Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
The arrival of formerly homeschooled Sage -- self-aware and unique -- forces eighteen-year-old Logan to question who he is and whom he loves. Heyborne brings to the surface the tension and angst of both teens’ outbursts as Sage reveals that she is transgender.
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
This story immerses listeners in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi -- Artemis Fowl's archenemy. Nathaniel Parker's energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Ferris Bueller meets Kill Bill. On prom night, Perry discovers that Gobi, his family’s dishwater-dull Lithuanian exchange student, is actually a beautiful and deadly assassin. Boyer successfully juggles an assortment of accents in this madcap adventure that speeds along as fast as Perry’s father’s Jaguar.
The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Brie died of a broken heart -- literally. Now in the afterlife, she learns what love and friendship are really about with the help of irreverent Patrick and malevolent Larkin. With humor and song, Jackson takes readers along on Brie’s emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey.
Code Name Verity
The intertwined lives of two young British women, a pilot and a wireless operator, are transformed by World War II when one is lost behind enemy lines. Christie and Gaskell’s masterful use of both voice and pace heightens the nail-biting tension in this haunting narration.
Prime suspect in the murder of his father, Finn Maguire is forced to overcome his own failings as he tumbles along the trail of clues to save himself. Fast-paced and gritty, Weyman’s narration highlights the emotional aspect of Finn’s by-the-seat-of-his-pants investigation.
Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip
When Pete's future as a high school baseball star is shattered by injury, he immerses himself in photography with his grandfather but worries about the man’s emerging Alzheimer’s disease. Daniels accurately captures the pair’s fear and shame in a narration free of sentimentality, laced with humor, and filled with love.
The year Marsh and Willy turn twelve, they have a life-changing encounter with troubled war veteran Carl, the unofficial caretaker of the community ice rink. Podehl and Paulsen are a perfect team, revealing characters’ vulnerability and the story’s deeper themes.
Warriors Don't Cry
In 1957, nine African-American students became the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beals’s memoir details the daily harassment, name-calling, and physical attacks to which she could not respond. Hearing Pitts passionately deliver the epithets hurled at Beals and her eight fellow students heightens the visceral, personal impact of this classic work.
The context for the Salem Witch Trials, their unfolding, and their consequences are related in this carefully-researched title. Almasy revels in the scandal and outrage propelling the events without trivializing the historical accuracy, clearly offsetting direct quotations and acknowledging primary sources.