Have Audiobooks, Will Travel

These audiobooks will keep everyone entertained on those spring break and summer road trips.


The luggage is loaded, and the gas tank is full. Destination’s mapped. Ready to go? Press play!

Middle Grade

Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
Some of the most beloved children’s writers—including Matt de la Peña, Grace Lin, and Walter Dean Myers—are gathered in this entertaining collection, guaranteed to resonate with diverse audiences.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Six middle schoolers are ushered every Friday afternoon into a former art room, cleverly renamed the “A-R-T-T room—A Room To Talk,” and encouraged “to talk about the things kids talk about when no grown-ups are around.” Woodson and her own children feature in the stellar cast.

In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien
What do you do when your family trip turns out to be to North Korea? Mia and Simon head to Pyongyang with their aid-director father, only to have him disappear, leaving
the intrepid siblings to save him—and themselves.

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Thomas Jefferson fathered four children with Sally Hemings, one of his enslaved women. Bradley’s fascinating historical fiction gets a sensitive, enthralling read by the ever-versatile Adenrele Ojo.

“Nate” series by Tim Federle
Listeners will want to keep driving to finish this winning series about irrepressible Nate Foster as his Broadway dreams come true.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
In her diary, 12-year-old Nisha records her family’s perilous journey from Pakistan to India during the 1947 Partition. Priya Ayyar brings to life Nisha’s evolution from reluctant and reticent to bold and brave.

Refugee by Alan Gratz
Gratz gets personal with desensitizing statistics, policies, and politics by giving names, families, and histories to three tweens fleeing three countries during three time periods.

“Track” series by Jason Reynolds
Meet the Defenders track team: Each middle-schooler has their own challenges, but together—led by no-nonsense, always-nurturing Coach—they’ll all turn out to be just the champions they need to be.

“The Underland Chronicles” by Suzanne Collins
Before The Hunger Games made her a household name, Collins created NYC’s “Underland,” into which Gregor (the Overlander) must venture to save his missing father—and maybe the whole world.


 

Young Adult

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Assisted by a huge red bird, mysterious strangers, and all the people who love her, 15-year-old Leigh begins the aching journey back to life, laughter, even first love, from the black hole of her mother’s suicide. Stephanie Hsu reads with youthful rawness, embodying Leigh’s experiences across oceans and family histories.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Combining both free verse and prose, McCullough’s revelatory historical fiction debut is enhanced by Xe Sands’s perceptive reading of this portrait of an artist as a young woman, which introduces Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose career was throttled by sexual violence.

“Dumplin’" series by Julie Murphy
Before the Jennifer Aniston-starring adaptation, Dumplin’ was a guffaw-inducing book, starring self-proclaimed “cashier, Dolly Parton enthusiast, and resident fat girl” Willowdean Dickson, who enters the local beauty contest—run by her former beauty queen mom. The tale continues with Puddin’.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A giddy delight about college freshman Cath’s growing up, growing apart (from her twin), and growing in love (for the first time), featuring Rebecca Lowman who voices the novel, with fan-fiction interludes elegantly recited in posh British by Maxwell Caulfield.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Acevedo narrates her debut novel-in-verse, and that’s a sublime gift. She’s undoubtedly the ideal aural arbiter of her dazzling coming-of-age tale about a Harlem teen whose generational, cultural, religious, and emotional conflicts coalesce to teach her “to believe in the power of [her] own words.”

Sadie by Courtney Summers
A stupendous, fully realized production—including podcasts with ads!—about a murdered girl, the sister determined to track down her killer, and the journalist desperate to figure out what happened. Riveting, though maybe best not listened to at night.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Best-selling fantasy YA author Mafi roots her latest novel in familiar reality in this can’t-turn-away, timely story about teens falling in love despite intolerant peer pressure, difficult family situations, and vast cultural divides.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
With their marriage apparently already arranged, Dimple is all but guaranteed to shun Rishi, her intended… we’re talking a setup in a prestigious pre-college science summer program in 21st-century northern California, after all.

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