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AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

by Randy Ribay | Read by JB Adkins, Ramon de Ocampo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

JB Adkins and Ramon de Ocampo share the narration of this dual-perspective story of two friends who are headed in very different directions. Bunny is a basketball star who left his local school's team for his shot at a brighter future. Nasir is unmoored without Bunny, drifting into the orbit of his troubled cousin, Wallace. When Wallace starts gambling on the outcome of Bunny's... Read More

ASH PRINCESS

ASH PRINCESS Ash Princess Trilogy, Book 1

by Laura Sebastian | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this epic fantasy of conquest and revenge with just the right sense of grandeur. Theodosia, princess of Astrea, has been a captive since the Kalovaxians overran her country and murdered her mother. Though she appears broken and submissive, Theo is on the lookout for an opportunity to strike back. Maarleveld does a masterful job with Theo, who is by... Read More

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski | Read by Emily Lawrence

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Lawrence delivers this slow burn teen romance in a cool tone. Quinn is hiding out for the summer on the Jersey Shore with her aunt following a senior-year relationship disaster. Working on her life plan hasn't progressed beyond turning her marching band skills into rock drummer dreams. She meets a troubled singer named Malcolm, and they bond over guilt and loss... Read More

THE BIRD AND THE BLADE

THE BIRD AND THE BLADE

by Megan Bannen | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller narrates the story of Jinghua, a slave in the Mongol Empire, and Khalaf, the young prince with whom she finds friendship and falls in love. Set in the late thirteenth century, this young adult adaptation of Puccini's TURANDOT is full of heartbreaking realities of a war-torn region that reflect today's world conflicts. Despite beautifully spoken foreign words... Read More

DAMSELFLY

DAMSELFLY

by Chandra Prasad | Read by Soneela Nankani

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

When a plane carrying the students of Drake Rosemont Preparatory Academy crashes on a remote island in the Pacific, teen Samantha and her classmates must work together to survive. Narrator Soneela Nankani's dramatic tone will keep listeners on edge as Samantha navigates the evolving social dynamics as the students try to establish order out of chaos. Nankani uses distinct... Read More

DARE YOU TO LIE

DARE YOU TO LIE

by Amber Lynn Natusch | Read by Vanessa Moyen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The kickoff to the Hometown Antihero series will appeal to fans of the TV series "Veronica Mars." Ky Danners, a petite, fierce blonde, is daughter of a former FBI agent who is now in prison. Narrator Vanessa Moyen is perfectly in tune with Ky's fast-paced, sarcastic tone. Ky is on a dual mission to get to the truth behind the sex photo scandal that forced her to leave town and... Read More

DEVILS UNTO DUST

DEVILS UNTO DUST

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Berquist | Read by Devon Sorvari

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Guitar chords reverberate as Berquist's gritty postapocalyptic Western opens. An infectious disease ravages post-Civil War Texas, transforming people into ravenous corpses known as shakes and cutting off train access and Northern aid. Narrator Devon Sorvari captures Daisy "Willie" Wilcox's slight drawl and pragmatic tone as she sustains her close-knit siblings in a fortified... Read More

THE DISENCHANTMENTS

THE DISENCHANTMENTS

by Nina LaCour | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Newly graduated, Colby is excited about his future, beginning with a summer tour with his best friend Bev's girl band, The Disenchantments. After that, he and Bev will wander around Europe together. Robbie Daymond's low-key narration reflects Colby's difficulty containing his romantic feelings for Bev. His muted tone changes, however, when brooding Bev announces she won't be... Read More

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

by Nina LaCour | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

High school graduate Emi is recovering from being dumped by Morgan. Again. Narrator Jorjeana Marie voices Emi's frustration and sadness as she flounders at love and at her second obsession--finding pieces that complete a set she's designing--which she uses to find consolation. Her passion for everything Hollywood is consuming, both for her and for listeners, whom Marie... Read More

