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1919

1919 The Year That Changed America

by Martin W. Sandler | Read by Jeff Harding

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jeff Harding voices the many impactful moments of 1919 in this engaging nonfiction audiobook. From women activists fighting for the right to vote to the Red Scare and civil rights riots, Sandler draws parallels to today's social issues. Harding matches 1919's cadence with a forward-moving pace. He uses different accents for quotations, though the women and people of color might... Read More

ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS

ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS

by Diana Urban | Read by Kate Rudd

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kate Rudd narrates this psychological thriller with a great setup. Amber recounts a dinner party during which she's one of six teens locked in a room. Escape may mean death for one, or all. Chapters in real-time alternate with Amber's flashbacks over a year as she struggles in relationships with the bullying popular girl and with her lifelong friend. Rudd keeps the tension taut... Read More

AMBER & DUSK

AMBER & DUSK Amber & Dusk, Book 1

by Lyra Selene | Read by Imogen Sage

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Imogen Sage delivers a commanding performance in this exquisite young adult fantasy full of political intrigue. Sylvie knows that her power to create illusions entitles her to a place in the court of the Amber Empress despite her lowly upbringing. To earn her place, she must accept sponsorship from Sunder, whose unpredictable personality switches from charmingly... Read More

ANYA AND THE DRAGON

ANYA AND THE DRAGON

by Sofiya Pasternack | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Recognized as a 2020 Honor Book by the American Library Association, this culturally infused audiobook is a great listen for both middle-grade listeners and their parents. Set in Eastern Europe during the tenth century, it focuses on Anya, a brave yet humble girl who takes on the task of capturing the last dragon to save her family's livelihood. Narrator Laura Knight Keating... Read More

ASHLORDS

ASHLORDS

by Scott Reintgen | Read by Rebecca Soler, Andrew Eiden, Lauren Fortgang, Neil Hellegers

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble of narrators presents the first in a series set in a dystopian world in which Ashlords rule. Three teens compete, riding magical steeds that rise from ashes at dawn and die in flames in the Ashlords' annual race. All of them are at an unfair advantage and have stakes more important than the prize money. Andrew Aiden mixes a drawl and a tone of determination to... Read More

THE BEAST PLAYER

THE BEAST PLAYER

by Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano [Trans.] | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Kelly sensitively conveys the lush beauty of this award-winning fantasy novel, now available on audio for English-speaking listeners. Ten-year-old Elin's world is torn apart when her mother, a caretaker of giant war serpents, is executed for harming the animals in her charge. Elin escapes the aftermath of her mother's death and soon discovers her own talents... Read More

BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN

BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN The Frozen Sun Saga, Book 1

by Jill Criswell | Read by Alana Kerr Collins, Tim Campbell

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Alana Kerr Collins and Tim Campbell work hand in hand to weave an intricate tale of forbidden love and undying bravery. Primarily voiced by Collins, Lira, a soul reader from the island of Glasnith, speaks with an enchanting cadence that often gives way to notes of defiance. Reyker, who is regarded as a beast, is introduced by Campbell with a low timbre that sounds... Read More

BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED

BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard

by Echo Brown | Read by Echo Brown

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Echo Brown is an excellent narrator of her semiautobiographical story about a young girl wizard from the East Side. Echo, the protagonist, splits her time between two worlds. Brown uses the metaphor of magic and wizardry to explore black womanhood and the freedoms and dangers of leaving the place that "made you." The audiobook sings with complexity and themes that are a step... Read More

THE BLOSSOM AND THE FIREFLY

THE BLOSSOM AND THE FIREFLY

by Sherri L. Smith | Read by Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Greg Watanabe

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Greg Watanabe lend their voices to the narration of this poignant love story set in Japan in 1945. Fifteen-year-old Hana has been tasked with caring for young kamikaze pilots as they prepare for their final missions. Taro, a pilot himself, has set aside his aspiration to be a violinist and has volunteered to die for his country. Kato-Kiriyama and... Read More

