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Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte’s performance on Acevedo’s verse novel, Clap When You Land, is particularly notable for its seamless dual narration, and in its skill in evoking poetry’s rhythm and emotion. As two sisters, one in the Dominican Republic and one in New York, learn of each other’s existence after the tragic death of their father, they struggle to make sense of their past, their future, themselves, and their relationship. Each of these titles is recommended as a listen-alike that connects with various pieces of the performance.
Light It Up. By Kekla Magoon. Read by a full cast. 2019. 9.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $87.75 (9781980044079). Gr. 9–12.
This full-cast performance of Magoon’s novel shares Clap’s devotion to authentic portrayals of diverse minority characters, enriching the print storytelling through narrators who actively connect with their characters, offering more dimension than what is found on the page.
The Poet X. By Elizabeth Acevedo. Read by the author. 2018. 3.5hr. Harper, DD, $15.99 (9780062822482). Gr. 9–12.
Listener’s advisers should begin by offering this 2018 Odyssey honor. Acevedo also narrated her first novel-in-verse, and in embodying her character, Xiomara, Acevedo brings listeners into the life of a developing poet. The performance is appended by Acevedo’s explanation of the book’s final poem; she reads it twice more to share the varied impact a poem can have when performed in different ways.
Pride. By Ibi Zoboi. Read by Elizabeth Acevedo. 2018. 6.5hr. Harper, DD, $20.99 (9780062855046). Gr. 9–12.
A Dominican American girl in Brooklyn confronts her neighborhood’s gentrification and expresses herself through poetry. As Zuri navigates a family she loves deeply (but that causes her trouble) and a boy she can’t stand (but can’t get enough of), she uses poetry to understand the world around her. Acevedo’s narration here feels fresh and true as she code-switches to portray the various roles Zuri and her peers play.
Sadie. By Courtney Summers. Read by a full cast. 2018. 8hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781250228000). Gr. 9–12.
The Odyssey winner from 2018 shares Acevedo’s themes of sisterly love, devotion, and loss. Additionally, listeners who enjoy unconventional formats like novels-in-verse may also enjoy this audio, which incorporates in its storytelling interviews and a full-cast podcast with production effects.
When Stars Are Scattered. By Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. Read by a full cast. 2020. 4hr. Listening Library, DD, $38 (9780593162590). Gr. 6–8.
Finally, for listeners who marveled at the dual narration in Clap, introduce this full cast narration of a graphic novel—ideal when accompanied by print, but more than satisfying alone—which melds multiple voices, sound effects, and music as seamlessly as Acevedo and Marte meld poems.
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