THE FANDOM

THE FANDOM

by Anna Day | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Fiona Hardingham expertly crafts the voice of young Violet, who falls into her favorite book, THE GALLOWS DANCE, at a Comic-Con event, along with some close friends. As the story unfolds, Violet must become the protagonist and follow the plot of the story in order to return to reality. The only problem for Violet is that the story concludes with her hanging at the... Read More

FINAL SIX

FINAL SIX

by Alexandra Monir | Read by Alexandra Monir, James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Alexandra Monir and James Fouhey create a high-stakes atmosphere with the pace of their delivery. In increasingly urgent tones, they recount a postapocalyptic story of 24 teens who are competing for the opportunity to colonize one of Jupiter's moons. Author Monir portrays Naomi in a surprisingly professional performance. On par with seasoned YA narrators, she adds a... Read More

FINDING YVONNE

FINDING YVONNE

Earphones Award Winner

by Brandy Colbert | Read by Maya Barton

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The youthful glow of narrator Maya Burton's performance brings a generous amount of authenticity to the voice of teenaged Yvonne, a violinist who has lost her passion for music. Burton tones down the warmth and enthusiasm in her voice as Yvonne struggles to overcome her ennui, until she finds inspiration through Omar, a bohemian street musician. Burton immediately hooks into... Read More

THE FRAGILE ORDINARY

THE FRAGILE ORDINARY

by Samantha Young | Read by Elle Newlands

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Elle Newlands narrates this engaging story of young love and the pains of growing up in a small Scottish suburb. Despite her attention-grabbing name, Comet Caldwell has always been shy and introverted. She is completely overwhelmed by her feelings for the new American boy in school, Tobias. It's even worse that he hangs out with the local bad boys. Newlands's sensitive... Read More

FRESH INK

FRESH INK An Anthology

Earphones Award Winner

by Lamar Giles [Ed.] | Read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, Bahni Turpin, Dion Graham, Ron Butler, Bahni Turpin, et al.

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The full cast that presents this anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, does a remarkable job of bringing to life stories by some of today's best-known Young Adult authors. These slice-of-life pieces provide not only mirrors but also windows on issues of race, sexuality, and urban life. Listeners will be intrigued by Gene Luen Yang's comic... Read More

GALAXY GIRLS

GALAXY GIRLS 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space

by Libby Jackson | Read by Michelle Ford

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this audiobook, British physicist and engineer Libby Jackson introduces listeners to 50 women who have been involved in space travel--from astronauts to the team of weavers who created a prototype for digital memory during the Apollo missions. Narrator Michelle Ford's crisp British accent is appropriate for Jackson's introduction but does not serve the rest of the audiobook... Read More

THE GIRL I USED TO BE

THE GIRL I USED TO BE

by April Henry | Read by Amy McFadden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amy McFadden makes listeners shiver from the very start of this eerie exploration of a family murder. She captures the angst of teenage girls, particularly Olivia, whose mother is murdered when she is in high school. McFadden's voice is spooky, an effect of her slightly raspy timbre. The danger is palpable from the graduation party, with its underage drinking, to the... Read More

GIVE ME SOME TRUTH

GIVE ME SOME TRUTH

by Eric Gansworth | Read by Eric Gansworth, Brittany LeBorgne

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

In alternate chapters, Eric Gansworth and Brittany LeBorgne narrate from the perspectives of two teens living on the Tuscarora reservation. Carson is a confident high school senior who wants to win Battle of the Bands and live out his dreams in the city. The author delivers his chapters in a gravelly voice with a lot of heart. LeBorgne's clear and emphatic narration makes us... Read More

GRACE AND FURY

GRACE AND FURY

by Tracy Banghart | Read by Megan Tusing, Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Megan Tusing and Sarah Mollo-Christensen share the narration of this series opener about two sisters living in Viridia, a country that places harsh limitations on women's freedom. Tusing's delivery emphasizes the youthful naïveté of rebellious younger sister Nomi, who is dangerously out of her depth after Viridia's powerful heir chooses her to become one of his beautiful,... Read More

