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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
After Ever After. 5hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97.
Jeffrey learns to live life to the fullest while getting his first girlfriend, wondering why his best friend and fellow cancer survivor is acting so weird, and trying to cope with post-treatment disabilities. Nick Podehl captures the spirit and emotion of a middle-school cancer survivor with humor and grace.
Are These My Basoomas I See before Me? 6hr. Recorded Books, CS, $51.75; CD, $51.75.
Georgia’s love trials continue as Massimo questions her “maturiosity” and Dave fluctuates between “horn and hump.” In the final installment of this series, Stina Nielson escorts listeners on an angst- and humor-filled journey through Georgia’s world.
The Ask and the Answer. 13hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97.
While searching for each other, Todd and Viola must try to save New World from two hostile forces: “The Ask” and “The Answer.” Angela Dawe’s and Nick Podehl’s alternating narratives capture the chaos and tension of a world on the brink of war.
Beauty Queens. 14.5hr. Scholastic, CD, $44.99.
When a plane full of Miss Teen Dream contestants crashes on a deserted island, the girls must learn to find food, make shelter, and survive without bronzer. Listeners will revel in Libba Bray’s over-the-top narration and embellishments that elevate the text to a “whole new world of pretty.”
Behemoth. 9.5hr. Simon & Schuster, CD, $34.99.
Alek and Deryn find themselves unlikely allies in this action-packed second installment of Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk take on WWI. Alan Cumming delivers an animated performance in this adventure set in the exotic Ottoman Empire.
Bruiser. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $79.97.
For Bruiser, getting close to people can be more painful than anyone knows, so his relationship with Bronte and her dysfunctional family could be deadly. Four talented narrators lend their voices to this intense story.
Carter’s Big Break. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $59.97.
Carter lets his ego get the best of him when he is cast in a movie opposite superstar Hillary Idaho. Nick Podehl’s narration captures both the comedy and tragedy of Carter’s real-world problems.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. 3hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97.
Because Charlie Joe hates reading, he gets creative when he’s assigned to write a research paper. Channeling a frenetic middle-schooler, MacLeod Andrews perfectly captures the inner workings of Charlie Joe’s devious mind.
Chime. 10hr. Listening Library, CD, $40.
Briony believes she is a witch who killed her stepmother and caused her sister’s injuries until the arrival of a beautiful young man determined to help Briony discover the truth. Susan Duerden’s otherworldly interpretation immerses listeners in the mysterious “swampsea.”
Cosmic. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $55.
Liam, a 12-year-old who looks 30, finds himself in over his head when he cons his way into being the “responsible dad” on the first spaceflight for kids. Kirby Heyborne delivers an understated yet effective performance of a kid discovering his inner “dadliness.”
The Curse of the Wendigo. 12hr. Recorded Books, CS, $108.75; CD, $108.75.
Young Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop brave the wilds of northern Canada to rescue a fellow monstrumologist from the grip of the mythical Wendigo. Steven Boyer’s deliberately paced delivery underscores Will Henry’s twisted reality.
Dragon Games. 9hr. Recorded Books, CS, $87.75; CD, $87.75.
When Lord Umber and his ward, Happenstance, travel to Sarnica to study dragons, they are swept up in a civil war. In this second series title, Richard Poe deftly voices a distinct cast of characters.
Fever Crumb. 7hr. Scholastic, CD, $34.99.
Raised by the Order of Engineers, Fever Crumb finds her engineer rationality tested as she discovers more about her identity in the dystopian world in which she lives. Author Philip Reeve brings an extra element to his riveting story in an author’s note and added scene.
Ghetto Cowboy. 4hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97.
Twelve-year-old Cole grows from near-delinquent to responsible teen and passionate horseman as he helps his father and the cowboys save their endangered stables in inner-city Philadelphia. G. Neri’s captivating tale, inspired by real-life black urban cowboys, resonates in JD Jackson’s rich baritone performance. A 2012 Odyssey Honor title.
Hero. 11hr. Brilliance, CD, $59.97.
Thom, a gay teen, seeks identity and acceptance when, to the dismay of his father, he tries out for the League of Superheros. Michael Urie gives a sensitive yet action-packed performance as he portrays the emotion and confusion of a young man coming out.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous. 4hr. Recorded Books, CS, $46.76; CD, $46.75.
Reader L. J. Ganser revels in descriptions of the gory, gruesome, and grotesque deaths of 19 famous people in this engrossing work of nonfiction.
The Marbury Lens. 11hr. Brilliance, CD, $74.97.