THE BOOK OF AWESOME BLACK AMERICANS

THE BOOK OF AWESOME BLACK AMERICANS Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists, and Afro-Futurists

by Monique L. Jones | Read by Janina Edwards

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a warm, conversational tone, narrator Janina Edwards guides listeners through this aptly titled survey of black American excellence. Ranging from the familiar (athletes, inventors, civil rights leaders) to the less widely known (entrepreneurs, beauty innovators, and environmentalists), the collected mini-biographies are grouped by subject area. But this is no dry history... Read More

BREAK THE FALL

BREAK THE FALL

by Jennifer Iacopelli | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

With an impressive catalogue of previous audiobooks, narrator Emily Woo Zeller's talents are not surprising. This contemporary teen audiobook is centered around the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. Gymnast Audrey Lee and her teammates are off to a rough start, beginning with the arrest of their team's head coach. A new coach, a cute boy, team infighting, and struggling with back... Read More

CHAIN OF GOLD

CHAIN OF GOLD The Last Hours, Book 1

by Cassandra Clare | Read by Finty Williams

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

YA fantasy lovers will not be able to multitask when listening to narrator Finty Williams's portrayal of Shadowhunter Cordelia Carstairs. Fans of the author will be nostalgic and enlivened by this new generation of Shadowhunters, which remixes everything we love about Clare's original Shadowhunter Chronicles with an additional vibrant cast of characters to fall in love with.... Read More

CITY OF ANGELS

CITY OF ANGELS

by Kristi Belcamino | Read by Devon Sorvari

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Devon Sovari shows both the sophistication and vulnerability of 17-year-old Nikki Black in a story that takes place in the early 1990s. Upon leaving Chicago, she is lured to Los Angeles by a boyfriend who promises that his contact can aid her photography aspirations. Sovari portrays Nikki's wry wit and sarcasm and also reveals her sadness and guilt over her mother's... Read More

COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES

COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES Stories About Love

by Sangu Mandanna [Ed.] | Read by Leila Buck, Catherine Ho, Laura Knight Keating, Maria Liatis, Sneha Mathan, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah, Channie Waites

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will find themselves drawn into the hope and possibility of young love with this powerful and inclusive anthology. The stories feature individuals within the queer community who are representative of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. The ensemble of narrators adds to the varied stories and infuses the selections with empathy and compassion. The narrators are... Read More

A CONSTELLATION OF ROSES

A CONSTELLATION OF ROSES

by Miranda Asebedo | Read by Katherine Littrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Katherine Littrell is the voice of 17-year-old Trix McCabe, who is trying to survive alone after her mother disappears. Her voice projects a false bravado as she recounts her story of distrust, loneliness, and need. When her case worker tracks her down and places her with the family of the father she never knew, Trix has a chance to change her life's direction.... Read More

CORAL

CORAL

by Sara Ella | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya, Mark Turetsky

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Young Adult

This hauntingly beautiful retelling of "The Little Mermaid" is smoothly narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya and Mark Turetsky. Transitioning between two characters--Brooke, a human who suffers from depression, and Coral, a mermaid--Araya seamlessly delivers an outstanding performance with strong character differentiation. Turetsky portrays Merrick, playing up his golden boy... Read More

DARK AND DEEPEST RED

DARK AND DEEPEST RED

by Anna-Marie McLemore | Read by Vikas Adam, Mia Barron, Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Almarie Guerra, Vikas Adam, and Mia Barron deliver a performance full of wonder in this retelling of "The Red Shoes." Barron voices Lala, who faces suspicion due to her Romani heritage as women dance themselves to death in the summer of 1518. Guerra voices Rosella, a modern-day Latina teen who repaired her grandfather's treasured red shoes and now suffers from the... Read More

DEATHLESS DIVIDE

DEATHLESS DIVIDE Dread Nation, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Justine Ireland | Read by Bahni Turpin, Jordan Cobb

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators portray the dynamic relationship of the heroines in this compelling sequel to DREAD NATION. In an alternate history, zombies risen from Civil War battlefields are turning folks into undead across the country. Alternating chapters reveal the viewpoints of two African-American characters, both trained assassins who struggle to find their true identities. Bahni... Read More