THE HANDSOME GIRL AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOY

THE HANDSOME GIRL AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOY

by B.T. Gottfred | Read by Alex McKenna, Maxwell Glick, B.T. Gottfred [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In alternating points of view, Zee and Art brandish big personalities in a novel that shatters barriers between friendship and romance, gender presentation and sexual orientation. Narrator Alex McKenna's raspy, moody performance communicates that Zee is more than an average tomboy. Narrator Maxwell Glick portrays Art with a predilection for drama that will annoy some listeners,... Read More

HEART OF IRON

HEART OF IRON

by Ashley Poston | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Adenrele Ojo juggles romance, angst, and danger in a science fiction novel inspired by the story of Anastasia Romanov. As a child, Ana was found floating in space wreckage, all alone except for a robot companion, known as a Metal, called D09. She now lives with the crew that saved her. When D09 starts to malfunction, she endangers the entire crew in a bid to recover... Read More

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

by Michael Belanger | Read by Michael Crouch

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch ably meets the challenge of portraying a man named Ray in this complex psychological novel. Crouch masterfully guides the listener through Ray's memories and feelings, meandering between "the days before" and "the days after" a catastrophic event that changes his life forever. We're "on the couch" with Ray as he interweaves his memories of his slowly... Read More

I'M NOT MISSING

I'M NOT MISSING

by Carrie Fountain | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler navigates listeners through Miranda Black's unexpected senior year. Bonded by the disappearances of their mothers at a young age, Miranda and Syd have a friendship that is as constant as the red in the dirt of Las Cruces, New Mexico. But when Syd disappears and Miranda learns the truth about the embarrassing prom fiasco known as the "the Nick Allison... Read More

IN SIGHT OF STARS

IN SIGHT OF STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gae Polisner | Read by Michael Crouch

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Gae Polisner's realistic story about a teenager fighting mental illness is brought to life by narrator Michael Crouch. Klee (pronounced "Clay") wakes up to find himself in a mental health facility. Crouch takes listeners into Klee's journey, giving him a poignant, sometimes hesitant, voice during his sessions with Dr. Alvarez, his internal monologues, and his vivid memories. He... Read More

INK, IRON, AND GLASS

INK, IRON, AND GLASS

by Gwendolyn Clare | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Fortgang narrates a thrilling steampunk fantasy about magic inks, history, and science. Elsa lives in a fictitious world called Veldana. Along with other "scriptologists," she can literally write things into reality in a worldbook, a book that can alter the clockwork of any world. But when her home is attacked and her mother is abducted, Elsa travels to earth to... Read More

INVISIBLE GHOSTS

INVISIBLE GHOSTS

by Robyn Schneider | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Kelly's smooth transitions lend credibility to this audiobook, that tells a story that blends love and a ghost. Rose Asher is a junior who has believed in signs since the day her brother, Logan, died. The ghost of her brother is now her best friend--a relationship that is complicated by her feeling that she is responsible for his death. Kelly portrays Rose's... Read More

LAMENT

LAMENT The Faerie Queen's Deception

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Carly Robins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Carly Robins narrates the tale of Deirdre Monaghan, a teenage musical prodigy who learns she possesses other fantastical capabilities, such as telekinesis and the second sight (the ability to see faeries). When Deirdre and Luke, the assassin sent to kill her, fall in love, they must fight the fae queen in order to save Deirdre's loved ones--and each other. Robins delivers their... Read More

THE LIES THEY TELL

THE LIES THEY TELL

by Gillian French | Read by Caitlin Davies

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Davies becomes protagonist Pearl Haskins in this compelling audiobook. Set in a small Maine town, the story begins with a fire that kills most of the wealthy Garrison family. During the summer following the tragedy, "townie" Pearl is working at the local country club and trying to keep her father from spiraling into addiction. Town gossip places the blame for... Read More

LITTLE DO WE KNOW

LITTLE DO WE KNOW

by Tamara Ireland Stone | Read by Eevin Hartsough, Lori Gardner

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

A bitter argument has ruined the friendship between Hannah and Emory--now both are counting the days until the end of their senior year. Hannah led a strongly spiritual life until she learned that her father traded her college fund to hire a pricey music director at his Christian school. Narrator Eevin Hartsough registers the outrage Hannah feels for her father's financial... Read More

