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Find more Top 10 Youth SF/Fantasy/Horror on Audio
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. By Maggie Stiefvater. Read
by Will Patton. 2014.
Patton navigates Stiefvater’s gorgeous linguistic aerodynamics with ease, immersing listeners in a lush language experience in this atmospheric urban fantasy.
Carry On. By Rainbow Rowell. Read by Euan Morton. 2015. 13.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427262028). Gr. 10–12.
Dramatizing a Harry Potter–like world filled with wizards, vampires, ghosts, pixies, and shape-shifting demons coexisting with “Normals,” Morton displays a chimerical skill at voicing characters and captivates with his humor- and horror-steeped performance.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. By Janet Fox. Read by Fiona Hardingham. 2016. 9.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $50 (9780147525956). Gr. 5–8.
Sent to safety in Scotland, a group of children suspect their new teachers are Nazi spies. Hardingham’s masterful reading keeps listeners on the edge of their seats, and the ending promises an equally chilling sequel.
Froi of the Exiles. By Melina Marchetta. Read by Grant Cartwright.
2014. 18.5hr. Brilliance, CD, $19.99 (9781491507162). Gr. 9–12.
Cartwright’s powerful narration—lyrical, soft, and clear—reflects the understated tone of a dark and quietly beautiful story about the horrors of war and young Froi’s dangerous missions.
The Girl at Midnight. By Melissa Grey. Read by Julia Whelan.
2015. 10hr. Listening Library, CD, $50 (9780553552331). Gr. 9–12.
For centuries, the ancient birdlike Avicen have battled the powerful Drakharin, kind of dragon. Now only Avicen Echo and dragon prince Caius can save their clans. Whelan’s captivating reading lends gravitas and elegance to this timeless urban fantasy.
The Graveyard Book. By Neil Gaiman. Read by Derek Jacobi and others.
2014. 8.5hr. Harper, CD, $27.99 (9780062364463). Gr. 6–10.
A full-cast recording of Gaiman’s award-winning novel brings rich new dimensions to this riveting tale. Jacobi’s narration smoothly elicits every nuance of emotion in the complex plot and blends seamlessly with the dialogue, performed by a gifted ensemble.
The Hollow Boy. By Jonathan Stroud. Read by Emily Bevan.
2015. 12hr. Listening Library, CD, $55 (9781101917374). Gr. 3–7.
Bevan enthralls listeners with this often humorous story, in which ghosts, poltergeists, skeletons, and creepy spirits abound, as 18-year-old Lucy works with investigators to solve mysterious, ghostly hauntings in London.
Scan. By Walter Jury and Sarah Fine. Read by Luke Daniels.
2014. 8.5hr. Dreamscape, CD, $39.99 (9781629237169). Gr. 9–12.
With a host of hilarious, exaggerated accents, Daniels skillfully balances the gravity of perilous situations with laugh-out-loud humor in this adventure-packed sf tale of teenager Tate and a scanner that distinguishes humans from aliens.
Smek for President! By Adam Rex. Read by Bahni Turpin.
2015. 6hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9780553395686). Gr. 4–7.
The wildly inventive Turpin tackles complicated syntax and malapropisms with finesse and clarity and exudes youthful energy as Tip, who goes on a journey both intergalactic and emotional.
The Walls around Us. By Nova Ren Suma. Read by Georgia King and Sandy Rustin. 2015. 9hr. Recorded Books, CD, $87.75 (9781490664613). Gr. 9–12.
Ballet meets murder in this atmospheric and chilling ghost story. The lyrical writing and spellbinding narration will leave listeners thinking about the story’s message long after the last disc ends.
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