DIAMOND CITY

DIAMOND CITY

by Francesca Flores | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This upbeat and nimbly narrated fantasy balances good and evil with a side of romance. Frankie Corzo narrates the story of Aina Solís, who finds herself leading the life of an assassin as she traverses a dangerous landscape full of rivals and foes. The story is captivating and thought-provoking at times. Corzo's gritty tones bring out the fierce determination of the characters,... Read More

DON'T READ THE COMMENTS

DON'T READ THE COMMENTS

by Eric Smith | Read by Richa Shukla Moorjani, Sunil Malhotra

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Angst, ambition, and video game politics collide in this contemporary YA audiobook featuring dual narrators Richa Shukla Moorjani and Sunil Malhotra. When celebrity streamer Divya meets aspiring game writer Aaron inside the online space exploration game Reclaim the Sun, they begin a gradually deepening relationship that encourages both to stand up to hateful trolls, parental... Read More

EASY PREY

EASY PREY

by Catherine Lo | Read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, Jack Meloche

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will stay captivated until the shocking end of this ethically charged whodunit. After racy pictures of a teacher go viral, three students working on a project together are suspected: Drew, the charming jock; Mouse, the nerdy computer whiz; and Jenna, the wholesome girl turned outcast after risqué photos of her went public. But each denies leaking the photos. A skilled... Read More

FLOWERS IN THE GUTTER

FLOWERS IN THE GUTTER The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis

by K.R. Gaddy | Read by Natasha Soudek

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Natasha Soudek tells the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, a group formed by teenagers to resist the Nazis and Hitler Youth before and during WWII. Numerous members with a whole host of experiences are chronicled throughout the audiobook, including those who were captured and tortured by the Gestapo for information leading to other members. Soudek excels at adding... Read More

FURIOUS THING

FURIOUS THING

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Downham | Read by Jenny Downham

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Some authors excel at narrating their own work. Jenny Downham can be counted among them. Her latest teen novel features Lexi, a 15-year-old whose anger issues are coming to a head as she struggles for perfection, hoping to be accepted by her mother's demanding fiancé. In this haunting story, Lexi's frustrations with her shortcomings are realistically portrayed, both by the... Read More

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

by Charlotte Nicole Davis | Read by Jeanette Illidge

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jeanette Illidge delivers a resonating performance of this YA fantasy in which five girls, known as Good Luck Girls, must survive a journey across the country of Arketta. Branded with marks that betray their identity, the girls are relentlessly pursued by powerful men, their mind-flaying servants, and the spirits of the dead. Illidge captures the fear and anger of... Read More

THE GRAVITY OF US

THE GRAVITY OF US

by Phil Stamper | Read by Michael Crouch and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch's expressive, youthful voice is pitch-perfect for Cal Lewis, an ambitious teen journalist and social media influencer who is uprooted from Brooklyn and dropped into suburban Texas when his dad joins NASA's mission to Mars. The Mars mission has captured America's imagination, thanks to "Shooting Stars," a reality show that is realistically presented to... Read More

HEART OF FLAMES

HEART OF FLAMES Crown of Feathers, Book 2

by Nicki Pau Preto | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Michael Crouch, Samantha Desz, Gibson Frazier, Joy Osmanski, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Catapulting listeners back into the Golden Empire and the heart of the Phoenix Riders, this stunning and highly anticipated sequel to the CROWN OF FEATHERS electrifies listeners. Cassandra Campbell, Michael Crouch, Samantha Desz, Gibson Frazier, Joy Osmanski, Timothy Andrés Pabon, and Jacques Roy unite for Nicki Pau Preto's series once again. With a complex storyline, the use... Read More

HEARTS, STRINGS, AND OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS

HEARTS, STRINGS, AND OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS

by Jacqueline Firkins | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Crushing on unobtainable people is a familiar phenomenon in young adult romance. Just such a story is perfectly delivered by narrator Laura Knight Keating. College hopeful Edie feels out of place in Mansfield, Massachusetts, where she is staying for the summer with her family. While juggling college applications, enduring makeovers by her insistent cousins, and mending past... Read More