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren James | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lauren Ezzo's emotionally charged narration gets under the skin of Romy Silvers. The teenage daughter of astronauts, and the sole survivor on the Space Shuttle INFINITY, is traveling on a multi-decade mission to colonize Earth2. After her parents' deaths in space, her only contact with humanity is messages from NASA that have a two-year delay. When a newer, faster ship is sent... Read More

MARIAM SHARMA HITS THE ROAD

MARIAM SHARMA HITS THE ROAD

by Sheba Karim | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani narrates this weighty take on the classic road trip story. Mariam has just realized that her father's abandonment when she was 2 has left her with an intense fear of commitment. Nankani portrays her with an emotional resonance that is consistent with her introspective personality. Mariam's BFFs have distinct voices as well: Playful Ghaz sounds perpetually ready... Read More

MUNMUN

MUNMUN

by Jesse Andrews | Read by Andrew Eiden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Andrew Eiden is youthful and engaging as Warner, a poor but plucky teenager living in an alternate United States. Physical size and access to resources, jobs, and education are determined by the munmun (money) in one's bank account. Along with his sister, Prayer, and best friend, Usher, Warner ventures forth in search of money-making "scale-up" opportunities. The only... Read More

MY PLAIN JANE

MY PLAIN JANE Lady Janies, Book 2

by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fiona Hardingham's upbeat, animated narration is perfectly suited to this tongue-in-cheek retelling of JANE EYRE. With obvious affection for the source material, the authors turn the classic into a farcical adventure featuring not only Jane Eyre, but the Brontë siblings, the Duke of Wellington, and some very real ghosts. It's a clever update that offers more modern--if more... Read More

NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

by Aminah Mae Safi | Read by Priya Ayyar

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Priya Ayyar radiates the intensely emotional highs and lows of being young, reckless, and unstoppable--making her ideal to portray Iraqi-American Leila "Lulu" Saad. With her best friends in tow, LuLu conquers her high school social scene while trying not to cause trouble in her tightly knit, sometimes overbearing Iraqi-American community. Lulu is no stranger to drama,... Read More

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK Sidekick Squad, Book 1

by C.B. Lee | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller's dynamic narration draws listeners into this story of secret identities and learning to be your own hero. In a not-too-distant future, WWIII and related disasters triggered genetic mutations in some people. Now superheroes fight villains across the North American Collective. Jessica Tran may not have inherited superpowers from her parents, but she has just... Read More

NOT YOUR VILLAIN

NOT YOUR VILLAIN Sidekick Squad, Book 2

by C.B. Lee | Read by JD Jackson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

The adventure continues with the Sidekick Squad! In this chapter JD Jackson narrates from Bells Broussard's point of view. The story starts with trans shape-shifting Bells heading off to train with other future superheroes. This audiobook fills us in on his side of the story told in NOT YOUR SIDEKICK. Bells and friends soon find themselves labeled villains by the government for... Read More

NYXIA UNLEASHED

NYXIA UNLEASHED The Nyxia Triad, Book 2

by Scott Reintgen | Read by Sullivan Jones, Carol Monda, Alex Romashov

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

The continuation of this sci-fi series features a space crew of teens who now land on the planet Eden. Narrator Sullivan Jones once again delivers Emmett Atwater's narrative. The poor African-American teen from Detroit fights fiercely to defeat strange beasts and also to shift from solo survival to "shoulder-to-shoulder" collaboration with the other teens. Jones's diverse... Read More

ONYX & IVORY

ONYX & IVORY Onyx & Ivory, Book 1

by Mindee Arnett | Read by Khristine Hvam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Khristine Hvam alternates between the two lead characters in this story with a consistently intense tone. Kate lives a hard life as a Relay rider in the land of Rime. She must hide her wilder magic or face execution as her father did several years ago for attempting to assassinate the king. When she crosses paths with Prince Corwin, a forgotten love interest from the... Read More

THE RUINOUS SWEEP

THE RUINOUS SWEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Wynne-Jones | Read by Tim Wynne-Jones

