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Adulting via Audio: 23 Teen-Friendly Adult Audiobooks

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The Science of Breakable Things

This unforgettable debut has strong STEM tie-ins, and the realistic yet sensitive portrayal of mental illness hits just the right notes for middle grade listeners.
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Dragonkeeper

Perfect for library collections where dragon fantasy books are popular.
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The Night Diary

Recommended for all libraries serving middle grade listeners.
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The Orphan Band of Springdale

The profusion of subplots might confuse a casual listener. However, those who pay attention will certainly gain new insight into Americans' prejudices about labor unions and immigrants at World War II's beginning.–Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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Tradition

This would be a powerful companion to Louise O'Neill's Asking for It and Mindy McGinnis's The Female of the Species and it also provides a strong curricular connection to health classes.
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Emergency Contact

Fans of Maurene Goo, Jenny Han, and Julie Murphy: get ready to listen in.
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Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

A delightful listen, sure to engage young fairy-tale fans, with enough depth to intrigue older listeners. Consider for all elementary library collections.
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Sylvia's Spinach

This will be a solid addition for many libraries.
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Like Vanessa

Of particular note is the voicing of the character's writings, including poetic musings, which heighten the impact of this plausible young teen.
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Between the Lines

Exceptional character development matched with great storytelling make this novel essential for most libraries.
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Just Under the Clouds

A story rarely covered for intermediate readers that ultimately offers hope to those in a very difficult situation, as well as ample opportunity for other listeners to consider what life in such dire straits would be like.
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Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

Fans of "39 Clues" will have fun solving the mystery along with the characters. A must-have for any library collection.–Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Library Services, UT
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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

Recommended for history buffs and as an engaging entry point to historical fiction.
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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

This collection will be useful for comparing traditional fairy tales to the versions many students are familiar with today, and the ensemble cast of narrators makes these stories both accessible and enticing for young listeners.–Anne Bosievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA
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The Jigsaw Jungle

The story is well suited to fans of puzzles and treasure hunts, as well as listeners with a parent who is coming to terms with their sexual identity. A useful addition to public and school libraries.
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Amal Unbound

An engaging and heartfelt listen. Perfect for book discussions and classrooms.
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Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey

This is a heartwarming tale of the power of the Internet to bring people together, and a reminder of the plight of refugees.

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Hope in the Holler

A remarkable story of friendship, courage, and the power of motherly love is enhanced by a talented performer who brings its strong and memorable characters to life.
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Children of Blood and Bone

Adeyemi's epic fantasy delivers an Afrocentric world of jungles and oceans, leopanairs and coconut boats. Consider for high school and public libraries.
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Love, Hate, & Other Filters

Buy this thoughtful audiobook to strengthen your #ownvoices selections and give this to fans of Tanuja Desai Hidier's Born Confused and Gloria Chao's American Panda.
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Reign of the Fallen

Overall this tale has a fantasy world with a fresh concept and would be best suited for large collections where more fantasy is needed.
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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

Fans of John Green—esque love against the odds stories, mixed with realistic depictions of mental health, will gravitate towards this listenable debut.
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Tess of the Road. 13 CDs

Fans of Hartman's Seraphina will be drawn back into the stories of Goredd and will be clamoring for more.
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My Name Is Victoria

A solid choice for libraries desiring more historical fiction that will especially appeal to fans of the British monarchy.
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Facing Frederick. The Life of Frederick Douglass

Students of the time period, American history, and social movements will find it valuable to absorb the details of Douglass's extraordinary life.
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The Beauty That Remains

A sorrowful exploration of grieving teens complemented with narration that depicts their depth of feeling and paths towards finding peace.
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Checked

This novel is recommended as a perfect addition to any library serving middle grades with a lot of dog and hockey fans.
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Layover

The talented narrators and high-quality production turn an interesting book about friendship, family, and love into a spectacular audiobook.
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The Player King

Hand this fast-paced, accessible tale to fans of Avi's other historical fiction titles or to readers who enjoy stories set during medieval times.
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Black Panther. The Young Prince

This audiobook is sure to delight fans of the Black Panther, S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers, and other superheroes. A must-have purchase for any library collection.
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No Saints in Kansas

This would be an additional purchase only, where historical fiction audiobooks are in high demand, or where In Cold Blood is of special interest.
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Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist

Paired with the print book and the online resources found at esquivelbook.com, this is a highly recommended addition to audiobook biography collections everywhere.
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The Rabbit Listened

In its simplicity, this story is powerful and transforming. By affirming everyone's experience as they try to become thoughtfully independent, this book deserves space on the library shelf.
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Before I Let Go

The story works better as an audiobook because of how the narration paints the blend of emotional and physical creepiness. Not for those faint of heart, but good for libraries where teens appreciate dark tales with a touch of the supernatural.
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Folded Notes from High School

Teens looking for realistic high school stories set in past decades would be better served looking to classics by Judy Blume, Walter Dean Myers, and Paula Danziger.
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Fairy Mom and Me

This is an easy, fast-moving audiobook that young fairy-loving listeners will embrace.
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A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

While teaching adults about some of the stories of childhood, this guide will entertain children with humor and incredible storytelling.
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As You Wish

An additional purchase only where magical realism and studies of human nature are popular.
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Her Right Foot

This is a nicely timed, evocative examination of a national icon, and a reminder of the principles for which she stands.
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No Kimchi for Me!

