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February 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Audios
Another Brooklyn. By Jacqueline Woodson. Read by Robin Miles. 2016. 3hr. Harper, DD, $13.99 (9780062472663).
Miles inhabits the complex, introspective August, who returns to Brooklyn to bury her father and is haunted by her memories of growing up in this diverse neighborhood.
Becoming Maria. By Sonia Manzano. Read by the author. 2015. 8hr. Scholastic, CD, $34.99 (9780545880817). Gr. 8–11.
Educator and actress Manzano, best known as Maria on Sesame Street, speaks from the heart as she relates her difficult childhood as the daughter of poor Puerto Rican immigrants and the challenges she faced before achieving success.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. By Jazz Jennings. Read by the author. 2016. 4hr. Listening Library, CD, $30 (9780735207448). Gr. 7–10.
Transgender teen Jennings narrates her memoir with youthful enthusiasm, discussing what transgender is and what it means to her as well as recounting the many battles she and her family have fought.
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. By Dana Alison Levy. Read by Dan Woren. 2016. 6.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781101916438). Gr. 4–7.
In a voice both comedic and gentle and often enhanced by enthusiastic sound effects, Woren invites listeners to join the rollicking escapades of this family—consisting of two dads and four sons—on summer vacation.
The Great American Whatever. By Tim Federle. Read by the author. 2016. 6.5hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781442395008). Gr. 9–12.
Author Federle masterfully narrates this sardonically funny yet poignant coming-of-age novel about Quinn, a budding 16-year-old gay screenwriter who mourns the recent death of Annabeth, his older sister and collaborator.
Here Comes the Sun. By Nicole Dennis-Benn. Read by Bahni Turpin.
2016. 11.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781681682709).
Turpin’s mesmerizing reading and musical cadence engage listeners in the lives of teen Thandi and her older sister, Margot, who is determined to save Thandi from abuse in Jamaica, where homophobia, exploitation, and sexual assault hold sway.
If I Was Your Girl. By Meredith Russo. Read by Samia Mounts.
2016. 7hr. Macmillan, CD, $34.99 (9781427272935). Gr. 9–12.
Russo draws heavily from her real-life experiences as a trans woman for her debut novel, and Mounts’ expressive performance enhances this powerful story of her struggles and the challenges she faced.
Taking Flight. By Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince. Read by Allyson Johnson. 2015. 5.5hr. Tantor, CD, $29.99 (9781494518226). Gr. 7–12.
In her wonderfully effective reading, Johnson channels Sierra Leonean orphan Mabinty, who becomes Michaela when adopted and achieves her dream of becoming a ballerina in this heartwarming, empowering memoir.
The Underground Railroad. By Colson Whitehead. Read by Bahni Turpin.
2016. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781524736279).
Turpin’s haunting narration of Whitehead’s unsettling exploration of slavery in the antebellum South evokes the harsh realities of a slave’s life and immerses listeners in the lives of a diverse cast, white and black, Northern and Southern, educated and illiterate.
Watched. By Marina Budhos. Read by Sunil Malhotra. 2016. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780735287143). Gr. 6–9.
Malhotra’s richly accented narration intensifies the story of Naeem, an immigrant teen from Bangladesh, who falls afoul of the police and agrees to infiltrate a young Muslim organization—only to find his best friend a target.
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