After a series of disturbing experiences, Jack is barely holding onto his sanity and finds himself obsessed with a pair of glasses that transports him to a horrifying alternate world. Mark Boyett’s visceral performance will haunt listeners long after the audiobook ends.
Okay for Now. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $40.
Doug’s move to a small town and his subsequent connection to a librarian and a copy of Audubon’s Birds of America offer him a chance to be something other than a hoodlum in training. Lincoln Hoppe’s nuanced delivery gives voice to the community of characters who help Doug find a new direction. A 2012 Odyssey Honor title.
Operation Yes. 6hr. Brilliance, CD, $59.97.
None of the sixth-graders on the air force base know what to think of their theatrical new teacher, Miss Loupe, but when her brother goes missing in Afghanistan, the whole school finds a way to help. Jessica Almasy’s distinct voice and inflections uncover subtle dimensions in the text.
Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas. 3hr. Brilliance, CD, $39.97.
Richly narrated by a quartet of talented readers, this collection of novellas offers listeners a glimpse into the lives of three teens coping with their tough realities through a connection with art and dogs.
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court. 4hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97.
Ten authors explore the interplay of players and spectators over a single day of pickup basketball at the Cage, on West Fourth Street in New York City. Performing both poetry and prose, Dion Graham and Quincy Tyler Bernstine authentically capture the rhythm of the court.
The Ring of Solomon. 12.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $48.
Wisecracking djinni Bartimaeus finds himself at King Solomon’s court in an unexpected alliance with a female assassin who is attempting to steal the king’s magic ring. Simon Jones’ fantastical narration animates a cast of larger-than-life creatures.
Rotters. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $65.
After his mother dies, 16-year-old Joey is dropped into the isolated world of his father, a grave robber. Kirby Heyborne’s versatile character voicing and exquisite timing pull us through the chilling story of the destruction and rebuilding of Joey’s personality. The 2012 Odyssey Award winner.
Sapphique. 12hr. Listening Library, CD, $48.
Recently escaped from Incarceron, Finn and Claudia must defend their claims to new roles; meanwhile, Keiro and Attia attempt their own escape from the sentient prison. Kim Mai Guest delivers a stately performance that pulls together the strands of this complex story.
The Scorch Trials. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $44.
Despite having escaped the maze, Thomas and his companions find themselves fighting through the next phase of W.I.C.K.E.D.’s unrelenting experiments. Mark Deakins successfully differentiates between a diverse cast of characters and brings the atrocities of the story to life.
The Scorpio Races. 10hr. Scholastic, CD, $39.99.
The stakes are high for Sean and Puck in their islands’ annual race of savage water horses. Steve West’s and Fiona Hardingham’s lyrical narration evokes the atmosphere of a rugged island culture forever bound to fearsome mythical creatures. A 2012 Odyssey Honor title.
The Sky Is Everywhere. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $60.97.
Grieving the death of her beloved sister Bailey, Lennie finds herself drawn to both Bailey’s boyfriend and the new boy in town. Julia Whelan powerfully conveys Lennie’s conflicting emotions and inner turmoil.
Some Girls Are. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $59.97.
After the tables are turned on veteran bully Regina Afton, her eyes are opened to the pain and suffering she has inflicted on others. Katie Schorr’s distinctive voice embodies the pain of a teen who has fallen from the top of the social ladder.
Sophomore Switch. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97.
Tasha and Emily each have their reasons for wanting a semester abroad, but when a mishap causes the girls to switch places, they must depend on each other for tips on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. Katherine Kellgren slips between elite-British and Valley-girl accents with seemingly no effort at all.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. 2hr. Recorded Books, CS, $30.75; CD, $30.75.
Tommy collects his classmates’ stories about fellow sixth-grader Dwight’s Origami Yoda to determine whether the finger puppet really possesses special wisdom. Celebrate this quirky story narrated by Mark Turetsky and others in an entertaining fashion.
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay.
16hr. Listen and Live, CD, $29.95.
Jacky is wrenched away from her happy ending when she is sentenced to transport to the Australian penal colony—imprisoned on her own ship. Katherine Kellgren’s masterful handling of pacing, emotion, and a variety of accents sweeps listeners along on a rollicking adventure.
The Water Seeker. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $37.
Raised by a series of maternal figures, Amos Kincaid is watched over by his mother’s spirit as he travels along the Oregon Trail and into manhood. Will Patton’s voice evokes both time and place and complements the magic realism of this folkloric tale.
Zombies v. Unicorns. 12hr. Brilliance, CD, $87.97.
Are you on Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? Decide for yourself with this anthology performed by a stable of narrators and enlivened by the brainy banter of Black and Larbalestier.
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