HOW TO BUILD A HEART

HOW TO BUILD A HEART

by Maria Padian | Read by Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bilingual narrator Almarie Guerra delivers an enjoyable portrayal of 16-year-old half-Puerto-Rican Izzy Crawford--whose family has moved from town to town since the death of her father. Attending a private school on scholarship and living in a trailer park, Izzy tries hard to keep her family life private. But when her family is chosen by Habitat for Humanity to receive a new... Read More

JUST BREATHE

JUST BREATHE

by Cammie McGovern | Read by Caitlin Kelly, Josh Hurley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a beautiful story about illness, family, friendship, and love, narrators Caitlin Kelly and Josh Hurley shine, and the authentic voices they create make the characters immediately relatable and incredibly likable. In many ways, David and Jamie are typical high school students--stressed about schoolwork, worried about friends, and trying to decide what comes next in their... Read More

KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF

KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF

by Tom Ryan | Read by Michael Crouch

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch delivers an intense performance of a teen thriller that demands the listener's attention until the very end. One year after his best friend, Connor, was the last victim of a serial killer, Mac stumbles upon a clue. Drawn into the search, and with the help of his new, very attractive friend Quill, Connor discovers that the killer couldn't have been a... Read More

THE KING OF CROWS

THE KING OF CROWS The Diviners, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Libba Bray | Read by January LaVoy

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator January LaVoy returns for the final installment of Bray's Diviners series. The dead are rising, and only a band of supernaturally gifted people can stop them. The producers of this audiobook might have been tempted to hire a full cast as there are more than 25 characters in this story. They range from an African-American boy to an adult woman with a Russian accent. The... Read More

THE KINGDOM OF BACK

THE KINGDOM OF BACK

by Marie Lu | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo will surprise and delight listeners with her dynamic portrayal of Mozart's sister, Nannerl, as she discovers how far she will go to challenge eighteenth-century stereotypes of womanhood, break down gender barriers, and make unimaginable decisions that will change her future. Ezzo's lyrical voice is the perfect pairing for this beautiful story of music,... Read More

LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE

LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder

by Kelley Armstrong [Ed.] | Read by Graham Halstead, Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

This collection of short stories, written by members of The Mystery Writers of America, looks at teens facing their first exposure to murder, whether as perpetrator, victim, or witness. Graham Halstead and Laura Knight Keating alternate narrating duties depending on the gender of a story's speaker, bringing the variety of characters to life. In the opening story, Keating's... Read More

THE MAGNOLIA SWORD

THE MAGNOLIA SWORD A Ballad of Mulan

by Sherry Thomas | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers an engrossing performance of this historical retelling of the Chinese "Ballad of Mulan." Ever since the death of her twin brother, Mulan has trained in his place to win the duel that every generation of her family must fight in order to reunite a pair of treasured heirloom swords. But when the emperor demands that all families send a soldier... Read More

THE MEMORY THIEF

THE MEMORY THIEF

by Lauren Mansy | Read by Lora Brown

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lora Brown reads with little vocal modulation and creates scant difference in characters. In a world in which memories are a cunningly traded commodity and some citizens are "gifted" with an ability to retrieve and transfer them, 17-year-old Etta is an apparent enemy of Madame, the realm's brutal leader. Because power is derived from the use and abuse of memories,... Read More

THE MIDNIGHT LIE

THE MIDNIGHT LIE The Midnight Lie, Book 1

by Marie Rutkoski | Read by Justine Eyre

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be swept away to the mysterious island of Herrath through narrator Justine Eyre's engrossing performance. Her varied voices and creative use of accents bring to life this rich fantasy world in which citizens live under an oppressive caste system. Lower-class Nirrim knows her place, and Eyre captures her steadfastness and naïveté, but Nirrim soon begins to... Read More

MOCKINGJAY

MOCKINGJAY The Hunger Games, Book 3

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Tatiana Maslany

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

As one of America's favorite trilogies comes to an epic conclusion, narrator Tatiana Maslany smoothly ushers listeners into District Thirteen for the revolution and climax of a lifetime. In this newest production of MOCKINGJAY, Maslany embodies Katniss Everdeen in both her heroic glory and her struggles with guilt and turmoil over the future of Panem. Maslany's enthusiastic... Read More

