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BLOOD LIKE FATE

BLOOD LIKE FATE Blood Like Magic, Book 2

by Liselle Sambury | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings listeners back to futuristic Toronto in this tense yet satisfying conclusion to the Blood Like Magic duology. Teenager Voya is thrust into the role of family matriarch, and everyone, including her, questions her decisions. Her cousin hates her, she still has feelings for Luc, and the family business is in danger. After seeing a bleak vision of the... Read More

BOYS I KNOW

BOYS I KNOW

by Anna Gracia | Read by Si Chen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Si Chen portrays June Chu, a Taiwanese-American teen living in the Midwest. Chen easily slips into the accents and perspective of June's critical mother, who continually quotes Chinese proverbs. All this makes it easy to understand the constantly demeaned June's new determination. She will prove that she can stop her endless studying and violin practicing, stop comparing... Read More

THE CHARMED LIST

THE CHARMED LIST

by Julie Abe | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A little magic and a road trip reunite ex-best friends, whose quick banter and chemistry is performed by the highly skilled Natalie Naudus. Ellie and Jack belong to Palo Alto's magic-aware community. After a mishap they're forced to embark on a road trip together. Ellie's perception of Jack is deeply rooted in their shared childhood memories; Naudus brings lightness to those... Read More

THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

by Edward van de Vendel, Emma Rault [Trans.] | Read by Tom Picasso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this slow-burn romance, narrator Tom Picasso imbues the Dutch protagonist, Tycho, with the reserved, cautious tone of a young adult who is struggling with his identity. Hoping to find direction in his life, Tycho comes to the U.S. to become a counselor at an international camp in Tennessee, where he meets Oliver, a young Norwegian with a deep but soft voice that belies... Read More

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross, Bill Konigsberg [Note]

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Pete Cross portrays two gay teenagers who are coming of age in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic in this moving, messy, and deeply personal story. Micah is a closeted teen who is desperate for gay friends and experiences; C.J. is a charismatic dancer with a penchant for telling elaborate lies. Cross voices C.J. in a suave, self-assured tone, which he lowers and... Read More

EACH NIGHT WAS ILLUMINATED

EACH NIGHT WAS ILLUMINATED

by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Read by Reba Buhr

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Reba Buhr delivers the first-person narrative of 17-year-old Cassie Blake, a lonely teen whose spirit has been weighed down since her mother's desertion. She sees herself as the caretaker of her family and has become an insomniac. Buhr voices the heaviness of this overly responsible middle child whose sense of belief amid the fervor of her religious small town is waning, even... Read More

EVER ALICE

EVER ALICE

Earphones Award Winner

by H.J. Ramsay | Read by Caroline Holmes

Red Rogue Press | Unabridged
Young Adult

Caroline Holmes skillfully narrates the story of 15-year-old Alice, whose stories about her adventures in Wonderland cause her family to believe she's mentally unstable. She escapes from an asylum, where doctors wanted to perform a radical, new procedure to cure her. After traveling back to Wonderland, she is drawn into a plot against the cruel, delusional Queen of Hearts.... Read More

GREYWAREN

GREYWAREN The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 3

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Will Patton's insistent rasp propels listeners through the explosive conclusion to the Dreamer Trilogy. With the magic that powers dreams having been shut down at the end of Book 2, the characters now strive to build their lives without it. Those who have been dreamed into reality--several among the sprawling cast--simply sleep unless they are near a "sweetmetal," a... Read More

HELL FOLLOWED WITH US

HELL FOLLOWED WITH US

by Andrew Joseph White | Read by Shaan Dasani, Graham Halstead, Avi Roque

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators deliver a chilling apocalyptic story. Narrator Shaan Dasani introduces Benji, whose father has just been killed. Now an evangelical cult is out to get Benji because he's transgender. Dasani's narration gradually reveals how Benji has been set up to destroy the world. Instead, he wants to destroy the cult. Short, interspersed sections feature Graham Halstead and... Read More

