradually increases... Read More

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