MY NAME IS PARVANA

MY NAME IS PARVANA The Breadwinner, Book 4

by Deborah Ellis | Read by Meera Simhan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Meera Simhan establishes a passion-filled voice for Parvana, an Afghan teenage girl who is being held prisoner by American soldiers after the bombing of her beloved school. As they try to get her to talk, all she can think about is her hope for the education and future of all the children in her country. Remembering moments from the past, such as her work in the... Read More

THE NEW DAVID ESPINOZA

THE NEW DAVID ESPINOZA

by Fred Aceves | Read by Christian Barillas

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christian Barillas delivers an intense performance in this #OwnVoices audiobook. After a video of David Espinoza getting slapped down by a bully goes viral, he vows to do whatever it takes to get stronger. Frustrated with his slow progress and skinniness, he turns to steroids in pursuit of his ideal body. Barillas commands the listener's attention as David experiences... Read More

NIGHT SPINNER

NIGHT SPINNER

Earphones Award Winner

by Addie Thorley | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Natalie Naudus delivers an emotionally engrossing performance in this Hunchback retelling with a magical twist. After losing control of her night-spinning powers and murdering an entire caravan, Enebish, now known as the Destroyer, is banished to a monastery. Maimed, with her powers blocked, and overwhelmed by guilt, Enebish eagerly agrees to commandeer adoptive-sister... Read More

NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE

NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE

by Lamar Giles | Read by Korey Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Korey Jackson puts the listener into the mind of Delbert "Del" Rainey as he navigates the tricky waters of high school relationships. Since Del has crushed on Kiera for as long as he can remember, he doesn't see the harm in telling a few white lies to get close to her. When he does so, his past reputation (both true and false) comes back to bite him. Jackson's deep,... Read More

OF CURSES AND KISSES

OF CURSES AND KISSES St. Rosetta's Aademy, Book 1

by Sandhya Menon | Read by Shiromi Arserio, Jason Carpenter

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Shiromi Arserio and Jason Carpenter are perfectly matched in this modern-day fairy tale in which a forbidden romance blooms between aristocratic teens from rival families. Arserio portrays Princess Jaya in a controlled tone and a posh British accent that is well suited to the reserved and traditional teen. Jaya unexpectedly finds herself drawn to the quiet, brooding... Read More

A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN

A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope

Earphones Award Winner

by Patrice Caldwell [Ed.] | Read by York Whitaker, Patrice Caldwell [Intro.]

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

In her introduction, Patrice Caldwell asks why black people don't exist in speculative worlds. Here, some of the foremost #ownvoices YA authors create strong black heroines in tales of "black culture, strength, beauty, bravery, resistance, magic, and hope." York Whitaker's fluid narrations showcase the versatility of stories with settings that range from contemporary America to... Read More

PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY

PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY

by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Read by Madison Lawrence

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

What do you get when you mash up the cult classics GROUNDHOG DAY and PRETTY IN PINK? A delightful and charming story narrated by Madison Lawrence. Meet Andie--an awkward teenage girl doomed to keep repeating the first day of her senior year. As the teen is caught in an endless loop, Lawrence slowly reveals Andie's frustration and disappointment with high school cliques,... Read More

THE QUEEN'S ASSASSIN

THE QUEEN'S ASSASSIN

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Will Damron, Hillary Huber

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the stunning first novel of The Queen's Assassin series, narrators Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Will Damron, and Hillary Huber team up to provide an unparalleled experience. Caledon Holt, a deadly assassin, and Shadow of a Honey Glade, a skilled apprentice, collaborate to take on threats to the Renovian Court. All three narrators are pivotal in a multilayered plot that provides... Read More

THE RAVEN'S TALE

THE RAVEN'S TALE

by Cat Winters | Read by Michael Crouch, Nicole Wood

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Michael Crouch and Nicole Wood share the narration of this gothic ode to the power of creativity. Crouch portrays a teenaged Edgar Allan Poe, who longs for the day he can leave Richmond, Virginia, and his overbearing foster father behind. Just as his goal is within sight, his Muse steps from the shadows to upend all his plans. Crouch infuses his narration with all the fervent... Read More