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

by Dahlia Adler | Read by Natalie Naudus, Lori Prince

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Natalie Naudus and Lori Prince give this quarterback/cheerleader romance a sizzling fresh take. Prince voices cocky Jack, a new girl and the first girl on the Atherton football team, who is replacing the beloved former quarterback who recently died. Naudus is the smoky voice of Amber, a cheerleader whose laser focus on becoming captain her senior year is threatened by... Read More

THE HONEYS

THE HONEYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Ryan La Sala | Read by Pete Cross

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Pete Cross delivers a compelling performance of this supernatural thriller filled with secrets and emotional twists and turns. Cross nails the emotions experienced in the opening sequence: the anguish felt by zombie Caroline and the terror felt by her gender-fluid twin brother, Mars, as she attempts to murder him. The building tensions Mars feels as boys bully him at... Read More

HUMAN TORPEDO

HUMAN TORPEDO Lockie Leonard, Book 1

by Tim Winton | Read by Orlando Schwerdt

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Orlando Schwerdt's portrayal of 12-year-old surf rat Lockie Leonard will leave listeners stoked for more in this coming-of-age story. The new kid in a remote Australian town, Lockie is smitten with the most popular girl in school. He can't believe his luck when she reciprocates his feelings and they start the first surf club. With superb pacing and expressiveness, Schwerdt... Read More

KINGS OF B'MORE

KINGS OF B'MORE

by R. Eric Thomas | Read by Torian Brackett

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Torian Brackett's joyful, ebullient narration sets the tone for this YA novel. Queer, Black besties Harrison and Linus have been each other's family for years. When Linus announces that he's moving away from Baltimore, Harrison decides what they need to cement their friendship is one perfect day in the city. What follows is a heartfelt, hilarious, and moving exploration of... Read More

MAN O' WAR

MAN O' WAR

by Cory McCarthy | Read by E.R. Fightmaster

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

E.R. Fightmaster's performance is the perfect example of the unique magic that happens when a great narrator is paired with the perfect book. In this young adult novel of a nonbinary athlete's coming of age, River McIntyre spends every spare moment practicing for the swim team to escape their internal struggle with gender identity. But when River falls in love with another... Read More

MASTER OF IRON

MASTER OF IRON Bladesmith, Book 2

by Tricia Levenseller | Read by Emily Ellet

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Ellet delivers a warm and gentle performance of the conclusion to the Bladesmith duology. Desperate to save her sister's life, Ziva rescues a magical healer at a huge cost. Ziva's ability to create magical weapons of awesome and terrible destruction sees her captured by a prince bent on world domination who will harm her loved ones unless she works for him. Ellet's... Read More

MURDER FOR THE MODERN GIRL

MURDER FOR THE MODERN GIRL

by Kendall Kulper | Read by Max Meyers, Valerie Rose Lohman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Valerie Rose Lohman and Max Meyers make a dynamic narration team as they portray two curiously gifted young people in 1920s Chicago. Lohman's portrayal of 18-year-old Ruby Newhouse is bright, confident, and lively. She appears to be a cheerful flapper, but she's also a mind reader who uses her ability to rid the world of corrupt men. In alternate chapters, Meyers portrays... Read More

MY NAME IS JASON. MINE TOO.

MY NAME IS JASON. MINE TOO. Our Story. Our Way.

by Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin | Read by Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Reynolds and artist Griffin shine as they co-narrate this poetic memoir, which riffs on friendship, courage, self-expression, and coming of age. In the early 2000s, the roommates set off for Brooklyn to pursue their creative dreams. There, they struggled to balance family concerns and self-doubt with the desire to be recognized and make a difference. As the pair look... Read More