This bite-sized story celebrating Korean culture is perfect for very young readers and could even serve as basic bibliotherapy for picky eaters.
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I Have Lost My Way

A relatable story about struggling to find oneself that will make a good addition to high school or public library collections, especially where Forman is popular.
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Betty Before X.

While the pacing is somewhat inconsistent and occasionally choppy, the narrator's conviction in the power of the story being told shines through, providing a significant and worthwhile listening experience.
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The Stars at Oktober Bend

This is a superb and moving purchase for libraries where titles like Cath Crowley's Graffiti Moon are widely circulated.
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Tempests and Slaughter

Pierce devotees will revel in the adventure, occasional humor, and promise of romance in this new series opener. The story stands alone and would fit well in any YA fantasy collection.
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All We Can Do Is Wait

An additional purchase where realistic fiction is popular or where the print book circulates well.
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Aru Shah and the End of Time

An adventurous and empowering story, based on Indian mythology, for fans of Sayantani DasGupta's The Serpent's Secret and younger admirers of Riordan's demigod heroes and heroines.
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Me and Marvin Gardens

This story of surprising friendships fits well with Earth Day celebrations or environmental and conservation units and will be a good fit for middle-grade collections.
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Out of Wonder. Poems Celebrating Poets

With a multitude of potential uses, this delightful audiobook is a valuable addition for all libraries serving elementary and middle school students. Adults and teens will find it appealing, too.
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Payback on Poplar Lane

Mincks's novel is perfectly layered with humor, tension, and adversity and reaffirms that true friendship is golden. Listeners will eagerly await the sequel.
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Runaways

Fans of the series will flock to Runaways, but it may not have a following outside of that.
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Down and Across

Fans of character-driven coming-of-age audiobooks touched with humor will enjoy this debut.
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S.T.A.G.S.

A well-chosen narrator animates the privileged and darkly mysterious world of British blue bloods gone murderous.
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The Poet X.

Libraries should prepare for eager audiences requesting multiple formats. Patrons who opt for the audio format can access Acevedo's additional explanatory track about a final contrapuntal poem.

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All the Crooked Saints

This title will appeal to listeners who enjoy magical realism or general fans of Stiefvater.
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The Cruel Prince

Fans of her past works will want this one, as will those who enjoy Julie Tagawa, Sarah J. Maas, and Melissa Marr.
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Elizabeth and Zenobia

Just the right mix of mysterious and creepy for those not quite ready for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Consider for most middle school collections.
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In the Shadow of the Sun

O'Brien, who grew up in South Korea and considers it "home," adds much-needed humanity to the proliferating headlines highlighting North Korean threats.
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The VanderBeekers of 141st Street

A recommended purchase for elementary and middle school collections.
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Dear Martin

With appeal to both reluctant readers and avid listeners, this thought-provoking audiobook deserves a place in any audio collection alongside The Hate U Give.
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

An excellent look at pieces of African American history.
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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

A charming tale with a wonderful moral, true to Twain's voice, that may inspire listeners to seek out the printed volume and other tales by Twain.
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Whichwood

A solid story for those who love magic and mystery. Could be used in discussions about feminism, revenge, empathy, and equality. A quick listen.
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The War I Finally Won

Bradley's previously awarded success means young audiences should be clamoring for this laudable sequel.
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Fragments of the Lost

A good addition to any library.
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The Journey of Little Charlie

A "gay-run-teed" great listen and top pick.
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Echo Echo

This gorgeously performed production will inspire student interest in poetry and mythology, and is a must-have for libraries and classrooms.
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Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by her Granddaughters

This biography will flesh out many gaps in understanding of the author's background and inspirations.
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Quicksand Pond

May appeal to more mature middle school listeners.
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The Girl with the Ghost Machine

This sad but eloquently told story is movingly narrated by Brittany Pressley. Her nuanced reading adds depth and dimension to the exploration of loss, grief, and healing in this touching exploration which comes full circle to its satisfying conclusion.
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Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Very, very, very interesting. An ideal nonfiction selection for middle and high school.
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The Arsonist

This intricately woven sojourn is an optional addition to public and high school collections.
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Moxie

A highly recommended addition to any high school audiobook collection.
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Spin: The Audiobook Musical

A wonderfully produced audiobook sure to be enjoyed by the entire family.
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Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico's Folkloric Ballet

A must-have for biography sections, this audiobook shows young listeners that you can mix the old and the new to create something wonderful.
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Amina's Voice

This realistic story of self-discovery and acceptance will be a strong addition to middle grade collections.
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The Last Girl on Earth

Romance fans should enjoy this lightly sci-fi tale.
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The Upside of Falling Down

With occasional glimpses of Clementine's past and authentic love scenes, this will be especially engaging for fans of realistic fiction.
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

This coming-of-age story about acceptance of yourself, as well as your family and culture, is a definite purchase.
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There's Someone Inside Your House

Give this to your fans of teen horror or the Scream franchise.
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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Yes, yes, and yes to anyone and everyone. Highly recommended to those even remotely interested in fantastical stories, the nature of good and evil, or the interplay between science and spirituality.
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Little Bigfoot, Big City

Littlest Bigfoot fans will agree it was worth the wait and eagerly anticipate the next installment.
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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Recommended purchase for both elementary and middle schools.
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