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH

Earphones Award Winner

by Candace Fleming | Read by Kirsten Potter

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

From its opening, which features a chilling description of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh's speech at an America First rally, Kirsten Potter expertly narrates this nonfiction audiobook for youth. Following Lindbergh's life from his birth in Detroit and his childhood in Minnesota and Washington, DC, through his travels and the controversies surrounding him in adulthood, Potter... Read More

SAVING SAVANNAH

SAVING SAVANNAH

by Tonya Bolden | Read by Robin Eller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Robin Eller's narration captures an upper-class African-American 17-year-old in 1919. Eller clearly delivers the many historical details in the third-person story of Savannah Riddle, who lives in Washington, DC. From the start, Eller voices Savannah's discontent with a life that is superficial and empty. She wants her life to have a purpose. Savannah's awareness of social... Read More

SCAVENGE THE STARS

SCAVENGE THE STARS

by Tara Sim | Read by Maria Liatis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Maria Liatis immerses listeners in a gender-reversed retelling of the classic COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. It's a story packed with revenge, desperation, and conflicting loyalties. Amaya has escaped from a prison ship and is now ensconced in the mysterious city-state of Moray. Liatis's portrayal of Amaya allows listeners to feel instead of just hear her lust for retribution.... Read More

SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS

SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS

by Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani | Read by Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This story, based on the renowned Japanese film SEVEN SAMURAI, requires a narrator who can maneuver through its riveting plot twists and portray its enchanting characters. Narrator Traci Kato-Kiriyama keeps all the threads of the plot straight and provides voices that range from robust to smooth as she differentiates females and males of varying ages, ethnicities, species, and... Read More

SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY

SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel José Older | Read by Anika Noni Rose

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Anika Noni Rose narrates the glorious conclusion to the epic Shadowshaper Cypher trilogy. Sierra and her Shadowshaper crew face danger from all sides now that the existing and emerging Houses know that the Deck of Worlds is in play. Rose captures the urgency that underlies the fight sequences, as well as the sense that matters are spinning out of Sierra's control. Similarly,... Read More

SICK KIDS IN LOVE

SICK KIDS IN LOVE

by Hannah Moskowitz | Read by Amy Melissa Bentley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

A lovely teen novel is brought to life by narrator Amy Melissa Bentley. Bentley provides a New York accent that is accurate in cadence and intonation, setting the stage for this Queens romance. Isabel and Sasha, both suffering from illnesses that affect their day-to-day lives, meet at a local hospital while receiving treatment. Bentley approaches challenging moments with the... Read More

SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER

SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER

by Julie C. Dao | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kim Mai Guest, who has previously narrated Dao's Rise of the Empress fantasy series, returns with an engaging performance of the latest installment. Lan, a nobleman's daughter, and Bao, an orphaned physician's apprentice, become entangled in a time-bound curse that only a declaration of true love can dispel. Dao's rich world-building immerses listeners in bustling markets,... Read More

THE SOUND OF STARS

THE SOUND OF STARS

by Alechia Dow | Read by Joy Sunday, Christian Barillas

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Joy Sunday and Christian Barillas bring their voices to different species in this audiobook, and together they are delightfully engaging storytellers. When an alien and a rebellious teenager join forces to save humanity, the result is that boundaries, loyalties, and the definition of friendship are tested. Barillas's performance as a lab-created and seemingly... Read More

SPELLHACKER

SPELLHACKER

by M.K. England | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Marisol Ramirez delivers a spellbinding narration of this genre-bending story. She expresses Diz's high-spirited and feisty personality to perfection, varying her tone to bring listeners a smart-alecky portrayal. In a futuristic world, Diz navigates a materialistic society in which the most important resource--magic--is unfairly regulated. Ramirez varies her pace and tone,... Read More

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 1

by Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson [Fore.] | Read by Nicola Barber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nicola Barber shines in this gory thriller, which takes place in the Victorian era. The wealthy Audrey Rose works alongside her obsessive uncle and his handsome know-it-all apprentice in a forensics lab while a gruesome murderer terrifies London. Barber's cool tone perfectly reflects the dreary setting and will have listeners squirming as she depicts the grisly details... Read More