OUR CROOKED HEARTS

OUR CROOKED HEARTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Melissa Albert | Read by Chloe Cannon, Emma Galvin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Chloe Cannon and Emma Galvin share the narration of this urban fantasy about a mother, a daughter, and a dark, magical secret. Seventeen-year-old Ivy, who lives in "the suburbs, right now," is portrayed by Galvin in a tone of brash naïveté as she recounts the extraordinary events of the summer when a naked girl appeared in the woods, upending everything she thought she knew... Read More

OUT OF THE BLUE

OUT OF THE BLUE

by Jason June | Read by André Santana, Neo Cihi

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

André Santana and Neo Cihi narrate this dual-perspective queer fantasy romance. Crest is a "mer" who is heading off on their month-long journey. The purpose is to experience life as a human before deciding whether to remain on land or return to the sea to begin adulthood as a mer. When they arrive on land, in a human body with a new human name, Crest meets a human lifeguard... Read More

SELF-MADE BOYS

SELF-MADE BOYS A Great Gatsby Remix

by Anna-Marie McLemore | Read by Avi Roque, Kyla Garcia

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Avi Roque is the primary narrator of this GREAT GATSBY remix. Nicolás, a transgender Latino boy, moves to New York to start his career. His cousin, Daisy, arranges his rental, which is next to the home of the infamous Jay Gatsby, also transgender, who is known for his dazzling parties. Roque's vocal versatility integrates several accents and genders, along with occasional... Read More

THE SILENCE THAT BINDS US

THE SILENCE THAT BINDS US

by Joanna Ho | Read by Raechel Wong

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Raechel Wong embodies the character of May Chen, a 16-year-old Chinese-American girl. After losing her smart, successful older brother to suicide, May and her family must endure racist stereotypes that accuse Asians of pushing their children too hard to succeed. Wong chooses not to create a unique voice for each character, but that choice in no way detracts from the... Read More

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

by XiXi Tian | Read by Katharine Chin, Cindy Kay

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Katharine Chin and Cindy Kay's narrations bear witness to the experiences of two biracial Chinese-American sisters. Chin narrates the chapters from 17-year-old Annalie's point of view. She captures Annalie's sassy humor and playful spirit as her years-long crush is finally getting a response. But everything changes with her discovery of a racial slur spray-painted on her... Read More

THIS VICIOUS GRACE

THIS VICIOUS GRACE The Last Finestra, Book 1

by Emily Thiede | Read by Carlotta Brentan, Michael Gallagher

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Carlotta Brentan and Michael Gallagher narrate an addictive dark fantasy in which a young woman attempts to prevent her beloved island from being destroyed by demonic forces. Alessa serves as the Finestra, or magical amplifier, on the island of Saverio. When she's united with her counterpart, the Fonte, she will be instrumental in preventing an attack by a decimating swarm of... Read More

UNDER THE HEAVENS

UNDER THE HEAVENS

by Ruth Fox | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

CamCat | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller narrates this first installment of the Ark Trilogy. In 2078, Hannah is on a spaceship, seeking to preserve some of the last whales on Earth by taking them to a new planet. Through social media, the 17-year-old is collecting followers as she chronicles the voyage. Zeller creates an interesting dynamic between Hannah and the computer AI who keeps her on task in... Read More

VALIANT LADIES

VALIANT LADIES

by Melissa Grey | Read by Frankie Corzo, Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Almarie Guerra and Frankie Corzo deliver this dual- perspective audiobook inspired by Latinx teenagers from the seventeenth century. With poise and precision, Guerra voices Kiki. Freshly engaged to the son of a powerful family, she has a bright future ahead. Former street kid Ana, who is adopted into Kiki's family, is portrayed by Corzo with unrestrained, sometimes... Read More

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by JD Jackson, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Joy Nash, Christopher Salazar, Karen Malina White

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Versatile narrators effectively differentiate interwoven characters' perspectives in this retelling of Stephen King's CARRIE, made more horrific by its theme of racism. Maddy (Carrie redux), a timid biracial teen who is bullied at school, has secret psychic powers that explode on prom night. As a broadcast reporter, portrayed by Christopher Salazar, tracks the facts of what... Read More

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