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author/narrator Tim Wynne-Jones's story begins with Bee's presence at her boyfriend Donovan's hospital bed in the ICU. She finds herself alternating between fury and horror that she seems to be the only one who refuses to believe he tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a car after murdering his father. She needs to find out what really happened. Wynne-Jones's... Read More

RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

by Jess Butterworth | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Soneela Nankani provides just the right level of dramatic tension as the voice of Butterworth's young protagonist, Tash. In doing so, she propels this audiobook into a uniquely immersive experience. Living in Tibet and India, young Tash and her family are Buddhists who must keep in line with the occupying Chinese. Two words are forbidden: "Dalai Lama." Tash and her... Read More

SEA WITCH

SEA WITCH

by Sarah Henning | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Billie Fulford-Brown uses perfect pacing to tell the dramatic tale of Evie, best friend of Prince Niklas, heir to the throne of Havnestad. When a young mermaid mysteriously arrives on the scene and must win the prince's love in order to remain in human form, Evie steps in to help her. As the story progresses, Fulford-Brown creates a high-pitched voice for the young... Read More

SEAFIRE

SEAFIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Natalie C. Parker | Read by Rebecca Soler

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rebecca Soler narrates with a driving force that captures the tone of the first in a female pirate series. Caledonia Styx is the daughter of a fierce pirate mother who demands that Caledonia become tough to protect herself against a ruthless warlord and his savage army. In a fiery encounter, Caledonia is critically wounded and her family slaughtered. Saved by her best friend,... Read More

THE STARS AT OKTOBER BEND

THE STARS AT OKTOBER BEND

Earphones Award Winner

by Glenda Millard | Read by Candice Moll, Ron Butler

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alice, who has a broken brain and an artistic soul, and Manny, who lived unimaginable horrors in his war-torn homeland, are teenagers on the outside of their community. Somehow they find each other, and along the way they find themselves. Beautifully narrated by Candice Moll and Ron Butler, this audiobook leaves the listener cheering for the unlikely couple. Moll's narration... Read More

SUNSHINE IS FOREVER

SUNSHINE IS FOREVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Kyle T. Cowan | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Cowan's realistic, ultimately hopeful story of teenage mental illness is brought to life by narrator Kirby Heyborne. As the voice of 16-year-old Hunter, a camper at Camp Sunshine, Heyborne expresses pain, desperation, and self-loathing. Expertly letting us into Hunter's head, Heyborne interweaves descriptions of life at camp with an account of the events that got Hunter there.... Read More

A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman [Eds.] | Read by Kim Mai Guest, Vikas Adam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This audio folktale collection is not one of damsels in distress or princes to the rescue. Whether set in countries of ancient Asia, in present-day America, or straddling the two, these stories retain elements of traditional Asian folktales but feature self-determining characters. "The Land of the Morning Calm" is a particularly noteworthy mix of past and present. The narrator... Read More

WE'LL FLY AWAY

WE'LL FLY AWAY

by Bryan Bliss | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator James Fouhey delivers a playful yet somber narration of this poignant story. Best friends Luke and Toby struggle with abuse, poverty, and the criminal justice system in their North Carolina town. Then, during their senior year, their friendship falls apart. The story switches from Toby's point of view to Luke's once Luke begins writing pensive letters to Toby from... Read More

WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND

WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND

Earphones Award Winner

by Alison McGhee | Read by Michael Crouch

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

One hundred chapters of 100 words each. The central structure of Alison McGhee's book may be lost on listeners, but it is compensated for by Michael Crouch's honest, gentle rendering of 16-year-old Will, who is trying to make sense of his father's suicide. Will spends his free time attempting to replicate his father's "famous" cornbread and walking around town. On his walks he... Read More

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

by Julia Walton | Read by Christopher Gebauer, Robert Fass, Julia Walton [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christopher Gebauer delivers an engaging performance as a teen named Adam. Recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, Adam struggles with the condition, the side effects of the drug trial in which he is participating, and starting at a new school where no one knows of his past. Gebauer's unique vocalizations capture the different personalities of the characters--both real... Read More

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