STAMPED

STAMPED Racism, Antiracism, and You

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi | Read by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi [Intro.]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jason Reynolds wrote and now narrates a vital and compelling young reader's remix of Kendi's STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING. Together, they have created essential listening for younger listeners, those who are raising them, and their teachers. Kendi himself narrates the introduction, setting a serious tone and clearly explaining segregationist, assimilationist, and antiracist... Read More

STRANGE EXIT

STRANGE EXIT

by Parker Peevyhouse | Read by Caitlin Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This reality-bending work of science fiction narrated by Caitlin Davies asks listeners to suspend disbelief as they follow characters in and out of a virtual-reality world. Davies's task is to keep listeners grounded while the story's bizarre and convoluted events unfold. She nails the listeners feet to the ground by choosing to narrate in a straightforward voice that makes one... Read More

THE SURFACE BREAKS

THE SURFACE BREAKS

by Louise O'Neill | Read by Amy Shiels

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this reimagined fairy tale loosely following the story of "The Little Mermaid," Amy Shiels delivers a breathtaking narration, transporting every childhood Disney fan to an adult world of magical creatures. Shiels does an impeccable job of engaging listeners with her portrayal of good and evil characters, giving each one a unique tone and timbre. Listeners are whisked away to... Read More

THIS LIGHT BETWEEN US

THIS LIGHT BETWEEN US

by Andrew Fukuda | Read by Greg Chun, Emily Ellet

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Greg Chun and Emily Ellet tell a heartbreaking story of two pen pals during WWII. Chun narrates as Alex, a Japanese-American boy forced to live in an internment camp. Ellet narrates as Charlie, a French-Jewish girl who is running for her life. Much of this story is told in an epistolary style, so the painful experiences are in the first person. The narrators make the... Read More

WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM

WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM We Set the Dark on Fire, Book 2

by Tehlor Kay Mejia | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kyla Garcia returns for the second audiobook in the We Set The Dark on Fire series. Carmen's cover as the sensual second wife of a ruthless politician is blown. Garcia voices her with the hard, ruthless edge of a girl trained since childhood to be a soldier for the resistance group La Voz. Disillusioned with the resistance's leader, who is now under the influence of a... Read More

WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU

WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU

by Ronni Davis | Read by Je Nie Fleming

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Je Nie Fleming's performance keeps listeners glued to this angsty young adult romance. Devon dates Ashton during her summer stay at the beach, but after they make a plan to meet for the last day of summer, Ashton ghosts her, leaving Devon nursing a broken heart. A year later, she begins her senior year dead set on achieving her dream of becoming an astrophysicist, but when... Read More

THE WINTER DUKE

THE WINTER DUKE

by Claire Eliza Bartlett | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The frozen kingdom of Kylma Above and the dark watery realm of Kylma Below maintain a precarious alliance fueled by magic. Chloe Cannon provides an immersive performance of this fantasy. Ekata, middle child of the Grand Duke above, is thrust from her scientific studies onto her father's throne after her autocratic family's sudden, mysterious illness. Cannon varies tone and... Read More

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT

by Isabel Ibanez | Read by Ana Osorio

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ana Osorio narrates this spirited YA fantasy, weaving a story of political prowess, magic, romance, and revolution. Ximena's people lost everything when their enemy used an ancient relic to drive her people from their kingdom. Now Ximena seeks vengeance. Osorio's narration offers listeners an unparalleled experience, playing off each character's fear, determination, and... Read More

YES NO MAYBE SO

YES NO MAYBE SO

by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed | Read by Tiya Sircar, Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrating alternating chapters, Michael Crouch and Tiya Sircar are just as appealing as the pair of Georgia teens they portray. Jamie and Maya are thrown together while canvassing for a local candidate. Crouch is endearingly awkward as Jamie, who's nervous about knocking on doors--but that's nothing compared to the idea of giving a speech at his little sister's bat mitzvah.... Read More

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